A wildlife hospital in Surrey has been using a spray designed to combat stress in dogs to help fox cubs in its care.

The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) in Leatherhead deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year and aims to return every patient to the wild once it has recovered.

Its staff use canine veterinary behaviour product Adaptil, made by Ceva Animal Health, to help calm and reassure its fox cubs and has drastically reduced the number of fights and aggression between the animals.

Emma Jackson, product manager for Adaptil, has now donated Adaptil diffusers and sprays to the charity.

She said: “This is a fantastic charity – the WAF staff and volunteers’ dedication, professionalism and unwavering ability to support so many animals with such limited resources, is outstanding. I was truly inspired and humbled by their hard work.”

Adaptil is a synthetic version of the dog appeasing pheromone that would naturally be released by the mother two or three days after birth to support her bond with the puppies and comfort and reassure them.

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