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Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2003 Mar;33(2):187-211.

Current research in canine and feline pheromones.

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PHEROSYNTHESE s.n.c., Le Rieu Neuf, 84490 Saint Saturnin les Apt, France. pherosynthese@wanadoo.fr

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  • Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2003 Jul;33(4):10.

Abstract

Pheromonotherapy seems to be a new therapeutic approach allowing practitioners to tackle the treatment of behavioral disorders in a natural, specific, and safe way. Although the efficacy of pheromones has been assessed in some specific behavioral problems, it seems that their range of action could cover the wide field of reduction of stress. Therefore, the use of pheromones should not be reduced to treatment of behavioral disorders (potentially associated with psychotropes or a behavioral modification program) but should be included in a strategy of improving the welfare of pets in veterinary structures (during examination and hospitalization) and in breeding networks (separation from the mother and transport). Moreover, further studies may allow the veterinary practitioner to use pheromone analogues in the field of diagnostics to determine the behavioral status of a pet (e.g., anxious or not, dominant or not). Pheromonotherapy is at its beginning, and the use of pheromones in various fields of medicine is heartening.

PMID:
12701508
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