Medications for fear & anxiety | Fearful Dogs

I also found this Whole Dog Journal article about anxiety meds for dogs helpful
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SILEO is an oromucosal gel formulation of dexmedetomidine, a highly selective alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist that blocks norepinephrine release, a chemical in the brain that is involved with the development of fear and anxiety. SILEO is administered via oral transmucosal absorption, limiting the amount of dexmedetomidine available in the body at any given time after administration and thereby providing a calming effect without sedating. This allows dogs with noise aversion to remain calm yet fully functional. In addition, SILEO has a rapid speed of onset that can be tailored to the timing and duration of noise events. It works on its own without any other treatments or training.
So I am wondering if anyone has any experiences or advice to share regarding anxiety meds for dogs?
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The first prescription veterinary medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises — a widespread problem that can send dogs running away in terror and harm both themselves and property — will soon hit the market. So why are so many people resistant to using anxiety medication for their dogs?
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The can impact a dog’s health. Chronic fear, anxiety and phobias should be treated as serious medical conditions. If you are on the fence about speaking to your vet about a prescription medication in favor of other over the counter products you might appreciate listening to this by Dr. Offit who is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as a member of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.Not all dogs will respond favorably to anxiety medications and other anxiety products. Some may become lethargic while others may not stop their anxiety symptoms. However, for some dogs these treatments can work wonders. Here are some of the best choices for anxiety relief, from medications to treats and even products your dog can wear that help them feel safe and relaxed.The field of behavioral medications for dogs has advanced in the past few years. Research has shown that many of the same medications that help humans brains deal with behavioral challenges (fears, anxiety, aggression, obsessive compulsive disorders, etc.), also work with dogs. If you are exploring the option of medications to help your fearful dog this gives insights into why and how they can be effective for changing our dog’s behavior.Nicholas Dodman of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is an expert in behavioral pharmacology who helped pioneer the technique of giving human behavioral medications to dogs.* Vets first began prescribing Prozac for dogs around 1990, he says, and it’s likely a more common practice today than it was even 10 years ago. In 2012 alone, an estimated 2.8 million dog owners gave their dogs calming or anxiety medicines, according to the .TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Fido and Spot may not have to cower under the bed this summer when fireworks and thunderstorms hit, thanks to the first prescription medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises - a widespread problem linked to property destruction, terrified dogs running away and even life-threatening injuries to some.

Veterinary medicine maker Zoetis of Florham Park, New Jersey, says recently approved Sileo will be available through U.S. veterinarians within a week.

It gives dog owners an alternative to human anti-anxiety pills, tranquilizers that sedate dogs for many hours and generally unsuccessful behavioral treatments.The first prescription veterinary medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises — a widespread problem that can send dogs running away in terror and harm both themselves and property — will soon hit the market.