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This is a cross post from a Blog written by Laurie, Fudge, and Vern

She often writes about Vern~ who has some scarey issues.  She can find humor in some of these situations. Here is hoping we can too.

Vern, The Man, and The Lawn Chair

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  • I totally agree with Joanne.  Not a quick fix or cure, but it really does seem to comfort them just a tiny bit.  Grover comes right to me to have his Thundershirt put on during storms or fireworks. 

  • I don't think the Thundershirt is a cure all. Not at all. But, I do find it takes the edge off. Anything helps

  • Tried the Thundershirt and not sure if it works with her.  She actually loves wearing it, she gets very excited when she sees me get it and stays still while I put it on but still gets frightened by anything.  I even took her on a walk with it on and I have to say she wasn't as reactive as she has been, so maybe it has worked a little.  I think I will give it more time and see what happens.

  • Hi Michelle!  I had such high expectations when I bought the Thundershirt for Tori's fear of driving in the car and to 'calm her' when my son had friends playing outside.... but to my disappointment - it did NOT help her at all!  But I did here from others who have had success.... I know there have been discussions on here about it....oops - I see Joanne has given you the link below!

  • MIchelle,

    Sure--Lots and Lots of us use the Thundershirt. 

    Here is an older discussion. http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/mentalhealth/forum/topics/thunder...

    And references are made to the shirt in other discussions all the time.  It is not a miracle cure but if it helps your dog feel just a tad better, I say great

  • I got Chloe from a breeder at 4 months of age.  Shortly after I had her, I noticed she was skittish about everything (people, doors closing and opening, bags on the ground, her reflection, vacuums,.....). I took to multiple puppy classes,obedience classes, put her in daycare, and did everything I knew to do to desensitize her to most of her fears.  She has gotten much better but after 2 1/2 yrs she still is skittish.  I was wondering if anyone has used the thundershirt, I have read a lot of reviews and the majority of them are positive.

  • I haven't used it on dogs but it's an antidepressant.   I think antidepressants are  the best choice for anxiety in people and dogs.

  • Has anyone used sertraline (Zoloft) to help their dog?

    This is what the Vet. wants Willow to try next.

  • I bet you are right, that  it is for the itching.  Itching can add to discomfort of any kind, anxiety or otherwise!

  • Perhaps it is supposed to help with anxiety when the dog is itchy and uncomfortable???  It was worth a try....

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