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It’s the time of year again that so many pets and their parents dread: fireworks season. Sudden loud noises and bright lights paired with the occasional busy BBQ is a recipe for disaster for many animals. In fact, the #1 day that animals go missing is July 4th. Luckily, your pets have you as a parent, which means that as the season comes and goes, you’ll be able to keep your cats and dogs comfortable in their home!

The first step to helping your pet’s anxiety is identifying it. We’d like to invite all pet parents to read this portion, even if you don’t consider your pet to be anxious, as oftentimes anxiety can be confused for behavioral issues. What’s important to remember is that like humans, no two animals manifest their emotions in the same way. Look for abnormal behaviors. Did your potty trained dog suddenly start peeing on the couch? Did your cuddly cat hiss when you tried to pet them? Your animals aren’t just suddenly doing bad things just to annoy you. They’re trying to tell you something! (Keep in mind that behavioral changes could correlate to a variety of issues and to contact your vet if you think your pet is ill.)

When we think “anxious dog or cat”, we picture our beloved furbabies cowered in a corner shaking and whimpering, but oftentimes that is not the case. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Destructive behavior such as chewing and scratching or unusual amounts of damage to toys or other items
  • Social withdrawal, hiding, and aggression
  • Excessive barking/meowing
  • Shaking, panting, and drooling
  • Suddenly becoming clingy (it might feel like a good thing but make sure your pet is getting lovey dovey for the right reasons!)
  • Peeing/pooping/vomiting around the house

If you recognize any of these symptoms in your own pet, don’t worry as there are plenty of ways you can help! What’s important now is figuring out what their triggers are and doing what you can to help minimize their stress.

Sudden loud noises tend to be a pretty universal cause of anxiety in pets, but if you think about it; a lot of humans feel the same way! We’ve all been startled before. The only difference is that after that initial jump, we typically find an explanation for the noise and can be on guard for it again. Animals, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. While you can’t get rid of things like fireworks and thunderstorms, there are still options to make them less scary.

PRO TIP: Rather than treating your pet’s anxiety right when or after the fireworks/storms/etc. start, try to prepare them at least a 45 minutes – 1 hour ahead of time, if possible. Having your pet go into a stressful situation already somewhat relaxed is going to be more effective than waiting until the last minute. Think about it as if it’s a headache: it’s easier to manage if you take an Advil the second you feel your head start to get sore rather than waiting until it’s at its worst to do anything!

Thundershirt

The Thundershirt is the product you’ve heard a ton about but probably haven’t tried yet! We know that was the case for a lot of our Team Members when they first started out, but now most of them (along with a little over 85% of users) absolutely swear by it! The concept is simple: soft fabric creates a swaddling effect to make your pet feel safe and secure. Think of it like a hug! We currently sell them online (click here to order now!) but you can also come into any of our stores to grab one of your own. Our Team will even help make sure you pick the right size!

 

 

CBD

There’s a lot we love about CBD, but one of our favorite things is that it works wonders when it comes to anxiety. Keep in mind, though it is made from the hemp plant, there is absolutely no THC. It also won’t turn your pet into a drooling zombie! What it will do is gently ease your pet into a state of calm. Some of our regulars have also reported pets taking the best naps of their lives! There are a lot of different options to choose from, but a great place to start is the Full Spectrum CBD oil by Super Snouts. We have it online to order here, but we also carry it in our stores where you can also get a free personalized consultation from a member of our Team!

Another great CBD option to try is Treatibles. Just like the name suggests, they’re bite-sized hard chews for dogs and cats that are infused with hemp oil! They come in three flavors–turkey, blueberry, and pumpkin–so even picky pets will find something they love. Like the oil, you can grab a pack in our stores or order them online!

Herbal Remedies

Have you ever felt relaxed after drinking a cup of tea or lighting your favorite candle? That’s exactly what supplements can do! Companies like Herbsmith and Earth Animal–yes, the brand with the yummy No-Hides!–have special blends of herbs that can help naturally relax your pet. You’ll find things like chamomile and lavender as some of the ingredients. Typically they come in the form of drops or chews, and if you choose to go the drops route, you might find that just the scent leaves you feeling more relaxed!

If you’re looking for drops, “Calm Down” drops by Earth Animal have always had the best results for us personally. You can find them in any of our stores or order online here! If chews are more your thing then try out Herbsmith’s “July Third” for some immediate relief. Like the Calm Down drops, you can find July Third in-store or online here.

Relaxation Squares

What dog doesn’t love peanut butter? If you have a dog who turns their nose up at supplements and wiggles their way out of the Thundershirt, give these Heavenly Hounds treats a try! These are a favorite of both regulars and Team Members at Two Bostons because they’re simple and effective. Hidden in the peanut buttery goodness is a blend of herbs that will make their troubles melt away. The best part is that they’re compact and fit nicely in your purse or wallet so you can always be prepared for sudden noisy situations or travel. You can stock up in our stores or order them online here!

Our final and most important tip for pet anxiety is to remind everyone once more that no two pets are the same. What helped your neighbor’s dog might not help your cat and vice versa. Animals are just as unique as us and sometimes it might take a little experimenting to see what works for your furry friends and what doesn’t. Even if you feel like you’ve tried everything out there, there’s usually something you just haven’t discovered yet, and that’s where we come in. Give us a call, send us an email, or pay us a visit. Together we can put the fun back in the 4th!

Hey All!  Heather again! If your Fourth of July is anything like mine it includes hamburgers, brats, family and an overly anxious dog terrified of the fireworks!  Whether your dog cowers under the covers because of the fireworks or thunder, or he shakes and shivers every time he gets in the car, even when you visit the vet, a ThunderShirt might just be your anxiety cure!

