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Posted on 06-24-2016

Are Holiday Noises Causing an *Explosion* of your Dog's Anxiety?

In just a couple short days, we will be celebrating the independence of our nation with picnics, family time, and fireworks shows. This tradition is something that many of us look forward to every year, but not all of your family members may be feeling the same way. In particular, the loud sounds of fireworks can negatively affect your dog if he or she suffers from noise aversion.

 

Is your dog one to hide under the bed, cling to your legs, or whimper in fear during thunderstorms, fireworks shows, loud traffic, construction, or in reaction to gun shots? It is estimated that up to 1/3 of dogs in American households have some form of noise aversion. Noise aversion is apparent when the dog reacts in an anxious and fearful manner to noise and it can become more and more severe with each repeated event. With some dogs, this can mean destruction of the house, breaking out of the yard and running away, or incessant barking that cannot be soothed. 

None of us want to see our dogs in this state and so many have tried Thundershirts, medications like Xanax, trazodone, and acepromazine, natural calming agents such as pheromones and essential oils, soothing music, and keeping them in an interior room. However, many of these things often only offer a partial solution and the medications can cause such significant sedation that the dog no longer interacts with the family.

 

Thankfully, Zoetis has released the first FDA approved noise aversion medication called Sileo. This gel formulation is administered between the gum and lip and can be used at home in anticipation of a noise aversion event. It works through modulation of the fearful center of the brain and leads to a calm state without sedation. When used prior to any signs of anxiety, this has been shown to be very effective in alleviating the signs of noise aversion. Watch this video to see how easy it is to administer Sileo to your dog:

Call us today and see if Sileo can help make sure that your pup have as good a time as you during this Fourth of July!

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