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11. 03. 2005

Help for thunder-phobic dogs

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I've got a dog who is terrified of thunder and anything she perceives to be thunder-like, like fireworks or loud sounds from car and motorcycle engines. It's been getting worse over time, as more and more things seem to sound thunderish to her. She trembles like mad and tries either to hide in closets or tight spaces or climb onto high spaces like the tops of chairs. Nothing seems to comfort her, and I don't want to medicate her since she'd end up doped up about half her life. I have been reading that swaddling an anxious dog can help a lot. Something about the light pressure of being bundled up seems to induce some sort of relaxation response.

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The Hoodie bed is like a sleeping bag for dogs, and when the hood is closed, the dog can fully retreat inside. It's not a tight fit, so I'm not sure if there is enough pressure, but it sure looks comforting. I'd like one to hide inside myself. I haven't heard of cats with thunder phobia, but this could certainly be a cozy feline bed as well.

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Less cute, but perhaps more functional, is the anxiety wrap. Basically they're snugly fitting shirts that provide gentle, but steady pressure onto the dog's skin. The anxiety wrap is the result of extensive research into canine behavior, but I can't help but wonder about all those extremely hyper, yappy, trembling dogs in sweaters. Where is that calming response? Still, it's drug-free and seems worth a try.

Anxiety wraps are made in sizes from toy to extra-extra large and can be made in custom sizes. They range in price from $65 to $75. Phone and fax orders are accepted from Anxiety Wrap.

The Hoodie Bed is available for $99 from Postmodern Pets.

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My parents' dog also gets majorly freaked out by thunder/firecrackers etc. Except her stress response seems to be just staring intently at the closest human and hyperventilating. A lot. To be honest, I am shocked that the dog hasn't passed out yet. But maybe cowereing in a fleecey tea cozy would to the trick.

That orange cat is just chillin' in the pocket of luuurve.

My sister's daschund calms down a lot when you force a sweater on the guy. She did end up getting a special collar for him, though, because he'd eventually wriggle out of the sweater (and a nice mail truck going by would still have him on top of the furniture at the window, though not barking).

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