ESVCE position statement on the use of medications to manage acute phobic states in dogs as an alternative to acepromazine

As the festive season approaches, pet owners often consult veterinarians about their dogs’ fear of loud noises, such as fireworks. The ESVCE advises that while behavior modification programs are essential for severe phobias, there is often a need for effective medication. They emphasize their position statement that acepromazine, lacking anxiolytic properties, is not suitable for managing acute phobic reactions in dogs, advocating for alternative treatments.

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