June 2018 – Canine Noise Aversion

As Spring turns into Summer, with it comes outdoor house parties and activities that you can enjoy with your dog. What also comes is more outdoor noise and distractions that might actually frighten your four-legged friend, especially when fireworks or thunderstorms are involved.

Some dogs have been known to be so fearful that they run away, jump through a door, or fall down steps sometimes inflicting serious injury to themselves and those around them. There are many ways to help your dog cope with noise, so make a note of the tips below and talk to your family veterinarian for more information.

Sedatives:  Sileo (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel) is an oromucosal gel formulation of dexmedetomidine hydrochloride provided in a 3 mL syringe at a concentration of 0.1 mg/mL. Using the syringe, Sileo is easily administered between the cheek and gum, allowing for transmucosal absorption. Because Sileo is formulated to provide a low dose of dexmedetomidine, the dog remains calm, yet fully functional, and is able to interact normally with the family.

Thundershirts: We all like “hugs,” and that’s the sensation a pet feels while wearing a Thundershirt.  Our advice  is to put the Thundershirt on the pet under calm circumstances and let the pet get used to the clothing in a positive way. Thundershirts need a snug fit to stimulate acupressure points that make the pet feel soothing, more relaxed sensations.  (Thundershirts can also be used for Cats!)

Make a “safe place” in the home:  Find a place in your home where your dog can take refuge, preferably away from exterior windows and doors. Close blinds, play music, turn on fans, and use dog appeasing pheromones on their favorite blanket or pillow. Let your dog enjoy his peace and quiet and don’t force him/her to partake in human activities that cause undue stress.

Here is a handy checklist that you can complete and discuss with your veterinarian:

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