L-Theanine Shows A Reduction In The Intensity Of Phobic Symptoms In Canines
Twenty subjects with a specific noise phobia were selected through a behavioural examination and thereafter divided into two groups. For 63 days, group 1 received behavioural therapy in conjunction with L-Theanine, while group 2 received only behavioural therapy. All subjects underwent blood sampling, before and after treatment, for the evaluation of blood cortisol.
Twice a week owners were asked to fill in a questionnaire containing a list of symptoms related to the phobic state. Two telephone interviews were made to assess adherence to therapy. Statistical analysis of the data collected was carried out. Results and discussion - A statistically significant reduction in the intensity of phobic symptoms was observed in both groups; a decrease in certain specific behaviours (panting, drooling, lip licking, yawning, drawing the attention of the owner, vocalizing, exhibiting compulsive behaviours) was observed only in first group.