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FDA approves drug for dogs sensitive to loud noises

Posted at 5:46 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 18:53:49-05


New Year’s Eve can create anxieties not only for dogs but their owners.

“Most veterinarians will have a run on tranquilizers and sedatives the day before, or the day of New Year’s Eve,” says Dr. Alan Garett.

Studies show at least one in ten dogs suffer from noise aversion, similar to a panic attack in people. The distress can cause dogs to urinate, vomit, and hide, in severe cases damage furniture.

“I had a dog a few years ago that jumped through a glass window, just going nuts,” says Garett.

A recently approved drug by the FDA called Pexion is said to treat these anxieties.

Pexion is given to dogs twice a day, starting two days before the loud event, and during the event.

A study found 66 percent of owners who tested the pill, gave a good or excellent review.

Dr. Alan Garett at Everhart Animal Hospital says prescription medications can make a difference but advises pet owners to be cautious.

“Some dogs need more than others, some need less,” says Garett.

Dr. Garett says most drugs have a wide range of dosages; it’s easy to overdose your pet by accident.

“What is a standard dose, it may knock that dog out for 6, 10, 12 hours,” says Dr. Garett.

Pexion is only available by prescription through a licensed veterinarian.