Dog Noise Anxiety

  • Calm For Many Dogs This New Years Eve

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    We have received lots of great feedback from our customers after this New Years Eve!

    Many doggie owners used Thundershirt to keep their pups calm during New Years Eve fireworks this year.  Here is just one of our favorite reviews we received, hope you enjoy!

    http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2012/01/thundershirt-and-new-years-eve.html

    Happy New Year from all of us at Thundershirt:)

  • Product Review mixed with Humor

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    Thundershirt may need to start giving awards for the funniest reviews! See the attached link and make sure to read the "Ease of Use" section if you want to learn what a "muffin top" is.

    http://community.livejournal.com/petbulls/4969464.html

  • Channel 9 News segment

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    Thundershirt was featured in the segement Gadgets : Help for yappy dogs on Channel 9 news Colorado. Check it out on our facebook page http://bit.ly/9ZqVBX

  • Thundershirt attends Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Thundershirt recently set up a booth at the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This interactive continuing education experience allowed us to connect with thousands of vet professionals and related groups. With a strong focus on progressive and practical education, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure approach to treating anxiety is a perfect fit. Pictured below is the Thundershirt booth:
    Thundershirt Booth

  • Cute Dog Scared from Storm Phobia

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    Poor Joe Stains is another dog afraid of Thunderstorms - and helped by the Thundershirt.

  • Video of Dog Thunderstorm Phobia Treatment

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    Dog Thunderstorm Phobia treatment from lifeofroyal.blogspot.com. Seems to work well for them!

  • Thundershirt Testimonial From a Durham Veterinarian

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    New testimonial from a Durham, NC Vet supporting the Thundershirt:

    “We’ve been using Thundershirt for a short time at my clinic now, and the initial feedback from our clients is very positive. Thundershirt worked very well for a Cocker Spaniel with severe noise phobia; she rested peacefully on the couch through 4th of July fireworks…a real improvement. Thundershirt appears to be good alternative solution to try versus medications. And it will definitely “Do no harm.”

    ~ Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM, Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital, Durham, North Carolina.

    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Cure

  • Dog Owner Struggling with Noise Anxiety

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    Found another post from a dog owner with some rough storm phobia going on at http://ohbungalow.blogspot.com/2009/04/more-progress.html

    The dog, on the other hand, is getting better and worse. I tried melatonin and it definitely helped-- he's not shivering or panicking quite so hard, but he is still scrabbling at the floor-- and now it doesn't take much of a storm at all, sometimes no storm whatsoever (no storm elicits more of a "fluffing"; it's less panicked and he will stop on command). I fear that the TERRIBLE storms we had last weekend have made him extra anxious at night and with storms-- it had already been a traumatic day with 2 trips to the vet and a bad med reaction. I wish we'd never seen those pills. I still haven't given it to him again, and I am going to continue with the melatonin and perhaps add Rescue Remedy or one of the pheromone diffusers. I've also heard good things about valerian-- any thoughts? We will also go with a new bigger bed (it's time anyway) with lots of blankets and sheets to dig at and fluff-- the vet also suggested some counter-conditioning with thunder CDs.

    A sad but common story, and that's why we made the Thundershirt.  For a long list of dog storm phobia stories with happy endings, check out our Testimonials page.

  • Dogs and Fireworks Article

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    dogs and fireworks

    Here's an article linking to us all about dogs and fireworks, offering some pretty useful advice. Some of it's obvious, such as don't let your dog near the fireworks. I'd hope any dog owners could figure out that much! Check it out:

    Fireworks can cause some animals to behave in a destructive and frightened manner that can result in damage to the pet or it’s surroundings. Here are some ideas to help reduce stress or anxiety:

    Walk your dog the morning before the fireworks. This can help him/her sleep through the fireworks.

    Keep pets indoors during fireworks shows. Never take them to fireworks demonstrations. Frightened animals, even those that are normally well behaved, may run away during these shows. Sometimes they will chew leashes, ropes, etc. to get free.

    Make sure your pet is wearing identification. The best way to ID your pet is to have him/her wear a collar with identification tags. A microchip adds additional ID should the collar come off.

