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Adaptil™ and Feliway® : Pheromone-based products

Pheromones are compounds that are naturally secreted by animals to enable communication with members of the same species. During lactation, for example, female dogs secrete a pheromone that reassures their pups when they are close to them. Similarly, cats secrete facial pheromones which they deposit in known places to mark a familiar territory.

Ceva scientists have developed synthetic analogues of some of these natural pheromones.

Adaptil™ is the synthetic equivalent of the pheromone secreted by lactating dogs to reassure their pups on contact. Adaptil helps dogs handle stressful situations better (separation, weaning, transportation, fear of noises, etc.) and enables them to adapt to new situations. It is therefore indispensable during the socialization period of puppies. Adaptil is available as a spray, a diffuser or a collar.

What is pheromonatherapy?

Pheromonatherapy (or pheromonotherapy, depending on the authors), is a new way to manage behaviour problems in animals. It is an innovative and natural solution to stress related problems in cats and dogs.
What are pheromones?

Pheromones are 'chemical signals' used to communicate between members of the same species.

As a result pheromones emitted by one individual can affect and change the behaviour of other individuals of the same species.

The most well known are the sex pheromones used to make the bitch or queen more attractive to the male when they are in season. However, pheromones can also be used to mark territory, intimidate aggressors etc ...

How does an animal detect pheromones in the enviroment?

Pheromones are secreted into the air by one animal and detected by a specific organ situated in the upper palate. 

To detect the pheromones, animals pump air into the vomeronasal organ. This ”pumping” behaviour is called “flehmen”. Depending on the species, the flehmen can be very discreet (as in cats) or quite obvious (as seen in horses and sheep).

On detection, the pheromone induces a subconscious behaviour change.

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