Evaluation of dog-appeasing pheromone as a potential treatment for dogs fearful of fireworks

Sheppard, G. and Mills, D. S. (2003) Evaluation of dog-appeasing pheromone as a potential treatment for dogs fearful of fireworks. The Veterinary Record, 152 (14). pp. 432-436. ISSN 0042-4900

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Thirty dogs that showed signs of fear in response to fireworks participated in an open clinical trial to assess the potential value of dog-appeasing pheromone for the alleviation on their behavioural signs. The treatment was delivered continuously into the atmosphere of each dog's home with an electrically heated diffuser. At the baseline assessments, the owners identified the behavioural signs of fear that their dogs normally displayed in response to fireworks, rated their frequency and assessed the overall severity of their responses. These measures were repeated at the final assessment and the owners also rated the change in their dog's responses. There were significant improvements in the owners' rating of nine of the 14 behavioural signs of fear that were examined, and in their ratings of the overall severity of the responses. The treatment was generally associated with a reduction in the intensity of fear but there were variations in the responses of individual dogs.

Keywords:anxiolytic agent, dap, pheromone, sedative agent, aged, animal behavior, animal disease, article, clinical study, controlled study, disease severity, evaluation, fear, female, frequency analysis, male, nonhuman, open study, phobia, rating scale, treatment outcome, Aerosols, Animals, Behavior, Animal, Dogs, Firearms, Pheromones, Animalia, Canis familiaris
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:9087
Deposited On:07 May 2013 08:43

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