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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone used a thundershirt on a dog or cat? My family is moving to Virginia, and I'm going with them. They have a chi who is very nervous on car rides-shakes and pants heavily. And my older cat also has major car anxiety. Unfortunately, it's a 15 hour drive to get there! We have a month before we leave, so plenty of time to try out the shirts and see if they work, but I was hoping for personal experiences with the thundershirt.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 11:37 PM
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I haven't used one on my female doberman but I would ,I'm saving up to purchase the shirt. My vet loves them ....
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I love the Tshirt and I don't think that would be a wasted investment at all.

But...the size of a chi...couldn't you wrap it tightly in something?
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My Mom uses one on her storm phobic Golden- it works really well. It doesn't completely remove the anxiety, but it brings it down to a tolerable level. Not sure how well it would work on a cat though, as most cats do not really enjoy the swaddling/burrito method of handling, and that is kind of what the thundershirt is attempting to recreate...
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My co-worker uses one on her dog and she swears by it.
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Indy wears one during storms and I think it helps.

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Yes, I've seen thundershirts work wonders on many dogs. The cat shirts are new and I haven't tried them. The key to success is to know that the concept behind them is the same as swaddling a baby. They need to fit snuggly around the body. The other key thing is having the shirt in place well before the anxiety comes to be. For thunder, put the shirt at the first sign of a storm and leave it on until after the storm. If you are travelling, I would suggest putting the thundershirt on at least 4-6 hours before you begin your trip. Hope this helps.
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