We’re barking about… ThunderShirts

Dogs and cats wearing ThunderShirts

Uh-oh, it’s almost that time of year again: fireworks season. When I was young, you only ever had fireworks on November 5 – and that was if you paid to go and see an organised display. But these days, anyone can buy them to use at home so the bangs seem to go on for months.

Lots of fun for humans, sure – but not so fun for animals.

Ernie is quite a confident little chap and few things faze him. But fireworks turn him into a completely different dog. He won’t walk, he won’t eat and he spends most evenings cowering in a corner, shaking uncontrollably. It’s awful.

Southend is a highly populated area and in October and November, we hear fireworks most nights. It’s never nice to see Ernie in a state so we started looking for ways to help him. That’s how we discovered ThunderShirts.

These calming coats apply a gentle, constant pressure that pets find soothing. It’s essentially the same principle as swaddling a baby. Despite being an American product, ThunderShirts are sold worldwide and claim to have helped millions of pets deal with anxiety.

Ernie curled up asleep in his ThunderShirt

I was sceptical about how much the coat could actually help and at £35, it seemed like an expensive gamble – but it’s been worth every penny.

I don’t think Ernie will ever be his usual self when fireworks are going off. But the ThunderShirt calms him to the extent that he will eat and sleep, as the above picture proves!

ThunderShirts come with a money-back guarantee. If you buy from Pets at Home, you can often save money with the coupons regularly printed in My VIP magazine.

The coats come in a range of colours and sizes – we wouldn’t be without ours now. For more information about how this wonder-product works, visit the Thundershirt website.


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