Sunday 28th October 2018, 19:00 – 20:00 hours (GMT)
Aromatherapy is the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and other plant parts to treat various diseases (Segen, 1998). A number of essential oils are currently in use in human medicine in the management of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, some cognitive disorders, insomnia, and stress-related disorders (see Perry and Perry, 2006; Setzer, 2009; Bagetta, 2010; Umezu, 2012).
If we talk about animals, very few enrichment programs include the use of olfactory stimulation, although research has already shown its effectiveness in improving dog, cat and horse welfare (Ellis, 2009; Ellis and Wells, 2010; Graham et al., 2005; Wells, 2004; Wells, 2009; Ferguson et al., 2013). For instance, certain essential oils, in particular lavender and, to a slightly lesser degree, chamomile, resulted in shelter dogs behaving in a manner suggestive of increased relaxation (Graham et al., 2005). Experimental odors (Wells, 2004) provided to cats in captivity increased their activity, reduced sedentary behaviors and encouraged exploration, all changes that could be considered beneficial to the animal’s welfare. More research on animals are available on basic mechanisms and evidence-based clinical use.
As well as other types of environmental and social enrichment, the use of the appropriate olfactory stimulation with essential oils seems a promising aid in preventing or reducing stress and in behavioral problem management in dogs. It may become part of the routine management for veterinarians.
During the webinar, we are going to explore the use of essential oils in behavioral medicine with a scientific but also practical point of view .
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Stefania Uccheddu, DVM, PhD