Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Summer Storm Safety

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    As we are all aware, summertime storms can cause MAJOR anxiety and stress in our dogs and cats. And, it’s just about that time of year when super storms and hurricanes begin to arrive. Using a Thundershirt is an excellent way to calm your dog or cat should heavy winds, thunder and rain begin to pick up. In addition to using a ThunderShirt, here are a few more tips to keep in mind should heavy storms and troublesome weather arrive:

    • A permanent pet ID such as microchip is advised to help you locate your pet in case they get lost.
    • Keep pets inside and monitor them when the go out for bathroom breaks, at times, storms can spook pets into running away.
    • Photograph each pet and store these pictures with other important documents in sealed/waterproof plastic bags.
    • Make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Boarding kennels typically require proof of current vaccinations.
    • During a storm, you can play pet-friendly, classical music, or even run a load of dishes or laundry. The calming or familiar noise may be relaxing to your pets.
    • Also, have your pets’ favorite toy, blanket and/or bed nearby during a severe storm.
    • Try not to scold a scare pet as it may confuse them and reinforce fearful behaviors.

    We hope you have a safe and calming storm season!

  • “Get it While its… Green!” Check out our new, Limited Edition Green Polo!

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    At ThunderShirt, we value variety, and think your dog should too! So, why not change up their relaxation routine with the Limited Edition Green Polo?!  Perfect for both male and female dogs, the contrasting combo of bright Lime Green and sophisticated Hunter Green are a stylish segue from summer to Fall!

    To order the Limited Edition Green Polo for a lovable dog in your life, visit www.ThunderShirt.Com!

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  • Winner Winner! ThunderLeash wins coveted Pet Product News Editor’s Choice Award!

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    We’re thrilled to announce that the new ThunderLeash is a proud recipient of one of the highest pet industry honors, the Pet Product News Editor’s 1 Choice Award!  Not only are we honored to have been chosen, but we are extremely grateful that the editors of Pet Product News International found the ThunderLeash to be an innovative and useful solution!

    New to the ThunderLeash? Allow us to introduce you!

    ThunderLeash will help make walking your dog a hassle free, positive experience for both you and your dog. Dog harnesses can be great tools for many dogs, but not everyone wants to make the effort to get one onto their dog or to have extra stuff to carry around. ThunderLeash is the perfect combination of simplicity and functionality. For those times you just need a standard leash for a quick walk or for times when your dog is well behaved, simply connect the ThunderLeash to your dog’s collar just like any other leash. But for times when pulling might be a problem, simply wrap ThunderLeash around your dog’s torso and slide it into the harness slot. Now whenever your dog pulls a mild pressure is applied to his torso and the pulling will quickly cease. With the ThunderLeash you will finally be able to walk your dog, instead of being walked by your dog.

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  • Pets Can Suffer From Empty Nest Syndrome Too

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    We are happy to announce that we have another guest blogger today! Take it away Sandy!

     

     Pets really enjoy the summer months as much as people do simply because the kids are home from school and there’s lots of activities and outings to keep them engaged and happy to be around the people they love the most.

    Then September rolls around and children go back to school or off to college and the sudden emptiness in the home can leave them feeling very lonely and depressed – and often anxious too.

    According to Professor Nicholas Dodman, director of the small animal behavior clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA at least one in six dogs will exhibit symptoms of separation anxiety or display increased levels if they are already prone to the condition, along with a countless number of cats.

    “Dogs and cats that enjoy human interaction and affection can become psychologically unglued especially if their best human friend in the household happens to be one of the kids and suddenly that person “disappears” and goes off to college. It definitely leaves a void in the pet’s lifestyle,” explains Dodman. “The same applies when kids go back to school and suddenly their lives are so filled with extra mural activities that they no longer have the same amount of time for fun that includes the family pet.”

    Dodman cited the a canine client who had slept in with his teenage best friend since puppyhood and when the boy went off to college, the dog found himself sleeping alone in the empty bedroom.  He started howling at night looking for a new place to sleep.

    This dog would have been an ideal candidate for a ThunderShirt, put on at bedtime to help ease his anxiety and get him into a different sleeping routine.

    Cats can get equally upset but because they don't often display their feelings, people are often unaware that they are feeling anxious and stressed in similar situations too.

    Reduced appetite or complete loss of appetite is a sign that your pet may be suffering from empty nest syndrome.

    When it comes to dogs, signs of stress and anxiety can include sudden pacing and even at attempt to escape by scratching the back of a door or pulling down a blind, trying to get into a trashcan or chewing on a couch.

    For a feline perspective a cat   that is usually friendly and comes to greet their favorite people may stop doing this and lie and sleep a lot more. Some can also begin grooming excessively, pulling out chunks of fur until their skin is raw.

    Of course there are ThunderShirts for cats too and it's a good idea to put one your cat (or dog) if they are going to be left home along for long periods until they are better adjusted to the new dynamics of the household.

    Exercise is a great stress-reliever too. Be sure to schedule walks with your dog several times a day – even they are short ones and amp up games with your cat. Wand toys keep them very engaged.  There are also battery-operated toys that can be pre-set so that they can play by themselves throughout the day too.

     

    Sandy Robins is an award-winning author and respected Pet Lifestyle Expert.

    Sandy and Cat

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