Could Your Dog Use a Thundershirt?

A 2011 dog anxiety survey found that nearly 23 million dogs in the United States suffer from some sort of anxiety or fear issue. Do you have a dog exhibiting signs of anxiety, but don’t want to resort to anti-anxiety medications? The Thundershirt may be a great solution. The Thundershirt is a pressure-wrap garment that works by applying a gentle, constant pressure to your dog, which has been found to provide a calming effect in dogs. According to surveys of pet parents who tried the Thundershirt on their dog, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using the Thundershirt.

The most common forms of anxiety in dogs are noise, such as thunderstorms and fireworks, and separation anxiety.  The Thundershirt can also help calm your dog during stressful situations such as trips to the veterinarian, travel, and for crate anxiety. Many dogs experience improvement with the first use, although it can take two or three uses to see best results.

The Thundershirt is easy to use. Select the correct size Thundershirt based upon your dog’s weight. Then, simply put the Thundershirt on your dog before or during situations that cause anxiety in your dog. Unlike some “clothes” for dogs, the Thundershirt is easy to get your dog into: just place the garment on your dog’s back and fasten the chest and torso straps. The straps are adjustable for a secure fit.

Unlike anti-anxiety medications, the Thundershirt does not sedate your dog. Rather, it just reduces anxiety and keeps your dog calm. Think of it as giving your dog a reassuring hug during times of stress.

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  • Debra Eaglecloud says:

    My daughters Maltese, (thunderstorms, he is only 5 pounds) anything to fit that one?

  • Abby PetMeds Pro says:

    Debra, the smallest size Thundershirt is for small dogs 0 – 7 pounds, so that should be just right for your daughter’s Maltese.

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