What are Thundershirts, and do they work?
Some pets suffer from anxiety. This can be for a range of reasons including separation from their owners, mothers, they can have phobias or react negatively to loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms
or other unexpected noises. Thundershirts are a way some pet owners are dealing with this, but what are they?
What are thundershirts?
Thundershirts are shirts – picture a mini jacket – that can be worn by cats and dogs. The shirt applies a gentle but constant pressure to your pet. The idea is that this sort of pressure acts as a form of comfort. In same way we swaddle babies. They can be placed on the pet in the same way you would put pet clothing on a pet.
Do thundershirts work?
Thundershirts claim to help over 80% of pets with anxiety. They can be worn at any time and can of course be taken off at any time. For pets who become anxious during unexpected noises
, they may find the thundershirt comforting. For more severe and ongoing cases of anxiety results may vary.
Is the thundershirt right for your pet?
It’s always difficult to know how a pet is going to respond until they try it. The official thundershirt company offers a money back guarantee so it could be worth a try. However, if your pet is suffering from chronic anxiety always visit your vet. You may need to work with an animal behaviourist.
Anxiety in pets can be very distressing for pets and owners. Always take action, visit your vet and seek advice from a professional. You also want to rule out any potential health issues that are the source of your pets anxiety.