Thundershirt Relieves Pets’ Spooky, Scary Halloween Anxiety

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All-natural solution calms Halloween-related pet anxiety this October


Pet parents might not realize that a change in the normal day-to-day routine in their pets, such as trick-or-treaters at the front door, can cause unexpected stress and anxiety

Thundershirt is reminding all pet parents that Halloween can be a common cause of dog and cat anxiety and uneasiness. High volume trick-or-treaters and increased doorbell rings paired with flamboyant costumes and decorations can lead to barking or erratic behavior. For pets prone to noise or crowd anxiety, Thundershirt provides an effective, simple solution.

With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for dogs and cats if they are anxious or fearful. Anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and releases calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocins.

“Pet parents might not realize that a change in the normal day-to-day routine in their pets, such as trick-or-treaters at the front door, can cause unexpected stress and anxiety,” said Thundershirt founder, Phil Blizzard. “Pets who may not usually be anxious in everyday situations, can experience anxious behavior when out-of-the-ordinary foot traffic and noise is nearby.”

Since 2009, the Thundershirt has been reducing anxiety among hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats around the world. The company has conducted extensive research on the prevalence and effects of pet anxiety.

Thundershirt also encourages pet parents to keep the following in mind as the “scary” holiday approaches:

  • Keep Halloween candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy and chocolate consumption can be harmful to pets when ingested.
  • Be weary of costumes. Uncomfortable fabrics or constrictive outfits can cause pets unnecessary anxiety and stress or make it hard for them to move, breathe, bark or meow.
  • Make sure all cords and wires from lights and decorations are safely away from your pets. If chewed, pets can suffer cuts, burns or shocks.
  • When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
  • Don’t forget ID’s! Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip is key.

For more information about the Thundershirt, or to request a product sample or interview with company founder, Phil Blizzard, please contact Kerry Sutherland at K. Sutherland PR, Kerry(at)ksutherlandpr(dot)com or 949-328-4895.

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About Thundershirt

Founded in 2009 in Durham, N.C., Thundershirt’s mission is to bring relief to the millions of dogs, cats and their families struggling to cope with anxieties. The Thundershirt is designed to apply a constant, gentle pressure to a dog or cat’s torso creating a dramatic calming effect for most users. Thundershirt continues to investigate dog and cat anxiety and fear issues with scientific-based studies and surveys from recognized veterinarians and pet owners. Thundershirt has already helped hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country and around the world.

The company also donates thousands of Thundershirts and funding to rescue groups and shelters to help these organizations manage their anxiety cases and find permanent homes. Thundershirts are sold online at and by retail stores, veterinarians, trainers and kennels across the country.

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