What if animals made people happy? The sensitive relationship between humans and their pets is a source of harmony for us all. Keeping our pets in good health by giving them appropriate care preserves this key bond for individual and social fulfillment.
Over time, pets, particularly dogs and cats, have become real members of the family. At the same time, the effects of the presence of pets on quality of life have begun to be observed. For many pet owners - especially children, the elderly, isolated or sick - pets are a source of emotional balance. Living alongside a pet has a positive impact on our health. Taking care of your pet means ensuring the quality of the relationship that unites us and, ultimately, taking care of ourselves.
The quality of an animal's skin and coat is a very good sign of its state of health. A pet with a skin condition is one that its owner doesn't want to pet. Taking care of your pet's skin is therefore essential. Skin conditions are very common in dogs, cats and even new pets (rodents, birds, ferrets, etc.) - it is estimated that one dog in four will suffer from a dermatological problem during its lifetime. Dermatological diseases can be benign, but they can also recur, affecting the animal's quality of life. The causes are extremely varied: infestations by parasites, infections, allergies, hormonal problems or, more rarely, dermatoses of immune, genetic or cancerous origin. When treating a case, the veterinary surgeon must therefore determine the origin of the symptoms before implementing a suitable treatment, and may need a wide variety of solutions. To meet these needs, we have always partnered with experts in the sector to develop products for ear care, anti-parasitics, anti-inflammatories, skin care, antimicrobials, diagnostics and animal nutrition. As a pioneer in dermatology, Virbac launched a shampoo specially designed for dogs' skin in the early 1980s. Today, we're continuing to improve its formulas and, in particular, have developed a new technology that stimulates the skin's natural defenses: antimicrobial peptides.
Bad breath or halitosis is common in dogs and cats. Not only does it damage the human-cat relationship, it is also one of the first signs of poor oral hygiene, which can lead to more serious and painful problems for the animal, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), good dental hygiene involves regular scaling by a professional. Regular care at home is also essential: brushing teeth, using chewing strips or drinking solutions. A pioneer in dental care for pets, we have 30 years' expertise in this field and a range of scientifically proven products (toothpastes, chewable strips, mouthwashes) for veterinary clinics and pet owners.
Like humans, pets can be subject to stress. This can affect their health by weakening their immune system. At Virbac, we offer nutritional supplements based on green tea concentrate to combat stress in dogs and cats.
Fostering the human-animal bond also means channeling undesirable behavior. In male dogs, medical castration can limit certain sexual behaviors, such as overlapping. For cats, there are solutions to calm disturbed behavior after a move, for example. Using a pheromone diffuser can reduce urine marking and behavior linked to stress or environmental disturbances.