TABLE 3:

Demographic and baseline characteristics

VariableDexmedetomidine
(n=89)
Placebo
(n=93)
Total
(n=182)
Sex
 Female42 (47.2)47 (50.5)89 (48.9)
 Male47 (52.8)46 (49.5)93 (51.1)
Age (years)
 Mean (sd)6.4 (3.3)6.5 (2.9)6.4 (3.1)
 Median (range)6.0 (2–17)6.0 (2–14)6.0 (2–17)
Weight (kg)
 Mean (sd)22.4 (12.6)22.3 (11.1)22.3 (11.8)
 Median (range)20.7 (5–67)22.3 (4–60)21.7 (4–67)
Neutered
 Yes68 (76.4)68 (73.1)136 (74.7)
 No21 (23.6)25 (26.9)46 (25.3)
Signs in the behaviour history*
 Trembling85 (46.7)86 (47.3)171 (94.0)
 Panting82 (45.1)84 (46.2)166 (91.2)
 Pacing82 (45.1)78 (42.9)160 (87.9)
 Seeking people72 (39.6)72 (39.6)144 (79.1)
 Trying to hide62 (34.1)69 (37.9)131 (72.0)
 Refusing to eat food/treats61 (33.7)58 (32.0)119 (65.7)
 Trying to escape48 (26.4)56 (30.8)104 (57.1)
 Vocalising41 (22.5)47 (25.8)88 (48.4)
 Salivating35 (19.2)37 (20.3)72 (39.6)
 Freezing22 (12.1)27 (14.8)49 (26.9)
 Inappropriate urination10 (5.5)17 (9.3)27 (14.8)
 Inappropriate defecation1 (0.5)4 (2.2)5 (2.7)
  • Data are presented as the number of dogs (per cent), unless otherwise stated.

  • *Signs that dogs had displayed on previous New Years’ Eves without treatment; these signs were collected at the screening visit.