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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Little is terrified of bangs and I'm absolutely dreading

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Little Eric is terrified of bangs and I'm absolutely dreading bonfire night (and New Year's Eve!). I've tried plug-ins and calming tablets etc. - nothing seems to work. A horse-owning neighbour has recommended Valerian Root; she said it works a treat on her horses. Eric is just a little Yorkie-cross so I'm wary of trying anything without checking. Would this calm the little fellow and, if so, how much should I give him please? (Any other suggestions would be hugely appreciated as the little fellow's terror is quite literally 'off the scale'.

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Considering the severity of Eric's fear/phobia, valerian probably isn't the best choice for him. Dosing recommendations are anecdotal and can end up agitating rather than sedating him. 10 mg/kg an hour prior to a stressful event has been recommended.

I recommend the new Sileo maufactured by Zoetis which should be available through Eric's vet. It contains a dissociative drug which you can read about here:

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Could you tell me how this will affect him please?

It will lightly "space him out" so he doesn't care about the noises. It calms without sedating my patient. Dogs remain normally functional. Please continue our conversation if you wish. I have to leave my computer for an hour but promise to reply as soon as I return if need be.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much! You've no idea how much I appreciate your advice - it's so distressing to see him so terrified!

You're quite welcome. Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.