Product: Adaptil Dog Collar
Price: $13.30 (with autoship)
Cheapest place to buy: Chewy.com
Frequency: Pheromone levels drop at ~30 days, replace collar monthly
So, What IS D.A.P.?
When I talk about calming collars to our clients, they most often bring up Adaptil products. Lots of people know about the brand Adaptil but they do not know the science behind it, because of this many people are skeptical as to how it works.
They ask, “Does it really help calm my dog?” or things like “How can a simple collar possibly help my anxious dog?” Well, when these products like the collar that is infused with D.A.P. and the diffuser that releases this pheromone reaches your pups nose you will no longer be skeptical of its ability.
D.A.P. also known as Dog Appeasing Pheromone is a chemical released by the bitch as she is nursing her puppies, this helps them feel safe and protected so that they may nurse without worry. This chemical was studied thoroughly and has been proven to have a calming effect by creating a sense of security in any age dog.
So, Mom DOES know best!? YES! especially when it comes to our pups.
Being in the veterinary medical field I have always heard that the Adaptil collar takes ~5-7 days to see the difference, I almost did not believe it when just hours after putting the collar on my anxious dog I could visibly see her relax.
It was almost as if her mind had never been so quiet, it warmed my heart seeing my baby being able to relax and just be completely content. Which I have not seen to this extent since I adopted her last year.
I had a second chance to see this difference that really put it into perspective for me. This chance arrived when my pups were wrestling and the collar (that was too small for her) had popped off and before I even noticed its is my anxious pup chewing it up! “Okay!?” I say, “looks like we are getting the correct size sooner than I thought”.
This slight mishap made me a true believer in not just the Adaptil Collar but all Adaptil products. I really did not expect to see such a huge change in my anxious girls. I do use this collar in conjunction with her anti-anxiety medication. The Adaptil Diffuser is used in my home for a constant level of the pheromone. It really helps in situations of separation anxiety as well as in storms and pups with generalized anxiety.
Being that I had just moved into this apartment I wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible without creating more anxiety. I was really trying to intervene before my pups had a chance to even become anxious and create bad habits from anxiety.
I already knew that they were going to be affected and will have to get used to new noises, along with the diffuser, I started to use a sound machine. The point is quite simple and is used to cover up outside noises.
There are a plethora of situations where I recommend Adaptil products. My not so anxious pup does still get anxious about car rides, she loves when we get to the destination but the collar and the Adaptil spray help her to be content on the ride its.
I almost cried when I saw her put her head out of the window when normally she would be on the center console shaking while I hold her with my free arm. Again… Confirmation! Another quality of Dog Appeasing Pheromone is that it is essentially odorless, so no worrying about some weird headache causing spray or fragrance; perfect for those with sensitive noses.
Dogs are the only ones who smell and are affected by the true pheromone. Adaptil products are used by hundreds of veterinarians throughout the nation including most of the vets I have worked with. When asked personally they all recommended Adaptil products and many would go over the benefits, especially when used concurrently with your anxious pets treatment plan.
Well, YES!! I highly recommend all Adaptil products. From helping anxious pups with storm phobia to the pups that are anxious about everything, Adaptil has a product to help tremendously.
Using all 3 products in conjunction can also have great benefits and can be used in different situations. For instance, my pup with generalized anxiety wears an Adaptil collar and both of my pups are exposed to the Dog Appeasing Pheromone through use of the Adaptil diffuser.
This helps them feel safe and secure especially when I’m not home. Although I notice the biggest difference when used together with behavior modification and other ways to stimulate them mentally. All put together in a treatment plan I review with my veterinarian.
It is recommended that the collar be replaced monthly as the pheromone levels slowly deplete, the same is recommended for the diffuser where you can simply order refills for the plug in.
So, Thank You to the Adaptil Brand and Ceva Animal Health for a life changing line of products. Forever thankful are my Ava and Ari girls, for making a tremendous difference in all of our daily lives.
As always never hesitate to ask questions!
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