I really don’t like to medicate my dogs. I prefer to use natural remedies as much as possible. Thankfully, we haven’t had many occasions where I’ve needed to utilize medication. Mauja tends to have anxiety in new places, but we have found a natural product that really seems to take the edge off. It wasn’t until recently that I needed something for Atka.
As many of you know, Atka got neutered last week. Pyrs are very sensitive to anesthesia, so I assumed he would be out of it for a few days (it took Mauja a week for the effects to wear off). Boy, was I wrong. The next morning, Atka was his normal, bubbly self and I could not get him to settle down! We tried training, puzzle toys, and calm outings, but nothing seemed to work. As I was fumbling through the closet to find something else to occupy him, I remembered I had an Anxiety Wrap that I had yet to review. Perfect!
We have tried other brands of the wrap on Mauja when we’re at home and something makes her anxious, but they just don’t work with her. Instead of calming her down, the wraps tend to make her more anxious. She’ll pace around the house, rub herself against the walls, and just look absolutely miserable. This is why you’ll probably never see Mauja in a Halloween costume!
So how does the Anxiety Wrap work?
The Anxiety Wrap works by using gentle pressure to alleviate symptoms of “fear, anxiety, hyperactivity, insecurity, and shyness”. It is intended for short term use to lessen these symptoms and prevent habituation of the product. If you have ever read Temple Grandin’s autism research, the anxiety wrap works much in the same way.
What were our thoughts on the wrap?
First of all, I love the design of the wrap because it is much more “involved” than most other wraps. The wrap goes over the head, has front leg holes, and has straps that wrap around the back legs. This adds calming pressure and keeps the wrap from bunching up. There are also elastic bands that can be tightened in two areas of the wrap ensuring a comfortable fit.
However, I can’t say confidently that it worked. It seemed to take a bit of an edge off Atka’s energy level, but nothing too dramatic. I’d be curious to see if it would work better for a dog with thunderstorm fear or another phobia. I do plan to take the wrap with us on our upcoming trip to hopefully lessen any stress associated with the drive.
Have you used an Anxiety Wrap on your dog? Did you see any improvement?
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