Hello, I am Dr. Suzanne McQueen. Owner and practicing veterinarian at Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton. Approximately 10 months ago, my husband and I adopted a one year old merlequin Great Dane. I must say that I have always had Great Danes, well, at least for the last 25 years and so I consider myself a lover. This dog had bloated (but that’s another topic all together) and his previous owners surrendered him. This required surgical correction which was performed by a great clinic in Burlington and hence we start our story.
When I brought him home, he immediately became great friends with our other 3 dogs and cats. However, it became quite evident that spotty dog, Indy, had some separation issues and anxieties. If I left the room, even to go to the bathroom, it would be followed by crying and whining and when I opened the door I was left with pools of drool. I literally couldn’t go anywhere in the house without him being my shadow. Leaving the house was another issue all together. Apart from the constant crying, he would hit the glass in the front door as he stood on his hind legs watching me leave. Ok, so this was getting serious! The last thing I wanted was for him to go through the glass!! Yikes!
So now, when it comes to separation anxiety there are many ways to treat this condition, both with and without medication. As well, as you can imagine, there are many different levels of anxiety. So began my research. Now I decided to first try to avoid drugs and so I bought a Thundershirt. Now the Thundershirt, as it sounds, was originally designed for thunderstorm anxieties. It is a snug fitting jacket of sorts, made of jersey material. It is meant to act like a ‘big hug’ and calm the animal (dog or cat) down and make them feel more secure, similar to swaddling a baby.
This is a photo with Indy wearing his Thundershirt now. He has outgrown it slightly. LOL
My experience with this shirt? It worked very well indeed! Indy became more confident and secure. He no longer got up when I left the room and I could, in fact, go to the bathroom on my own. It was amazing! I left it on him all day, even when I was home, and only removed it at night-time. We used it for about 2 months and then it was no longer necessary. Amazing!
Now, obviously it may not work for everyone, but for my spotty dog it was a life saver!!!
Thundershirts are available on our webstore which is easily accessed by visiting our website at www.snelgrovevet.com and clicking the shop now button.