My daughter and I craned our necks out of the car window yesterday to see a double rainbow as we drove along the puddle-filled streets of our sleepy New England community. In the wake of mild thunderstorm we were having a wonderful time, yet I couldn’t help wondering how many of the homes we passed contained a quivering dog.
The truth is that for every one of us who loves a good storm, there’s at least one who fears it. And when it comes to the canine community, a good clang in the clouds can feel like a gun shot.
I recently received a follow-up email from a woman whose recently rescued puppy mill dog Abby had never been sheltered from a storm. For her entire life as a breeding mom, Abby and her puppies had seen them head on through the bars of the cage. And even now in the safety of her new home, the sounds would send her spinning. But thanks to a relatively new product called the Thundershirt, her fear is beginning to subside.
Abby actually wears her shirt quite often as a method of calming her overall anxiety, not just during thunderstorms. (Sweet Photo of Abby in her Thundershirt). The snuggly fitted shirt has an effect similar to the swaddling of a new born baby, and pet parents are raving about the impact it’s having on their dogs.
Separation anxiety, fear of fireworks and overall nervousness are all coming under control with the use of this new pet care tool. During an age when many veterinarians are pushing Prozac and other drugs to ‘calm’ dogs in emotional distress, it’s exciting to see such promising results from a more natural alternative. The shirt runs about $40 and comes in an array of colors.
More Natural Pet Calming Tips?
What do you think? Do you have any techniques that are successful in calming fearful pets? Any natural products that work for you? What about suggestions for cats, birds, bunnies and other species who may also need help?