Dog Anxiety Vest Calming Jacket

Neo Sports Lab is making the most effective anxiety calming shirts for dogs and cats. The Lightning Shirts designed by Neo Sports Lab have the most coverage of dog’s torso for the best calming effect. More importantly, it covers the most sensitive part of pets – the chest – to achieve the best result. Our lightning shirts have been highly recommended by veterinarians. See below for the comparison between our Lightning Shirts vs. Thunder Shirt.

Dogs or cats can become anxious or nervous when being left alone in home, during a trip, or hearing loud noise from thunder storm or fireworks. In past, pet owners would visit vets for medications to help calm down the stressful pets. Now, there is a natural way to do so – the dog anxiety vest or calming jacket. Dog anxiety vest applies gentle pressure to the dog’s torso causing a calming effect similar to swaddling a crying infant or hugging a distressed person. There are many different types of calming jackets on the market, one of them is the thundershirt, which is the very first of such kind. When look at those dog anxiety vests or calming jackets, all of them have one big design flaw: leaving the most sensitive section of the pet body (the breast or upper chest) unwrapped. The lightning shirt, innovative design by Neo Sports Lab, gives the entire coverage of the chest area from neck to belly to create the most effective calming effect for dogs and cats.

Dog Anxiety: What causes it? How Does an Anxiety Vest help?

Anxiety in dogs and cats can be triggered by a various external stimuli. Dogs and cats often fear loud noises (e.g. fireworks), household visitors, nail trimming, car travel, vacuum cleaners, or separation from their owners. Fear of thunderstorms is a common cause of canine anxiety. Dogs and cats become anxious when they see lightning bolts or hear the constant pounding of rain on the roof. They also detect changes in barometric pressure and the ozone content of the air (a side effect of lightning) that occur during storms. And if they receive a shock from the buildup of static electricity, dogs really become nervous. It’s no wonder why so many dogs suffer from “storm phobia.”

When worn properly, a dog anxiety vest distributes pressure over the back and sides of the dog’s chest, serving as a calming “hug.”  Scientifically, gentle pressure releases chemicals called endorphins that promote a sense of well-being. That’s why stroking a dog firmly and slowly calms him down while a quick pat on the head gets him revs him up.

How to choose a good Anxiety Vest to calm your pets?

There are hundreds of makes of dog anxiety vest on the market, from the simple wraps to more complicated vests and jackets. They all claim it works on calming down stressed pets, but they are not made equal. So you need to do some homework before ordering one. Here are some factors to be considered when come to purchase a dog anxiety vest:

Design: Pets are more sensitive at neck and chest area. A well designed dog anxiety vest shall cover most torso from neck to tail, back and chest. Unfortunately, most dog anxiety vests on the market cover only dog’s back but not much the neck and chest area. Some rare designs, such as the Lightningshirt by NeoAlly, designed by Neo Sports Lab,  make the full coverage of the neck and chest.

Material: The material used for dog anxiety vest needs to be soft and elastic.  When it wraps tightly to the dog or cat’s body, the theory being it is akin to swaddling a baby. The tightness hits certain pressure points and makes the pet feel secure and comforted. The material has to be strong and durable to withstand some dogs from chewing it. The material needs to be breathable to make the pets comfortable to wear it.

Easy to Put On: It is not an easy task to put on a vest or jacket on your pet, especially when the pet is under stress. Some dog anxiety vests have put this into considerations in the design, but many others do not. For example, some designs require dog’s paws and legs to go thru sewn holes, which makes it very hard to wear. The lightning shirt designed by Neo Sports Lab is very easy to wear, no need to lift any part of the pet when putting it on.

Safety Features: Some dog anxiety vests are made with reflective, which make the pets wearing it visible at night, a nice safety feature for pet owners. The lightning shirt has such features.

Lightning Shirt – The Ultimate Calming Vest for Your Pets’s Anxiety

Lightning Shirt, the innovative design dog anxiety vest by Neo Sports Lab, has taken all the considerations in pets’ anxiety calming wear. It has the following advanced features in comparison to thunder shirt:

Better Design – It has the most coverage of dog torso, from neck to tail. While thunder shirt wraps from top to bottom, leaving most part of the dog chest and neck uncovered, the lightning shirt wraps pet from bottom up, covering the whole chest and neck area for the best calming effect in pets’ anxiety. It also gives adjustable tightness and compression at each part of the body, achieving the personalized calming needs for your dog or cat.

More Comfortable for Pets – Thunder shirt wraps pets top down from back to chest, leaving the fastening velcros right under the pet’s chest and neck,  making them rub pet’s skin when the pet laying down. Lightning shirt wraps pets from bottom up, and the fastening velcros are on top of pet’s back, no inference with dog’s activities.

Easier to Wear – Since wrapping bottom up, lightning shirt allows you easily compress the shirt and fasten the velcros, while thunder shirt make it harder to get the compression around your pet and not easy to adjust the velcros and fasten them.

When putting on the lightning shirt, keep your dog or cat standing, put the shirt under the pet between legs, lift up the top of the shirt and wrap around pet’s neck, then lift up the middle portion and wrap around pet’s body. Adjust the tightness around neck and around body separately to achieve best calming compression.

Breathable Material – The lightning shirt is made of soft and elastic material containing 90% polyester and 10% spandex.  It is durable and breathable, providing consistent and gentle compression.

Safety Reflective Edges – Another advantage that the lightning shirt gives over thunder shirt is that it has reflective edges, which make the pets wearing it visible at night, safe from the passing vehicles.