    Put your pet in their kennel crate or in a room of the house that does not have a door to the outside. A blanket or bed to sleep under can help provide a feeling of safety. A favorite toy or blanket with your scent on it will help them relax.

    Fireworks can cause burns, hearing loss, and eye damage to animals that get too close. Spent fireworks can make your pet sick if he/she eats them. Discard them as directed by the manufacturer.

    Turn on a radio or television to help mask the sound of fireworks.

    If your pet is easily stressed, ask your veterinarian about options for sedatives that may help.
    Don’t walk your pet through large crowds. Small areas with familiar people make them feel safer.

    Think about boarding your animals in a safe place that is farther away from the noise. If you are traveling, boarding your animal might be better than leaving them at home.

    Here's the rest:  Dogs and Fireworks

  • Dog Noise Anxiety (part 2 of 2)

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    Change the Dog’s Environment. These are the “common sense” simple things to try if feasible for your circumstances. Try creating a safe haven for your dog (such as a blanket-covered crate) or finding a location that will reduce the noise level. Try turning on music or the television to help mask the sound of the problem noise. If you know an event is coming (e.g. thunderstorm or fireworks), try giving your dog a lot of exercise beforehand. None of the above typically shows dramatic results, but they can help to reduce symptoms.

    Pressure Wraps. This is a surprisingly simple and effective treatment for many dogs. But unfortunately, most veterinarians have never even heard of it as a treatment for noise anxiety. A “pressure wrap” is anything that wraps around the dog’s torso and chest to provide a constant, gentle pressure. Why does it work? No one knows for sure but it’s likely a combination of making the dog feel comforted and secure plus distracting the dog from concentrating on whatever it fears. You can try to make one yourself out of an appropriately sized t-shirt, but it can be difficult to put on and to get the desired fit. I like a product called Thundershirt (www.thundershirt.com). It’s very easy to put on, is well made, and is the least expensive commercial wrap available…just $36 the last time I looked. And Thundershirt offers a satisfaction guarantee..if it doesn’t work for you, you can return it for a full refund. Pressure wraps often show good results with the first usage, however some dogs require 2, 3 or more usages before you see reduced or eliminated symptoms. A pressure wrap is inexpensive, the least time consuming, and has no risk of negative side effects. So why not try it?

    Behavior Modification. sensitization is the most common behavior modification tried for noise anxiety. In a nutshell, in a controlled environment, you begin by exposing your dog to a low level of the noise that bothers her. As she gets accustomed to it, you increase the levels louder and louder over time until she learns to tolerate the real deal. It’s good in theory but has limitations in practice. It’s very time consuming…if it works at all for your dog, you will likely have to give periodic treatments weekly for the rest of the dog’s life. And many dogs are too smart to react to the “staged” noise; they can tell the difference between a CD playing a thunderstorm and the real thing. If you want to give it a try, several books are available on the subject.

    Medications.This is a very involved, complex area of treatment, so I won’t pretend to provide a thorough overview here. There are a variety of prescription medications that your veterinarian may suggest. Some are administered on a regular basis for the life of the dog (Paroxetine or Fluoxetine). Some are given only at the time of an anxiety event (valium). Sometimes a combination of drugs are used…a doggy noise cocktail. Any of these options tend to be relatively expensive. The vet visits alone can run hundreds of dollars over a dog’s life. And you still need to pay for the drugs! Plus all drugs pose the risk of unwanted physical side effects, sometimes severe. Make sure you ask your vet about any potential risks with the drug(s) you’re considering. Two serious issues I have with using a sedative like valium: 1. It can take hours for the drug to take full effect, so you have to anticipate the noise event for it to help. Not very easy for storms that hit in the night. 2. Your dog will remain groggy for hours after the storm has passed and be a danger to herself. If she tries to jump off a bed under the influence of valium, she may very well break a leg!

    In conclusion, you don’t have to let your dog just suffer through noise anxiety. There are treatments to try and some do not require a big commitment by you, either time or money. At a minimum, you should try mixing up the environment and using a pressure wrap. In combination, that may be all you need for your little “puppy” to weather the storms symptom free!

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