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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2013

Author(s): Zellner, Antonia

Title: Was können ätherische Öle bei den häufigsten Krankheiten der Heimtiere (insbesondere Hunde und Katzen) bewirken? Literaturstudie, Produktkonzepte, Rezepturen und Akzeptanztest an Hunden.

Other title: The effects of essential oils on the most common diseases of pets (especially dogs and cats).Literature study, product concepts, recipes and acceptance testing in dogs.

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 65.


Zitterl-Eglseer Karin

Iben Christine

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds

Graduation date: 08.04.13

In the course of this diploma thesis and in the context of the literature study it was found that a large number of essential oils have a variety of effects on small animals. Specifically effects were noted in the areas of gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, halitosis and also anxiety and restlessness in dogs and cats. In an extensive literature research no studies about these effects in small animals (especially dogs and cats) have been found. Several studies on guinea pigs have been performed. In the subsequent field study on the market, only few products with essential oils as ingredients have been found. As part of the feed acceptance testing in ten subjects (dogs) it was confirmed that the essential oils of dried anise fruits, bitter fennel fruits and thyme leaves, packed into a smoothie, have been accepted by 100%.

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