Do Comfort Diffusers Work to Calm Dogs?

by Naomi Millburn
    Use a diffuser to put your cutie at ease.

    Use a diffuser to put your cutie at ease.

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    Not many images can be more heartbreaking than that of a scared and anxious doggie. When your dog is fearful or stressed out, he can't exactly understand you when you tell him in words that everything's going to be OK. Thankfully, comfort-enhancing diffusers may just do the trick for you.

    A wide variety of doggie-specific diffusers operate by using synthetic pheromones. These diffusers send out soothing, natural scents that are intended to remind anxious pups and fully grown dogs of their mothers nursing them -- a pretty sweet thought. Diffusers utilize artificial "copies" of the mama dog's pheromone -- a quick way to get a nervous dog feeling calm, serene and as comfortable as a little baby.

    Diffusers may be helpful in assisting canines in the most stressful of situations. Some examples of anxiety-inducing scenarios for dogs include trips to the veterinarian's clinic, traveling, the introduction of another pet into the home, strange household guests, loud and intimidating weather sounds and the temporary absence of a beloved owner. If your sensitive doggie freaks out in any of those daunting situations, then a diffuser may be just what the doctor -- or veterinarian -- ordered.
    Apart from just stress, diffusers may also be able to help prevent misbehavior in dogs, from destructive chewing to frustrating urine marking habits.

    Comfort-enhancing diffusers for canines operate by releasing the synthetic pheromone out into the open. Once your little one inhales the familiar scent, his brain is well on its way to receiving the happiness-boosting message -- time for a major sigh of relief!
    Place your diffuser in any key location that may be a source of stress and uncertainty for your pet, whether it's his carrier, a seat in your van or even in his bed. Whether you're battling a dog's fear of strangers in the home or his pesky marking habit, synthetic pheromones via diffuser may be able to calm him and get him back onto the path of relaxation.

    If your pet's anxiety and stress issues are especially severe, speak to your veterinarian about other possible solutions if diffusers aren't very effective. Not all dogs respond to diffusers in the exact same manner, of course. The veterinarian may be able to recommend to you a temporary anxiety-decreasing medication. Never ever allow your fluffball to use any medication without the prior approval of a licensed veterinarian, however.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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