Two of my Yorkies, Dali and Simba, are absolutely terrified of thunder, fireworks, and other loud sounds. Their eyes get wide open and they pant uncontrollably. Simba tries to squeeze himself between the toilet and the wall of the bathroom to hide. Dali shakes so hard I’m afraid she’s going to give herself whiplash.
I’ve tried everything I can think of to help them. I’ve got a closet full of thunder shirts, natural remedies, calming collars, and sound machines. I’ve taken them on long walks and played with them until I was ready to drop from exhaustion to try to tire them out so they’d sleep through fireworks and storms. A lot of dog owners tell me they’ve had success with these things and if you did that’s wonderful, I’m truly happy for you and your pup. Unfortunately, we didn’t and their fear seems to be getting worse as they get older.
I am not one to medicate myself or my dogs needlessly but I finally caved in and called my vet for medication to use on the Fourth. He gave me something I’d never heard of before – it’s a paste that you can administer every 2-3 hours as needed called Sileo.
We had a thunderstorm last night so I figured I’d try it so if it didn’t work I could ask my vet for something else before the 4th of July. And I’m thrilled to report that it worked!!! So if you have a pup like mine that is terrified of sounds call your vet and ask if Sileo could help them too.
You Should Also Know
- Sileo is not an over-the-counter item so you will need to have your vet prescribe it for your pup. Once you have the prescription you can get it for much less than my vet was charging on Chewy.
- It’s really important that you read the instructions about how to use it.
- The ring around the plunger has to be “locked” in place so you administer the right dose. It was a little tricky to do at first but the directions are very clear and easy to follow.
- The cap is really hard to remove. I thought something was wrong with mine but I looked it up and found out that it’s designed to be that way.
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