Dog Noise Aversion: How To Treat It

While this post is sponsored by Zoetis Petcare, all opinions are my own.

Did you know that 67% of dog owners say that their dog experiences noise aversion symptoms when exposed to loud noises? I certainly am one of them.


Luna has anxiety when there are loud party noises, when tons of people gather together and make the space loud and crowded, or when there are fireworks, for example. And it honestly makes me worry for her and neither of us end up enjoying the festivity.


What are the signs of noise aversion? Panting, trembling, cowering, hiding, barking, escaping behavior, lip licking, restlessness, vocalizing, refusing to eat, abnormal clinginess, freezing, immobility, excessive vigilance... And when left untreated, it can progress to a more severe state and impact the dog’s quality of life.


If you want to know if your dog has noise aversion, you can take this quiz here.


My vet recommended SILEO® (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel), the first FDA-approved prescription medication for canine noise aversion that effectively relieves their symptoms without causing sedation.


It's truly made a difference for Luna and now that the holidays are coming to a close, I am happy to share for those of you who think they may need it: talk to your vet!



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.


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1) Harris Poll: Custom Motion Sickness and Noise Aversion Omnibus Pet Owner Quantitative Research Report, December 2018.

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