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Companion Animal Practice
Pheromonatherapy: theory and applications
  1. Daniel Mills

    Daniel Mills graduated from Bristol in 1990 and is currently professor of veterinary behavioural medicine within the department of biological sciences at the University of Lincoln. He is a chartered biologist and the first individual to have been recognised as an RCVS specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine. His main research interests focus on animal cognition, especially within the context of animal training and behaviour modification, and the clinical application of pheromones for the treatment of behavioural problems.


PHEROMONATHERAPY — that is, the use of chemicals that have pheromonal properties — offers a safe, scientific and effective extension to the range of agents that can be employed in the treatment of a number of behavioural problems. While they are not a panacea for such cases, they can be helpful if used selectively together with other interventions. Although there are reports of clinical efficacy of pheromones in non-companion animal species, including pigs and poultry, the use of pheromone products has been studied most extensively in dogs and cats, and it is on these species that this article focuses.

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