I mentioned these symptoms to Carlene Patterson, Lily’s terrific vet. She recommended a “Thundershirt.” It’s a soft shirt that applies gentle, constant pressure on a dog’s torso. The pressure is supposed to have a calming effect on most dogs.
And this afternoon, when the skies darkened, lightning flashed, and thunder roared…and when Lily the Beagle panted, trembled, and followed me from room to room, I opened the box and retrieved the shirt.
I could not make heads or tails out the shirt. Mercifully it came with “fitting directions.”
Fortunately I found the above “how-to” on Youtube. The video was extremely helpful, since I’m a see-it-and-do-it sort of guy.
And how did Lily respond to the shirt’s gentle, calming pressure?
She panted. She trembled. She followed me from room to room.
Obviously beagles are very vain.
Dr. Patterson also gave me low-grade Xanax (Alprazolam, 1.0 mg), and told me I could administer 1/2 to 1 pill when needed. I assume she intended the pills for Lily, not me.
I’ll probably give Lily a bit of Xanax tonight. For I just received a recorded announcement from “Code Red,” warning of severe thunder showers, and possibly damaging hail.
So tell me — how does your pooch react to storms? And have any of you tried a Thundershirt? I suspect the shirt works wonders for lots of dogs. Alas, it did not work for Lily. Not on this trial-run, anyway.
I look forward to reading your comments.