This Month's Highlight on Health

Bring Your Pet Happy

When a Safe car ride and Hunger isn't enough to provide a Fear Free Experience for your pet we look to other modalities to make you pet Happy. 

Pheromones

Pheromone therapy is the use of analogues of natural pheromones to aid in the reduction of ​Fear response. There is evidence of effect for dog appeasing pheromone and cat cheek gland pheromone (F3) for car travel and veterinary visits. Pheromones are extremely safe for all ages and health issues as they are not systemically absorbed and do not interact with concurrent drugs.

A synthetic form of F3 pheromone (Feliway) is available in spray, wipes, or as a plug-in diffuser. The spray and wipes can be used for topical application on the examination or treatment table, and for the inside of the cat carrier and hospital cages. The diffuser spreads over 650 square feet or 50-70 square meters for 30 days.

The dog appeasing pheromone (DAP)is a calming pheromone that is produced in the intermammary region of the nursing female. A synthetic form of dog appeasing pheromones is available in spray, wipes, diffuser, and also a collar. The spray or wipes can be used on surfaces such as a blanket or towel placed in the car, on the examination or treatment table, and for the inside of a carrier or hospital cage. The diffuser spreads over 650 square feet or 50-70 square meters for 30 days. The collar diffuses for 30 days once removed from the package and placed on the dog.

Spray and wipes should be applied about 10 to 15 minutes in advance and the diffuser and collar started about 24 hours in advance of the need for the calming effect. Dog and cat products can be used concurrently in the same environment.

Zylkene

Alpha-casozepine (Zylkene) is a tryptic hydrolysate of a protein in cow’s milk for use in dogs and cats. ​It should be started one to two days in advance of the veterinary visit. It does not have any reported adverse effects or contraindications. Studies have demonstrated an effect in reducing anxiety in dogs and cats with an oral supplement formulation and as a dietary formulation that include other products.

Other

Other complementary products that might help to calm for car travel and veterinary visits include
aromatherapy with lavender or perhaps chamomile. Studies have demonstrated evidence for anxiety
reduction in car travel and in the shelter environment.

Music

Classical music and species-specific modified music may have a calming effect during car travel and veterinary
visits in dogs and cats. There is evidence of a calming effect with classical music in rescue, boarding and
veterinary environments and with species appropriate music in the veterinary hospital.​

Pharmaceuticals

Previsit Pharmaceuticals can be extremely effective in helping to reduce Fear Anxiety and Stress.  Your Veterinarian can help you decide if this is an effective option for your pet.  The most common prescription medications used at Redmond Veterinary Clinic are:

Trazodone (dogs)

Trazodone is provides anxiolytic and sedation effects for approximately 4 hours.  It is best administered on an empty stomach.  We recommend dosing the night prior to the visit and 2 hours prior to the visit.

Gabapentin (cats)

Causes a dose dependent calming and mild sedation effect that reduces anxiety.  We recommend dosing the night prior to the visit and 2 hours prior to the visit.

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