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Published June 26, 2012, 10:08 PM

Thundershirts help calm dogs from the loud noises

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - From the loud noises, to parking lots packed with people watching fireworks, the Fourth of the July can cause your pet serious stress.

From the loud noises, to parking lots packed with people watching fireworks, the Fourth of the July can cause your pet serious stress. Some pet owners swear by a new product, to help calm down your dog.

This 8-year-old Min Pin Rubie can be a little on the shaky side -- anxious, and nervous - especially on the Fourth. Licensed Vet Tech Vickie Andersen says she's got it covered.

Vickie Andersen: “I tried it, and I have to say it works."

She uses a Thundershirt.

Vickie Andersen: “They are used for many types of anxiety in dogs, like general separation anxiety like we discussed with my dog. Fear of loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks, fear of traveling in the car."

Now the way this works, it's just like wrapping Ruby in a warm blanket, and holding her close. It puts pressure on certain points, helping calm her down."

Vickie Andersen: "Babies, how they like to be swaddled, and you wrap them in tight blankets to keep them calm, has the same effect on dogs."

Andersen admits -- at first, she was skeptical, but she needed a way to calm Rubie in her kennel.

Vickie Andersen: “it’s certainly an alternative to medicine."

Andersen says it changes behavior too, but it takes time.

Vickie Andersen: "I recommend getting a Thundershirt now, getting them used to it. I tell people to play the loud noises at home."

The shirt is not proven to work on all dogs, in all situations, but for her Anderson, it keeps Rubie calm, and says she's hooked.

Southgate Veterinary Animal Hospital sells the shirts for around 40 dollars each.

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