New drug meant to help dogs with anxiety

The drug was created by veterinary medicine maker Zoetis

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a new drug that may help your dog stay calm during a thunderstorm, or even fireworks.

It’s called “Sileo.” It’s the first prescription medicine for treating dogs’ anxiety over loud noises.

There’s been growing widespread concern over dogs and there reaction to loud noises. Some dogs have been reported to jump through windows, run into traffic, and sadly get hit by cars.

The drug was created by veterinary medicine maker Zoetis in New Jersey. The drug works similar to human anti-anxiety pills, and it’s said to sedate dogs for many hours.

Katie Therrien of Greenfield told 22News she would consider using this drug on her dog; “I would probably want to get some insight from other people before I give it to mine, but if it works, yeah I would.”

In a new report, owners of about one third of 70 million dogs in the U.S. say their dogs have a fear with loud noises. This anti-anxiety drug will be available at all veterinaries in the U.S. by next week.

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