July 4th always brings about a certain level of anxiety for many dogs across the country. While many July 4th parades and fireworks displays are being cancelled due to COVID-19, your dog still may have to deal with the noise erupting from fireworks at neighborhood parties. This means the noise may actually be closer, louder and much scarier for your dog. Calming your dog’s anxiety can feel like a battle you continue to lose year after year. Listen close, we found a product that works wonders at treating a dog’s fear and anxiety due to loud noise.
Sileo for Dogs
Sileo (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel) is a product specifically used to treat dogs that suffer from fear and anxiety related to noise. In fact, this, as needed, gel treatment is the very first product to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of noise aversion. To clarify, noise aversion simply means that a dog is afraid of loud noises. Furthermore, loud noises are not always specifically related to fireworks. Any loud noises can trigger anxiety. Traffic, construction work, kids playing in street and many other loud noises may disturb your dog.
More about Sileo
Sileo is a gel product that must be prescribed by your veterinarian. It is a treatment that you can depend on to be safe for your dogs. It’s super easy to apply and is fast-acting. The dose comes prepackaged already in the syringe for you. The gel is not swallowed by your dog, it is absorbed into your dog’s body through his gums. It takes about 30 – 60 minutes for the dose to take effect. If behaviors associated with the noise trigger reoccur, you can give your dog a dose every two hours. Another great bonus of this medicine is that is will calm your dog down without causing him to appear loopy, drugged or overly sedated, which often worries pet parents. Simply put, it works!
Triggers and Signs of Noise Aversion
Triggers and signs of noise aversion vary from dog to dog. Some dogs will be afraid of all noises while others may have specific noise triggers. There is often no rhyme or reason as to “why” certain noises produce the anxiety and behaviors related to it. Signs of anxiety may be: panting, shaking, hiding, hypervigilance, cowering, clinginess, refusal to eat, yawing, vocalizing, restlessness, licking lips and more.
How to Help
• Remove your dog from environments that may be triggers whenever possible.
• Keep visual stimulation from lightning and fireworks at bay by closing curtains and blinds.
• Put your dog in rooms that may act as sound barriers. Basements, closets, and bathrooms are often noise-free zones.
• Calm your dog via sounds from fans, televisions and/or music.
• Act normal. Carry on with your regular activities. Fawning over your dog will only encourage your dog to continue behaviors associated with the anxiety trigger.
• Be present and be patient. Your calming presence will reduce anxiety. Don’t leave your dog alone when you know he’ll be exposed to sound triggers. Be patient with your dog’s behaviors as he acts out of fear. Punishment is never the answer.
We encourage you to try Sileo for dogs to treat noise aversion. Check their website for more information, frequently asked questions as well as application videos and more. Let us know how your dog does use Sileo.