From the desk of docsef

Thunderstorms. Fireworks. Text message alerts. Alarm beeps. Guns during hunting season. Construction. Screaming children. TV sound-effects. Traffic noise.

We’ve all heard these and are usually unfazed. (I know some will faze!) But what about your dog? Is she fazed by any of these? Does she start to shake, pant, pace, cling, whine, hide, etc.? Studies show at least one-third of dogs suffer from noise aversion.

For years our pets just had to suffer through it. Sure we tried tranquilizers or other anti-anxiety medicines only to find the storm passed and NOW Fido is sleeping. In recent years innovations like pheromone therapy and thundershirts have helped many. Recently, a new medication called Sileo has been launched. While not perfect, I have been very pleased with the effects. Even for my own dog.

Basically, Sileo is a micro-dose of a commonly use veterinary sedative. It is administered orally and is absorbed by the mucosa of the dog’s gums. It will not worked if swallowed. Because it is a micro-dose, anxiety is relieved with virtually no sedation. My dog Vesey¬†has responded very well to Sileo. I have even used it for her travel anxiety, even though it is not labeled for that issue. My thought is: anxiety is anxiety.

So if your pup doesn’t “enjoy the noise”, give us a call. Sileo may just be the ticket for her!

All the best,

Stephen E Foster, DVM, CCRT

Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.

Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons

Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center

730 Concord Parkway North

Concord, NC 28027