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Is SILEO Safe for Dogs with Fear and Anxiety?

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What is SILEO?

Press Release about SILEO by Zoetis.

I usually don't write about the press releases I receive; considering them spam and deleting with an eye roll. But this one caught my interest.  The press release I received is an announcement of an upcoming gel called SILEO that was created by Zoetis, an animal heath company.  This gel is supposed to help dogs that are afraid of loud noises: thunderstorms, constructions, and fireworks.

SILEO is a gel that is absorbed through the cheeks and gums (using a syringe) and after nearly an hour, your dog is feeling no pain.  This is a way to dose your dog at home, helping him remain calm during a noise event, without making him drowsy and completely out of it.

When I read the press release, my first question is “what's in it?”  I feed my dogs a raw food diet and you don't go through the time and study of creating and feeding a balanced, species-appropriate diet only to wreck it with chemicals.

The press release doesn't list the ingredients in the gel, but when you scroll down you'll find the Safety Information:

Do not use SILEO in dogs with severe cardiovascular disease, respiratory, liver or kidney diseases, or in conditions of shock, severe debilitation or stress due to extreme heat, cold or fatigue or in dogs hypersensitive to dexmedetomidine or to any of the excipients. SILEO should not be administered in the presence of preexisting hypotension, hypoxia or bradycardia. Do not use in dogs sedated from previous dosing. SILEO has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 16 weeks of age or in dogs with dental or gingival disease that could have an effect on the absorption of SILEO. SILEO has not been evaluated for use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs. Transient pale mucous membranes at the site of application may occur with SILEO use. Other uncommon adverse reactions included emesis, drowsiness or sedation. Handle gel-dosing syringes with caution to avoid direct exposure to skin, eyes or mouth.

I'm certain that the safety information isn't unusual.  Now that drug companies can advertise on TV, we've come to expect that everything has the potential of either giving you horrible diarrhea when you're on the train or killing you.  What struck me about the safety information is how different it looks from a natural supplement I use with my dogs that also alleviates fear and anxiety in dogs.

Ewegurt Freeze Dried, All Natural Treat for Dogs with Fear and Anxiety

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What is Ewegurt?

Ewegurt is an all natural supplement that helps dogs relaxed when faced with fear, anxiety, and high-stress situations.  I use Ewegurt when I know that there's going to be a thunderstorm, windstorm, power outage (power usually goes out during a windstorm), or before vet appointments.

If you visit Ewegurt.com, you can scroll down to see the ingredients:

  • sheep's milk – helps support relaxation and promotes good mood
  • beets
  • sardines
  • parsley
  • coconut oil
  • kale
  • unfiltered apple cider vinegar

The site calls it a treat, but I prefer to think of it as a supplement.  I mix it into my dogs' food and 30-40 minutes later, they're doing good and the calm lasts for hours (with my dogs).  I have been using this product for months and haven't noticed any side effects.

While many of us can predict fireworks, we can't predict thunderstorms; until now.  We can shop for Weather Alert Radios at AcuRite.com!  I watch the weather religiously and have the AccuWeather app on my phone.  However, these aren't foolproof.  The weather reports are typically for Seattle and we live 45 minutes north of Seattle.  Getting an alert to storm trends is the perfect remind to add Ewegurt to our dogs' meals that morning and evening to keep them relaxed during thunderstorms.

Is SILEO Safe for My Dogs?

Personally, I would prefer to use Ewegurt with my dogs, because it's all natural and it's a supplement that we've had success using with our dogs.  However, this is a pretty convenient stance to have, because I'm not raising dogs that have severe anxiety.  For dogs that have a dangerous level of anxiety, there may be a place for laboratory created products, when a natural solution (training, diet, and supplements) isn't the answer.

So, do I think SILEO is safe for my dogs?  No, I don't; but I have no proof to support my opinion.  I'm not a veterinarian and I'm not a chemist.  I'm a dog mom and dog nutrition blogger.

My distrust of this product stems from what I've learned about vaccinations, chemical flea & tick repellents, antibiotics, and other prescription medication that come with long-term side effects.  I've become suspicious of anything that isn't natural because sometimes I feel that many in the pet industry seem to be more focused on taking our money than helping our dogs.

And no, I'm not wearing a tin foil hat.  I'm just terrified of the unnecessary use of chemicals on our dogs and the long-term impact on the health of our fur kids.

  • What are the long-term side effects of SILEO?
  • What are the ingredients in SILEO?

Sadly, there isn't a perfect answer for every dog and I'm thankful that I have been able to avoid harsh chemicals with my dogs.  If you think SILEO may be something that will help your dog, I encourage you to go over the risks with your veterinarian so that you can make steps to protect your dog.

UPDATE on SILEO Ingredients: Visit my post on keeping our dogs safe on the Fourth for more information about SILEO, including safety tests completed by the brand.

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