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Animal Care Center of Downers Grove

Treating Noise Aversion

Animal Care Center of Downers Grove offers Sileo, the first FDA-approved treatment for noise aversion in dogs.

It’s normal for some pets to be averse to loud noises, but sometimes this aversion can interfere with their quality of life and cause unnecessary stress.

What Exactly is Sileo?

Sileo is a veterinarian-prescribed medication that calms dogs without sedating them. This means that after it takes effect, your pet remains alert and able to interact with your family as they always do. Sileo is an oral gel that comes in a multidose syringe. This syringe is marked so that you can measure and dispense each dose with ease. Each dose starts taking effect within 30 minutes to an hour and lasts 2-3 hours.

Sileo is not meant to be ingested; instead, the gel must be placed between the cheek and gums, where it will be absorbed into the mucous membranes. How Do I Know if My Pet Has Noise Aversion?

Pets that are fearful of loud noises often show these signs:

  • Restlessness—pacing, laying down and getting up again repeatedly

  • Lip licking

  • Panting

  • Shaking or trembling

  • Hiding

  • Cowering

  • Lack of appetite

  • Abnormal clinginess (following you everywhere, trying to climb into your lap, glued to your leg)

  • Barking, whining, or whimpering

  • Constantly on the alert (hypervigilant)

  • Immobility

It also helps to see how often (and to what degree) your pet reacts to noise triggers, and how quickly they recover. If your pet frequently and intensely reacts to noise triggers and takes several hours or more to recover, they might be a good candidate for Sileo.

Your Pet Deserves to Feel Safe

If you’re at a loss regarding your pet’s reactions to noise events and are looking for a solution that works, contact us to find out more about Sileo. We’re more than happy to tell you everything you need to know about this treatment, including its level of safety and how to use it effectively.