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Drug approved for dogs scared of thunderstorms, fireworks

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 5:38 PM - Summer can be a stressful time for pets, given the number of long-weekend fireworks and thunderstorms that pop up.

Pets that get anxious around sudden, loud noises suffer from a condition called 'noise aversion', and it's thought to impact roughly a third of all pets.

Now, a newly-approved drug might help make the summer months easier for some animals.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. has recently approved a drug called Sileo, which is said to have a calming effect without sedating an animal. The drug comes in gel form and it's administered to the gums with a syringe.

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"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," Zoetis, the company that manufactures the drug, says on its website.

Still, animals experts say the best way to combat noise aversion is by comforting the animal -- whether it be by talking in a soothing voice, setting up a safe place in the home or fitting your pet with a dog anxiety vest.

Veterinarians say drugs should only be administered as a last resort.

While Sileo has been approved for dogs, those with heart, breathing, liver or kidney problems won't be able to take it.

There's not word on when, or if, the drug will be approved for use in Canada.

Sources: Zoetis | CBS


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