Calm Before the Storm: The Thundershirt

We have a storm hater on our hands. Catching the weather forecast is not optional in our home: we actually plan around storms, making sure we’re home when the big ones hit. Sola loses her mind when the pressure changes and storms roll in over the mountains from the west. We’ve tried medication (mainly sedatives) with no luck. Our vet has recommended Prozac, but if I could find a less intrusive (and chemical-free) solution it would be ideal.

Enter the Thundershirt. The manufacturer claims that this piece of apparel will calm your dog during inclement weather. For around $40, and with a money back guarantee, this may be the answer many of us have waited for. Does it really work? Owners report mixed results, but considering the return policy I think we’re going to have to give this a try.

I’ll offer updates in the future, but would love to hear from those of you who have tried this. Did it work for your dog?

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18 thoughts on “Calm Before the Storm: The Thundershirt”

  1. My German Shepherd, Annie (rip), was terrified of thunderstorms. If they came through at night, she’d try desperately to squeeze her 100lb self into an 8 x 12 inch space between my bed and dresser to hide near me. I had to try to sleep with my hand resting somewhere on her back or neck. I found that covering her with a sweatshirt (or two, depending on the storm) while she was there really helped her trembling stop, and kept my arm from falling asleep while hanging over the edge of the bed. Well, until she would try to spin and lay in the other direction. Then I’d have to recover her. Wish I would have thought of this or realized there were other options, like the Ace bandage trick. It’s good to spread the news about how other people help their pets get through a fearsome ordeal. Thanks!

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  2. I’ve read about a couple of success stories, with regard to the thundershirt, on blog land. I hope it works for you!

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