On Defender’s Day, early in September, the festivities at Fort McHenry concluded with a fireworks show. Spectators said the pyrotechnics were fantastic, but there were some residents of Baltimore that were less than pleased: noise averse dogs.
Noise aversion is a term used to describe fear and anxiety associated with noise Thunderstorms and fireworks are common triggers for behaviors ranging from clinginess and trembling to vocalization and destructive behavior. These behaviors can also be triggered by traffic noise, construction, and other loud and persistent noise.
Treatment of noise aversion has been historically difficult. Some dogs respond well to behavioral therapy, while others will never be comfortable with noise and need to be managed for their entire lives.
Anxiety medication or tranquilizers have been used as well, but these medications need to be timed correctly to be effective and can leave a dog sedated well beyond when the source of the noise has passed.
BSAH is pleased to offer a new option for dogs with noise aversion.
Sileo is a oromucosal gel administered between the cheek and the gum, which works via transmucosal absorption. Preloaded syringes are used to dose the patient depending on weight, and the dog does not need to swallow the medication. Sileo can be given 30-60 minutes prior to a known event (such as fireworks) or when noise first begins (thunderstorm, etc) and acts quickly, minimizing the time your pet is suffering from fear or anxiety. Once opened, the syringe of medication is good for two weeks but can be stretched to four if needed. The active ingredient in Sileo, dexmedetomidine, is effective at a low dosage, calming your dog without sedating him and allowing for normal dog-owner interactions. Your dog remains functional!
For safety, dogs with pre-existing health concerns should not use Sileo. If your dog has noise phobia and traditional forms of treatment are not working or have ceased to work, call the office to schedule an appointment for an exam prior to prescribing this medication.
Identifying and Treating Noise Phobia In Dogs