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Canine Noise Aversion Peter H. Eeg, DVM Poolesville Veterinary Clinic

Poolesville, Maryland [email protected]

One in four dogs has some fear ofnoise events, especially thunderstorms. This can be seen in a number of behavior abnormalities in your canine friend. From simply trying to hide in the basement, to blindly running away from home in fear. This noise phobia event can be very frustrating for the owner and potentially life threatening for the dog.

Different dogs have varying thresholds towards a variety of environmental stressors. In many cases it takes years of repetitive exposure to a stimulus accompanied by other contributing factors (human nervousness, other animals reacting) to show a physical manifestation, so your pets’ phobia to thunderstorms can take years to reach an active response level.

Thunderstorms themselves are complicated beasts. There are significant pressure changes, frantic winds, massive

electrical discharges, concussive sounds (dogs can hear above and below our auditory range) all mixed with heavy

rain andhail. All or just one of these factors can play a role in exceeding the abnormal behavior threshold.

SILEO® is the first and only FDA-approved medication to treat canine noise aversion. It is formulated as a gel medication that was developed specifically to be given between the cheek and gum by you at hometo provide calming relief from noise/thunderstorm fears without sedation.

It has been clinically proven to be very safe and effective without other behavior modification or other treatments. Itis most effective when given 15-30 minutes before a fearful noise event begins (fireworks, thunderstorm, construction, gunfire, etc.) but can be given at the first sign of stress or fear from your canine friend to still relax and relieve his/her fear.

It lasts for up to three hours, It can be given up to 5 additional times, every 2-3 hours, if the fear-creating event is of

long duration.

It calms your canine friend, allowing him/her to interact normally with your family even during fear-creating noise

events.

SILEO® is a prescription medication, Speak with your veterinarian before administering it to your canines,

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