Ever heard of D.A.P? It stands for Dog Appeasing Pheromone. I first came across this little gem of ‘pet whispering’ back when I worked at the animal shelter. We used D.A.P and its feline counterpart feliway to comfort animals who were stressed by the shelter environment. Generally a few spritzes to a towel was all that was needed to calm an upset dog or cat.
D.A.P. is available in three different application methods: spritz, collar, & diffuser. This allows you to really customize your pets method of treatment. We thought we’d like to try something new for Bear’s anxiety. He’s recently starting licking a few spots on his legs when he gets nervous, and we’ve had to resort to him wearing a cone on occasion so he’ll leave them alone.
The diffuser works just like a glade plug-in and refills last probably 1-2 months. I’ve never used D.A.P (dog version) diffusers but I have seen the feliway diffusers work wonders. This method is great for apartment dwellers, or if your pet is often contained to a single/few rooms (Ex. crated, confined to a portion of the home)
The spritz lasts quite awhile, and I think it works well for pets who are stressed by certain events. For instance, we always take ours with us when we travel because it helps keep the dogs calm in our hotel room. It works great for us to spray it directly in the dogs kennel, blanket, or even a bandanna their wearing. Others may use the spritz to keep their dog calm in the car or during a thunderstorm. It can keep a cat comfy on the ride to the vets office or when guests visit.
The collar is just so darn convenient. Reminiscent of a flea collar (but with no detectable odor at all!) this plastic-y collar emits the D.A.P pheromone continuously for about a month. It is great for anxiety issues where it’s constant presence is most helpful. The only issue I have with the collar is that it’s very hard to tell when it has ‘run out’ because a human can’t smell it to begin with!
I’d seen the D.A.P spray and diffusers around for years, but the collars were new to me. So I had to order one and try it out for myself. While I do believe the collar really worked for Bear, I also realize it is not a sustainable method for our family. At $24.95 for a single month’s supply, that gets un-affordable quite quickly. Instead, I’ve opted for the glass spritz bottle which we can use much more sparingly. This way we’re also able to use the D.A.P in situations where we know it will be most helpful for our own pets.
*Each pet is an individual, so the treatment methods and effectiveness will vary from pet to pet. Always consult your vet before making a change in your dogs diet or health care routine.
**These products were fully purchased and paid for by yours truly. D.A.P, Comfort Zone, or Adaptil have no clue who I am, OR that I’m writing this review. I’ve simply had success with their products, and wanted to share my experience with you. However, some of the links in this post are affiliate links which generate a small bit of revenue for SheSpeaksBark.