Comforting Pheromones: Can They Really Make A Difference?
If you have been in our exam rooms, some of you may have noticed a little bubble shaped plug-in on the wall. Ever wonder what these are for? No, they aren’t air fresheners or night-lights. They are pheromone diffusers.
Pheromones are natural substances that play a large part in communication between animals. Certain pheromones play a large role in comforting animals. For example, when a cat feels safe and secure, it rubs its head against various objects in its environment. The facial pheromones this rubbing action leaves behind later helps the cat gain emotional support with minimal anxiety in that certain area of their environment (such as a living room or bedroom). A dog that has just had puppies usually releases the canine appeasing pheromone. This pheromone helps to support bonding and to comfort and reassure her puppies which gives them confidence to explore the world around them. The canine appeasing pheromone has the same comforting effect on adult dogs. Having comforting pheromones diffused into our exam rooms helps create a less stressful environment for your pet.
The diffuser in the cat exam room is called Feliway. Cats only need to detect a very small amount of the pheromone to receive the comforting and reassuring effects. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone. It is safe for all cats, non-sedative and non-systemic. It will not affect people or dogs. Cats cannot overdose on this pheromone being diffused into the room.
The diffuser in the dog exam room is called Adaptil. Dogs can gain a feeling of comfort and confidence after detecting small amounts of the pheromone. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the canine appeasing pheromone. It is safe for all dogs, non-sedative and non-systemic. It will not affect people or cats. Dogs cannot overdose on this pheromone being diffused into the room.