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Poll: Are your pets afraid of loud noises?

By June 28, 2011

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Elsa cowering because of the fireworks - credit: Ken Mayer on FlickrAs many pet owners know, fireworks and thunder storms can cause a great deal of stress for some animals. Are your animals afraid of loud noises? Find tips on managing your noise-phobic dog during fireworks and thunderstorms here.

What works for your pet?

One viewer shared this: "many of my dog lover friends swear by ThunderShirts." What is a ThunderShirt? This is one brand of many available that offer a pressure-wrap type of garment, based on the work by animal behaviorist Temple Grandin. The thought is that the constant gentle pressure calms the nervous system to reduce anxiety seen with noise phobias and separation anxiety.

I reviewed the Thundershirt for use with a noise-phobic dog. Here is a photo gallery of my dog Sophie, modeling a Thundershirt.

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If you have a tip or story to share about pets and loud noises, please share what works for your pet to make it through the fireworks and thunderstorms.

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Fireworks and Thunderstorm Resources

Elsa cowering because of the fireworks - credit: Ken Mayer on Flickr

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