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“Fourth of July, The Biggest Day for Pet Stress,” States ThunderWorks

June 22, 2015
By PRN NewsWire

DURHAM, N.C., June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful days of year for dogs and cats. Due to their heightened sense of hearing, loud bangs and flashes from fireworks can cause our pets to panic. Additionally, large crowds, unfamiliar faces and special occasion parties and barbecues can also spark anxiety. Dogs may bark uncontrollably, chew through leashes, dig under fences, claw destructively, suffer seizures, or run away from home. Thankfully, ThunderWorks offers safe, effective and simple solutions for anxiety-ridden dogs and cats.

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With its patent-protected design, ThunderWorks’ most famous product, the ThunderShirt, offers a gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect that has already helped millions of dogs with anxiety problems. ThunderShirt is also used and recommended by vets and trainers worldwide. Anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocin.

In addition to using ThunderShirt, the company offers pet owners the following tips for preparing anxiety-ridden pets for the stress of Independence Day activities.

1. Pet ID. Make sure pets have up-to-date identification in case they run away when scared by noisy fireworks. An ID can help a pet be returned home safely.

2. Don’t Leave Pets Outside. Keep pets inside as much as possible during fireworks displays. The insulation of a home will help drown out the noise and make pets feel more secure.

3. Avoid Fireworks. Don’t take pets to events that involve fireworks.

4. Create a Happy Place. Establish a safe, tranquil environment for your pet. Quiet places like bathrooms or large closets (with no windows) help reduce the sound and light flashes associated with fireworks. Soft, gentle music will help create the perfect environment. Make sure a favorite toy is available for further distraction. NOTE: If a pet is regularly crated, he/she may find the crate to be place of comfort during fireworks.

5. Don’t Scold a Scared Pet. This will scare and confuse a dog and reinforce fearful behaviors.

These tips combined with the use of a ThunderShirt can help reduce the need for costly sedating prescriptions this Fourth of July holiday.

ThunderShirt for Dogs is available in sizes XXS to XXL, and is sold in a variety of colors and styles. Suggested retail starts at $39.95. ThunderShirt for Cats is available in sizes S, M and L, and comes in Heather Grey. Suggested retail is $39.95. Custom embroidery is also available for an additional charge.

For more information about pet-related anxiety or product information, visit If you are a member of the media and would like more information about ThunderWorks, please contact Kerry Sutherland at K. Sutherland PR, or (949) 328-4895.

About ThunderShirt and ThunderWorks

Founded in 2009 in Durham, N.C., ThunderWorks’ 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. ThunderWorks continues to investigate anxiety and fear issues with scientific-based studies and surveys from recognized veterinarians and pet owners. ThunderShirt has already helped millions of dogs and cats across the country and around the world. The company also donates thousands of ThunderWorks products and funding to rescue groups and shelters to help these organizations manage their anxiety cases and find permanent homes.

Products are sold at and by retail stores, veterinarians, trainers and kennels across the country.



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Media Contact: Kerry Sutherland, K. Sutherland PR, 949-328-4895,

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