2017-04-25 / Front Page

Storm anxiety in dogs

Some dogs become very anxious and afraid during storms and/or when fireworks are set off. There is a drug-free anxiety solution for this problem. Dogs can sense when a thunderstorm is approaching and become very excited and afraid. A snug-fitting shirt or wrap especially designed to calm anxious dogs are worth a try.

There is a product called Thundershirt, a so-called pressure garment that is said to have a calming effect similar to swaddling a baby. Some dogs also respond to wearing a metal fabric lined cape marketed as the Storm Defender, which claims to protect dogs from static shocks.

Tufts researchers are currently performing a study sponsored by the makers of Anxiety Wrap, another compression garment.

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