FDA approves new medication to help dog owners deal with pets afraid of loud noises


Dog owners have a new option to help their pet deal with loud noises.

Dr. Colleen Carney is no stranger to dealing with anxious dogs at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic in Lancaster County. Some of that anxiety leads to dogs acting out when they hear loud noises. Whether it be from fireworks or thunderstorms, some dogs hide, bark, howl and tear up the house.

A drug, Pexion, has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help dogs scared of loud noises.

“It’s nice to know we’ve got a new option out there in order to treat anxiety for these reasons, something that’s hopefully safe and well tested,” said Veterinarian Colleen Carney at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic.

Pexion is given to dogs twice daily starting two days before an expected noise event and continued through the event.

The FDA says side effects include difficulty standing and walking, increased appetite and vomiting.

Pet owners should know a few dogs in the study were aggressive after taking the drug, growling at a young child and didn’t have self-control toward other dogs.

Dr. Carney says successfully managing anxiety takes time and effort.

Aside from medication things like a snug fitting jacket can help calm your dog during fireworks and storms.

“We can get them through it. We can potentially get them off of medications and all of those things so the training aspect and the behavior modifications that we can offer are really important on top of just having medication,” said Carney.

The drug will be available by prescription only because a veterinarian is needed to figure out if it’s the best treatment for your dog.

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