Jasmine's episodes of pacing, panting, and general distress, are one of the things that remain elusive, in spite of our best efforts to get to the bottom of it.
We tried just about everything.
That even includes a consultation with not one, but two animal communicators. The last one came up with quite an impressive assessment, talking about specific things she couldn't know or make up.
One of her suggestions was trying a snug wrap.
While I do think that Jasmine does get quite stressed during the episodes, I don't feel that stress is the trigger but rather a consequence. That said, no harm in trying things that can only help, is there?
So I ordered the Thundershirt to see if that might help to reduce the stress and discomfort.
The price is quite reasonable and I know people who had great results for their dogs' anxieties and phobias.
When I opened the package, I was pleased with the feel of the material used, very soft and comfy to the touch, with a good stretch to it. It had quite a strong chemical smell to it, though, which I did not like. I decided it was best to give it a good wash first.
When I located the label to see washing instructions, I have to say I was quite disappointed to find out that it was made in China. I guess I shouldn't have been all that surprised.
Still, though, I was hoping for a North American product ...
That said, I think it is well designed and easy to adjust how tight you think you want it.
Thundershirt 0 : Jasmine's episodes 3
The next time Jasmine had one of her episodes, I pulled out the Thundershirt and put it on her. She had no objections, and seemed quite comfortable having it on.
The first time it looked like it might have helped, as eventually Jasmine did settle down. The problem with evaluating what worked and what didn't is that the episodes can last anywhere between half an hour to 24 hours, and, sooner or later, they go away on their own.
There was plenty of times when we felt something was working, just to find out that it was just a coincidence.
With the potentially positive effect the first time we tried, I didn't hesitate to put the Thundershirt on Jasmine when the next episode came.
Unfortunately, there was no response then, or the next time after that.
That was disappointing, because I was hoping that it could help at least with the secondary stress. I might try it again, as there is no harm in it, but I'm not holding my breath. Perhaps it might be helpful when the episode is mild; even a body massage can get things settled down sometimes. When the episode is strong enough, though, nothing has worked so far.
Meanwhile, onto the next idea, which I'm not sure yet what that will be.
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