ADAPTIL (DAP) DIFFUSER REFILL (DOG APPEASING PHEROMONE)
Following consumer research, the leading veterinary behaviour product, DAP, has been renamed Adaptil to highlight its key benefit of helping dogs "adapt" to new situations.
Adaptil, formerly known as DAP, is a range of products which calm anxious dogs by delivering a scent into the air. It cannot be detected by humans, but it seems to have a unique effect on dogs. It is available in three forms:
- Impregnated into a collar for the dog to wear (one collar lasts about 1 month)
- As a plug-in diffuser to release the compound into the air within a building (lasts about 1 month before needing a refill).
- As a spray to be applied to surfaces such as bedding, or in kennels or travel crates.
How does it work?
Pheromones are found very widely in the natural world and can have a profound effect on animal behaviour. Dogs with their sensitive noses are known to respond to them, and Adaptil uses this effect in a useful way. Adaptil products contain a compound manufactured to mimic a natural pheromone produced by bitches while feeding their puppies. In puppies it works to reassure them as they explore the world around them. It has been found that Adaptil works on both young and adult dogs, helping to comfort and reassure them in stressful or fearful situations.
What is it used for?
DAP is able to relieve stress or fear felt by dogs in challenging situations. In young dogs it helps when they are introduced to a new home, or to new challenges in the outside world (meeting other dogs, traffic, strangers etc). Some adult dogs become over-attached to their owners, and are excessively stressed when then have to be left alone. They can show a variety of unwanted behaviours, such as barking/whining, destructive chewing or scratching, or toileting (messing) inappropriately. Scientific research has shown that Adaptil can help these problems.
Are there any side effects?
Adaptil is not a drug and it does seem to be extremely safe to use. It is not however a magic solution to every problem encountered in worried or stressed dogs. Sometimes it appears to have very little effect, on other occasions it works very well. Probably it always makes some difference, but this is likely to be greatest if other methods are used at the same time to help the dog in question with its individual problems. There are a variety of techniques used to help dogs which are “stressed”. These are often not obvious to the layman, and so specialist advice should be sought if progress is not being made.