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New anti-anxiety drug Sileo approved for dogs

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The 4th of July is fun for humans with its bright colors and big explosions, however it's not so much fun for pets.

Fear of loud noises is a common problem for the millions of dogs in the U.S. In fact, July 5th has been called the busiest day of the year for animal shelters taking in runaway dogs frightened by the noise.

A new FDA approved drug called Sileo might be able to help.

The flavorless gel, measured in a syringe, is squeezed between the dog's cheek and gums and is absorbed within 30 minutes.

"It actually inhibits the release of norepinephrine therefore reducing the levels in the brain which allows the dog to reduce their level of anxiety," said Sharon, spokesperson for the makers of the drug.

Sileo can typically last two to three hours. The cost for the drug varies, but on average it's expected to be around $30 per syringe.

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