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Animal Science Professor and Author Temple Grandin once built a unique device for herself to relieve stress. It replicated a squeeze or embrace and was called a compression machine (or a hug machine). Temple Grandin was autistic and the device has proven to be effective on children with autism.
Thundershirts are based on the same concept and made for dogs. This jacket wraps tightly around a dog’s body. When used correctly, it may help dogs who feel anxiety triggered by a cause, such as fireworks, car rides, outside noises, etc.
Older dogs who may have lost one of their senses or no longer see or hear as well as they used to sometimes develope anxiety too. Thundershirts are a safe way to help your pet(s). The instructions recommend not leaving on your pet for more than 20 minutes, so please do not leave your pet alone while wearing a Thundershirt. If this proves to be effective with your pet, remember to include this in your Senior Dog Care Kit.