Beat “Empty Nest” Anxiety in Pets With ThunderShirt

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“Back to School” can be exciting for families, but may cause stress and anxiety in our pets.

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At least one in six dogs and countless numbers of cats are prone to and will exhibit signs of separation anxiety due to an absence of a family member- many times resulting in destructive and unsafe behaviors.

For many families, the arrival of fall means getting back into the routines of school, college and extra curricular activities. Just like people, pets also have to make adjustments for the back to school season, as they are left at home without human for longer periods of time while kids are off to school. This “empty nest” feeling can leave both dogs and cats feeling lonely, depressed and displaying signs of separation anxiety.

“As a family’s schedule becomes busier, allowing for less interaction with their dogs and cats, it can leave a void in the pet’s lifestyle,” explains Phil Blizzard, founder of ThunderShirt. “At least one in six dogs and countless numbers of cats are prone to and will exhibit signs of separation anxiety due to an absence of a family member-many times resulting in destructive and unsafe behaviors.”

Should your dog or cat display signs of separation anxiety, ThunderShirt provides a simple and easy to use solution. Since 2009, ThunderShirt has been reducing anxiety among hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats around the world. With its patented 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 may release calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocins.

Some signs of separation anxiety in our pets include:

  •     Reduced appetite or complete loss of appetite,
  •     Sudden pacing or escape attempts,
  •     Chewing, clawing or destructive behavior,
  •     In-home elimination,
  •     Excessive self-grooming,
  •     Self-clawing
  •     Barking

ThunderShirt for dogs is retails for $39.95 and is available in sizes XXS-XXL it comes in the classic heather grey, blue polo, pink polo and for a limited time, a green polo. ThunderShirt for cats retails for $39.95 and is available in small, medium and large sizes in the classic heather grey. All ThunderShirts can also be custom embroidered with a pet’s name for an additional $10.

For more information about ThunderWorks, 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, NC, 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 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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About ThunderWorks

In recognition of the company's expanding product line into more anxiety solutions, Thundershirt has changed its corporate name to ThunderWorks. As always, the company is committed to developing calming pet products that are effective, simple to use and strengthen the bond between pet and pet parent. Together, let’s be better humans to our pets. Learn more at

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