They relax almost immediately from the stress associated with a vet visit.
We’ve been using Thunder Shirt at my clinic, and the feedback from our clients is very positive. She also will now sit in the kitchen with me as I am cooking, with her Thunder Shirt on.Thunder Shirt is a good alternative solution to try versus medications. I am a vet tech and I have a Min Pin X rescue who is afraid of thunderstorms, and also afraid of the stove and oven being used. We are now going to be carrying the Thunder Shirt at the Hospital I work at - I am that impressed with it!Animals in fight or flight response can sometimes have the brain process incoming information differently from normal animals.The part of the brain that processes memory is bypassed to allow the parts of the brain that are involved in fight or flight take precedence.To my dismay my companion has become stressed in the car, pants and paces.
I have tried prescribed medications, natural remedies ect... My dog Chopper, a boxer mix, is the first dog I have ever had with storm anxiety. The first time I used it, a friend & I were completely amazed. My partner recently witnessed how smoothly and quickly the Thunder Shirt works & tells everybody about it! Our own 3-year-old Shih Tzu begins to shake uncontrollably when he feels a storm coming. We have been using Thunder Shirt at our hospital in Tallahassee, Florida and are very happy with the results.
You probably are aware that the Tampa area has the highest rate of lightning strikes in the country and has, I believe, the second highest rate of lightning strikes in the world.
So for the summer months a client basically has to keep their pet constantly sedated. I have had patients that died after plowing through a plate glass window due to the extreme fear generated by a storm and then plunge into traffic and get struck by a car.
I was impressed with the Thunder Leash and its ability to help owners to control their dogs. Thunder Shirt is helpful in terms of making the trip to the Vet Hospital and while at the Clinic.
Particularly with elderly clients with big dogs, pulling is a huge issue and a reason that many dogs are rehomed. We have seen a positive effect here with cats that we put Thunder Shirt on.
I saw an ad for the Thunder Shirt in a pet magazine and thought, 'What do I have to lose? The first time I put it on she was mortified and looked ridiculous, but I kept trying. She pants calmly, practically closes her eyes and does NOT pace! I had been giving him Acepromazine, but of course that takes time to work, being a pill - It often didn't take effect until after the storm had passed. I am a certified Vet Tech, I don't like giving unnecessary drugs to my pets. I am truly amazed, happy, and VERY satisfied with the Thunder Shirt. When we used the Thunder Shirt for the first time when a storm was coming, we were amazed that in less than a minute, he stopped shaking, laid down quietly in the room where we were and stayed there calmly through the storm. We probably fit 2 or 3 dogs a day with Thunder Shirt.