While this post was sponsored by Zoetis Petcare, all opinions are my own.
No one loves her dog more than me, but real talk here, Violet barks a ton! She barks when the doorbell rings, when the microwave dings, when she hears thunder, when someone comes over and pretty much all the time. But because I love her and she’s basically my daughter, I refuse to use anything that may cause her pain like a shock collar. Dave and I try a water bottle and squirt her occasionally to try to get her barking to stop. While it works to a point, with the holidays approaching I needed something that would help tame the barking once and for all. Holiday parties, loud noises, fireworks for the New Year can all be triggers for Violet’s barking. We went online and discovered that her barking was a sign of noise aversion. I knew I wasn’t alone and found out that 67%1 of dog owners have pets that suffer from this condition.
Luckily, I found out about SileoÒ (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel), the first FDA-approved treatment for dogs that suffer from noise aversion, as fear or anxiety caused by loud noises. This is exactly what Violet needed so I headed to my vet to find out more about it and to see if Violet was a good candidate.
Sileo is clinically proven to be safe and effective without other treatments or training. It’s fast-acting and easy to administer orally between the cheek and gum. The great thing is, it doesn’t cause any sedation to your pet and your pet’s mood and activity level shouldn’t change at all. The vet told me that Sileo is effective for up to 3 hours and can be administered right before or when Violet shows signs of noise aversion. My vet explained that when pets show symptoms such as barking, whimpering or trembling, it’s the same as when humans have panic attacks or anxiety. We need to treat it, not ignore it or get upset with them.
Sileo sounded awesome and something Dave and I both decided we wanted to try with Violet.
I’ll be honest, it was tough giving Violet the gel, but once I did it a couple of times both her and I got used to it, and I did see a change in her. Instead of her barking and whimpering when a package was delivered or when the gardeners were mowing the lawn, she barked a few short times and moved on. She seems happier, if that’s even possible, and less stressed.
I’m looking forward to New Year’s Eve this year because I know the fireworks and noises from the neighbor’s holiday parties won’t affect her like they used to.
I’m not saying that Sileo is for everyone or for every dog, consult your vet before deciding what’s best for your dog. But it’s nice to know that there is something out there other than a muzzle, shock collar or sedatives to help with your dog’s noise aversion.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Do not use SILEO in dogs with severe cardiovascular disease, respiratory, liver or kidney diseases, or in conditions of shock, severe debilitation, or stress due to extreme heat, cold or fatigue or in dogs hypersensitive to dexmedetomidine or to any of the excipients. SILEO should not be administered in the presence of preexisting hypotension, hypoxia, or bradycardia. Do not use in dogs sedated from previous dosing. SILEO has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 16 weeks of age or in dogs with dental or gingival disease that could have an effect on the absorption of SILEO. SILEO has not been evaluated for use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs or for aversion behaviors to thunderstorms. Transient pale mucous membranes at the site of application may occur with SILEO use. Other uncommon adverse reactions included emesis, drowsiness or sedation. Handlers should avoid direct exposure of SILEO to their skin, eyes or mouth. Failure to lock the ring-stop on the syringe before dosing SILEO could potentially lead to an accidental overdose. Always review INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE before dispensing and dosing. See full Prescribing Information: https://bit.ly/2FCeyP8
SILEO® is trademark owned by Orion Corporation Orion Pharma Animal Health. It is manufactured by Orion Corporation and distributed by Zoetis under license from Orion Corporation Orion Pharma Animal Health. SIL-00424
- The Harris Poll: Custom Motion Sickness and Noise Aversion Omnibus Pet Owner Quantitative Research Report, December 2018.
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