What Are Pheromones and Why Do We Use Them?

As an AAHA accredited practice who cares deeply for about our patients, we use Adaptil and Feliway pheromones on site to help your pet have a fear free and comfortable visit.

We want to explain what pheromones do and why we use them in our office. A pheromone is a chemical that animals produce which changes the behavior of another animal of the same species.  Many people say that pheromones are behavior-altering agents. At Brook Farm Veterinary Center we use two different types of pheromones. We use Feliway and Adaptil which are used to help decrease stress and anxiety in your pets when they’re at Brook Farm Veterinary Center.  These help increase relaxation and comfort throughout your pet’s visit with us.  We always want your pets to feel safe and secure when coming to Brook Farm Veterinary Center and, we understand most pets see the vet as a scary place, so, we’re trying to do what we can to help them have a pleasant and fear free visit.  

Did you know that pheromones promote a sense of safety for pets by mimicking the scent that their mother’s had at birth?     

According to Dr. Marty Becker, “Dogs and cats process these chemical communications with their vomeronasal organ, sort of a second “nose” that is located on the roof of a dog or cat’s mouth. It sends pheromone signals directly to the brain’s emotional center, where they create an emotional response in the animals who receive them.”

Those emotional messages can range so it’s super important that places like Brook Farm Veterinary Center eliminate the presence of any anxiety-inducing pheromones and appropriate cleaners that get rid of odors from urine and feces and pheromones emitted from another frightened or anxious pet.

At Brook Farm Veterinary Center we use synthetic pheromones that signal calm comfort.  For our canine patients we use Adaptil and for our feline patients we use Feliway.  These are both available in the form of sprays, diffusers, wipes and collars and can be used not only in clinics, but in your home too. Not only is this beneficial for us to have in our facilities but, it’s also found to be beneficial to have in your home too.  Do not worry if you have cats and dogs because thankfully the pheromones they give off won’t mix and confuse the two species.  Cats and dogs both receive different types of signals to keep them comfortable and fear free. So if you have a nervous or anxious pet, give pheromones a try! They are not harmful to your pets in any way and can make a big difference. Try them out and let us know if you notice a difference in your pets demeanor. 

Source: https://www.drmartybecker.com/fear-free/what-are-pheromones-and-how-can-they-help-cats-and-dogs/

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