New Drug may be Solution for your Dog's Noise Aversion

Summer is fast approaching and this means celebrations, fireworks and thunderstorms.  If your dog has noise aversion, however, these things can be very frightening. At least one third of all dogs in the United States have some form of noise aversion, according to a recent study.  Although the problem is fairly common, dog owners often do not seek help from their veterinarian or they try to find solutions on their own without success.


The good news is that at North Elm we have had very good success with a medication called Sileo, which means “be silent.”  It is calming without being sedating and easy to administer at home.  It has quick onset of action, which is best for the dog.  It has been safe and effective in a randomized, placebo-controlled study, according to Zoetis, the company that manufactures the drug.


Dr. Coates had one patient who broke his own tooth, he became so stressed during storms.  She started him on Sileo and it worked so well that he is now able to go on the lowest dose with great results.  Our veterinarians have used Sileo mainly for storm fears, but the manufacturer says it works for all forms of noise aversion.


Fear of noises results in behavioral or physiological responses that drive the dog to seek shelter or otherwise avoid the perceived danger.  Common behaviors pet owners observe in their pets in descending order of frequency are:


  • trembling/shaking/ears back
  • clinginess
  • hiding
  • panting
  • pacing/restless
  • whining/whimpering
  • cowering
  • being hyper-vigilant
  • trying to escape
  • lip licking/yawning

If you observe these behaviors in your dog when there has been loud noises or a storm, he or she may be suffering from noise aversion.


“There is no suffering and pain worse for dogs than that caused by fear. Fear deprives dogs of joy and damages relationships,” says Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB in an article in  Fear of noises is one of the most common canine behavioral conditions. Early recognition of the problem is important to help the dog and keep the behavior from getting worse.


Sileo is administered as a gel by a plunger to the tissue between the cheek and gum of the dog.  It is not for use in dogs with severe cardiovascular, respiratory, liver or kidney diseases.  One of our veterinarians can advise you whether Sileo may be appropriate for your pet.  Call or contact us for an appointment.  We would be happy to help you and your pooch enjoy the coming summer and all of its noise and fun!


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