4th of July and the Thundershirt

June 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm 1 comment

With the 4th of July approaching, my thoughts have been on all the dogs and cats who are frightened of the loud noises the fireworks make.  I’ve been seeing articles about these Thundershirts and, after reading reviews and articles about them, feel that I should spread the word.  This sounds like a great alternative to medicating your pet during these stressful times.

What is Thundershirt?

As seen on TV, Thundershirt is an affordable, drug-free solution for anxiety problems in dogs and cats. Thundershirt uses gentle, constant pressure on your pet’s torso (just like a constant hug) to help calm your pet. Unlike most anxiety calming products, Thundershirt does not contain any pheromones or drugs; thereby, leaving your pet calm but not lethargic. Thundershirt is great for dogs and cats with fear of thunder or fireworks (or any loud noise), separation anxiety, travel anxiety, crate anxiety, grooming, litter box problems, barking problems, hyperactivity, leash pulling, and even as a general training tool.

For: Dogs & Cats

Benefits:
Helps calm your dog’s or cat’s anxiety during stressful situations
Drug-free and easy-to-use
Recommended and used by veterinarians and trainers
Over 80% of dog owners report improvement in their dog’s noise anxieties when using Thundershirt

Great for dogs and cats with many anxiety issues, such as: fear of loud noises, separation anxiety, litter box problems, travel anxiety, crate anxiety, and more

How it works:
Thundershirt uses pressure to relieve anxiety. Experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and have been using pressure techniques for years on both animals and humans. Like acupuncture and acupressure does for people, applying pressure to dogs and cats has been proven to help calm them in stressful situations. In fact, 80% of dog owners who tried Thundershirt for a variety of anxiety problems noticed improvement in their dogs. Veterinarians and dog trainers use and recommend Thundershirt for anxiety too.

Cautions:
In severe cases of separation anxiety, it is recommended to use Thundershirt in conjunction with a training program.

Directions:
Before or during a stressful situation, place Thundershirt gently on your pet’s back and fasten the chest and torso straps

Instructions for dogs:

1.) Place the Thundershirt on your dogs back and wrap the short wrap under the torso

2.) Wrap the long flap under the torso and secure with fasteners onto the Short Flap. You should be able to easily slide your fingers between the Thundershirt and your dog’s torso.

3.) Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with fasteners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.

4.) Wrap the Neck Straps around the front of the dog and secure with fasteners. You should be able to easily slide your fingers under the Neck Straps and should not feel restricting around your dog’s neck.

Instructions for cats:

1.) Place the Thundershirt on your cats back and lightly wrap the Neck Straps around the front of the cat and secure with fasteners. Should be able to easily slide two fingers inside Neck Straps.

2.) Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with fasteners onto the Short Flap. Make a comfortable, snug fit.

3.) Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with fasteners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.

Tip: If your pet seems nervous or anxious when he or she sees the Thundershirt, try putting it on the ground and giving your dog or cat a little food, using Thundershirt as a plate. This trick often works because many pets become more comfortable with and trusting of anything that they associate with food.

Note: The fasteners make Thundershirt adjustable for many different body shapes.

You can find the Thundershirt by clicking on www.thundershirt.com/

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  • 1. Cindy Ludwig, M.A., KPA-CTP  |  June 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    The original Anxiety Wrap® is the only pressure wrap that uses acupressure and maintained pressure. The Anxiety Wrap is the forerunner to the Thundershirt and the original. It is the only pressure wrap that is patented. The inventor of the Anxiety Wrap®, Susan Sharpe, certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and T-Touch Practitioner experimented with over 90 different prototypes before coming up with the original design. The original, patented Anxiety Wrap® was recently studied in a clinical research study by veterinarian Dr. N. Dodman and found to be effective in 89% of dogs with thunderstorm anxiety. For a comparison of the products, see this article: http://anxietywrapsays.blogspot.com/2012/02/comparison-of-anxiety-wrap-thundershirt.html

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