I know!  A shirt that is good for anxiety!?  How could that be!?  Well, think of when you or someone you know swaddled their new born baby and the baby automatically began to calm down!  The ThunderShirt is designed to provide a gentle, constant pressure that can have a dramatic effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited!  In fact, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using!

Many experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and this idea has been commonly used for years! Some examples of where pressure has been used as a calming aid are during vaccination of cattle, Touch dog trainers, people with autism and children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests.

There are many symptoms for which a Thundershirt may benefit your pup at home including yawning, excessive barking and whining, shaking, panting, drooling, clawing, hyperactivity, digging, hiding and clinging to owners.  Many dogs show improvement with the first time that they wear the Thundershirt and it is safe to wear for extended periods of time.  Some cases have even reported that after a time of wearing the Thundershirt their dog had less or no anxiety towards their normal triggers!  A dog may eventually be so calm during their normal anxious times that they no longer associate thunder or fireworks with a negative experience!  How amazing could that be!!

And don’t forget about all those other times your dog gets anxious – Separation from owners, traveling, crating, vet visits or if your dog is anything like my Lilu, walks that include being near manholes and drain covers!!!  She’s an interesting one, but a Thundershirt does just the trick!

The Thundershirt couldn’t be easier to use! It’s held together by velcro and I’m going to show you just how simple it is to put on your dog:

First, unhook all the velcro, lay out the shirt and grab your dog.

Next, lay the shirt on top of your dog and place the long strip under your dog’s belly. Secure the velcro fastener.

Then, take secure the top strip of fabric to the velcro fastener.

Finally, secure the velcro fastener on the front of the shirt, under your dog’s chin.

And, there you have it. A calm dog in a very few minutes.


Fourth of July is coming quick so stop in today to pick out either our gray Thundershirt or Rugby Pink for all those gal dogs out there!  Our fabulous team members can show you exactly how to fit the Thundershirt so don’t forget to bring Fido with you to get the correct size!

 

Is your dog a nervous wreck this time of year? Does the weather report have you trapped? Do you hesitate to invite people over because your dog is too anxious? Do you hesitate to take your dog out because of the same reason? If so, this post is for you!

We have several amazing products that I’d like to introduce you to today to help calm anxious dogs.

The first is the Thundershirt.

This amazing little shirt looks like a regular dog jacket, doesn’t it? Well, I can tell you it is not. It is like a hug for your dog, only, you don’t have to be hugging your dog the entire time…let the shirt do the work for you! It works by applying very gentle pressure on some of the pressure points on your dog’s trunk. It is very easy to use, simply fit the shirt around your dog’s trunk and Velcro it closed. Over 85% of our customers have seen marked improvement with the use of this shirt. Plus, there is a money-back guarantee. So you can try this out on your dog worry free!

 Happy Traveler is a great option for a quick chill pill. Think of it like taking an aspirin for a head ache.

The active ingredients in Happy Traveler include Valerian, German Chamomile, L-Tryptophan and St. Johns Wort, all well known herbs for their calming effects. It is a safe, non-toxic option for your dog and you should see results in about 45 minutes.

Another awesome herbal supplement we offer is Calm Shen by Herbsmith.

Calm Shen is made with Chinese herbs and is more of a long-term solution to your dog’s anxiety. If you think of your dog’s health as an arch, where the middle is the place to be, and your dog is all the way to the left or right, Calm Shen will direct your dog’s system back toward the middle. This supplement will build up in your pet’s system with continued use and you will see an over all decrease in anxiety as time progresses.

We also offer Canine Calm Spray.

This nifty little spray acts as a calming aromatherapy for your pooch. Canine Calm contains pure essential oils, including bergamot, lavender and geranium, from plants traditionally used in remedies for relaxation. You can spray this on bedding and in your dog’s crate; however, on of the best ways to calm you pet is to spray it on your hand and rub it into the ears and belly. This awesome spray will help take the edge off for your pet.

The last product I’m going to show you today is Rescue Remedy.

Bach is a trusted name in natural remedies and this is a new variation of the original stress relieving remedy that has been available for more than 70 years. It contains a blend of the same five flower remedies found in Rescue Remedy, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, and Rock Rose in an alcohol free formula, ideal for sensitive pets. The dropper allows you to easily administer it to your pet. This is suitable for use on pets of all shapes and sizes, including: Reptiles, Fish (just add to tank water), Birds, Cats, Dogs, Horses, and Rabbits. For best results, simply place four drops into your pets mouth. If you can’t do that, you can add the drops to food, water or treats or rub them into your pets nose, paws or ears.

Please stop by one of our stores to talk to a team member about which of these awesome products would work the best for your pet’s anxiety.

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We have really been hit with extreme weather in the midwest this past week. First we’ve had heat beyond belief, and then storms out of nowhere. The storms have been pretty wild.

Does your dog suffer from anxiety during a storm? Mine sure does. Have you ever heard of the Thundershirt? 

The Thundershirt is a patent-pending design was created to help ease anxiety in dogs using a gentle pressure wrap. The Thundershirt works, which is why we are able to offer a money-back guarantee. A survey of Thundershirt customers report that over 85% of dogs have shown significant improvement in at least one anxiety symptom when using the Thundershirt.

The Thundershirt can be used to treat all types of anxiety in dogs including noise anxiety such as thunder, separation anxiety, anxiety during travel, anxiety in the crate, and barking anxiety to name a few. Pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years and now the Thundershirt offers an inexpensive way to treat anxiety in your dog with this well-designed pressure wrap that is easy to use.

The Thundershirt for Dogs comes in seven different sizes. We are happy to help you determine which size is right for your pet. Give us a call today at 630-357-7621 or 630-305-0150 and we’ll help you get started. You can also check out (and purchase) the Thundershirt on our website www.twobostons.com

You have nothing to lose and your pet has everything to gain!