Stressed Pet? Think Pheromones!

“Follow your nose.”  Who is old enough to remember the famous cereal-selling toucan that said that? Of course one of the things our pets use their noses for is to smell, and this highly developed sense can pick up the chemical substance smells of what we refer to as pheromones. According to Mr. Webster, these chemical substances are produced by an animal and serve as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses.

Our canine and feline companions produce many pheromones that can affect their behavior and those other pets around them. These pheromones can be detected when a pet is fearful, but also when they are calm. Have you ever witnessed a kitty rubbing their face on someone or something while they are purring intently and calm? They are actually “spreading” their facial pheromones on the point of contact to say, “Hey, life is good and I am content.” You and I can’t detect this, but other cats can.

Imagine how stressful it is for newborns (kittens and puppies) when they first enter into their new world upon birth. Well, both mother cats and dogs produce pheromones that their offspring recognize to help calm them and reassure them for adaptation into their new surroundings. How cool is that?

As science prevails, we (the human race) have developed synthetic pheromones to mimic those same “calming” ones that  canine and feline mothers produce. Guess what, these new synthetic pheromones are still recognized by our pets even in later years and they have similar effects. They help to calm our four-legged friends and reduce anxiety. Great idea, right? These pheromones are available in different forms including collars for sustained release and go where your pets go, such as Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (worn by the dog in the above photo) available for both dogs and cats. Couldn’t be more simple. These pheromones also come in diffuser forms where you can plug them in to an electrical socket and the pheromones are released into the surrounding area. A Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Diffuser is also available for dogs and cats.

Does your dog or cat suffer from separation anxiety, storm phobias or inappropriate “marking”? Pheromones may help. How about vet visits?  I know how much most pets love to visit their veterinarian, ha ha! A pheromone collar may help to relieve some of that anxiety. (Maybe I should try one before going to the dentist!) They work great for those nervous travelers as well.

No one enjoys stressful situations and our pets don’t, either. As a pet parent we all want to make our beloved furry friends as comfortable as possible, which includes relieving stress. Pheromones can be a simple, inexpensive, with no negative side effect solution to just this problem. Give them a try. You may be surprised and your pet will be happier and more at ease. Let’s keep them purring and tails wagging.

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