Taking your pet in for a veterinary consult can often be a stressful experience for the animal, causing high levels of anxiety and often leading to frightened or defensive behaviour, especially with cats. This is why at Animal Accident & Emergency we have made some important changes in order to lower stress levels and provide the best possible care and experience for your pets when visiting our state-of-the-art hospitals.
Both of our Essendon and Point Cook 24 hour emergency centres now have separate cat and dog consult rooms, which use species-specific pheromone diffusers to create a stress-free environment to help your pet relax. The pheromone diffusers (known as Feliway® for cats and Adaptil® for dogs), give your pet a sense of familiarity and security, allowing them to better cope with the stress of being in a new environment.
As with humans, pheromones are odourless chemical substances that animals release to convey messages and different information to their own species, such as alarm pheromones, sex pheromones, trail pheromones, etc. By using the Feliway® and Adaptil® pheromone diffusers, synthetic pheromones are circulated through the consult rooms that communicate different messages to cats and dogs, but induce the same end result for both.
Feliway® works by using feline facial pheromones, known as the familiarisation pheromone. This pheromone is common in all cats and originates within cheek glands, which are then spread when cats rub their face against their owners and various surfaces in their environment and territory. These pheromones indicate known places and help to instil a sense of familiarity. Adaptil®, on the other hand, works by using the dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP). This is the same appeasing pheromone that is produced by all female mammals and excreted through the mammary glands, which are used to convey a feeling of calm and reassurance to offspring. Both Feliway® and Adaptil® diffusers used in consult rooms have been proven to help cats and dogs calm and settle, as well as making them easier to handle for vets and nurses, which can be crucial in an emergency situation.
Extended hospitalisation periods can also lead to depression and high levels of stress and anxiety for cats and dogs, even with regular visits by the owner. This is why Feliway® and Adaptil® are also used within the hospital areas of Animal Accident & Emergency in the form of localised sprays. Studies have shown that continued use of Feliway® for the duration of a cats stay in hospital will not only help them to settle, but also to eat more, play more and feel comfortable grooming themselves more quickly. Within dogs, Adaptil® used in the same way has been shown to reduce destructiveness, excessive licking and barking, which all result in a more pleasant stay for your animals.
To experience the difference for yourself and your loved pets, please feel free to visit Animal Accident & Emergency at any time, day or night. Our Essendon and Point Cook clinics operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including public holidays), and offer all the latest state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a 24 hour intensive care unit. Our dedicated team of emergency vets and nurses provide the highest standards of emergency and critical care medicine and surgery available, so you can be assured your pet will always receive the best treatment possible. And remember, we’re always open and we always care.