TRENTON, N.J. (CBSMiami/AP) — The first prescription medicine for treating dogs anxious over loud noises may mean your pets won’t have to cower under the bed when fireworks and thunderstorms hit this summer.READ MORE: SeaWorld Orlando Transfers 4 Manatee Calves To Ohio For Treatment
Dog anxiety is 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.READ MORE: 'Sick To My Stomach': Dollar Tree Fanatics Protest New $1.25 Prices
It gives dog owners an alternative to human anti-anxiety pills, tranquilizers that sedate dogs for many hours and generally unsuccessful behavioral treatments.
Owners of a third of the 70 million dogs in the U.S. report problems with fear of loud noises. Dogs are sometimes so frightened they jump through windows or run into traffic, getting hit by cars.MORE NEWS: Add Over-The-Counter Medicine To List Of Growing Shortages
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