I recently attended the BlogPaws pet and social media conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Between all the bloggers, pets, sponsors and vendors, it was truly a spectacular conference.
As a human dad to six dogs, there were many people, services and products that I found very impressive. The one product that knocked me off my feet, however, was the CALMZ Anxiety Relief System, by PetMate. While browsing and talking to many different vendors, I noticed a dog mannequin wearing a fitted vest supporting some sort of device. I immediately supposed it might be related to dogs with anxiety, and was drawn to it like metal to a magnet.
The drug-free, non-invasive CALMZ Anxiety Relief System is an effective solution for dogs who suffer from anxiety caused by storms, fireworks, loud noises, visiting veterinarians, strangers, and car rides, among many other situations. The fitted, adjustable vest that originally attracted me cradles a device over specific acupressure points on your dog’s spine, and its clinically proven NeuroSync technology blends classical music, tones and vibrations that has been scientifically proven to immediately soothe stress.
Calmz signals the body to stop producing adrenaline, and its tonal therapy increases blood flow to the brain, in combination with the calibrated vibrations which emit a soothing sensation, similar to a gentle massage. The device's 8 different cycles can be deployed with different intensities, durations, and repeat options, as shown in this instructional video.
Three of my six dogs have various noise anxieties, so this issue is particularly close to my heart. One of my dogs in particular, Sammy, has it really bad. He's a 10-pound Pomeranian who becomes acutely anxious with storms, fireworks, loud noises, veterinary visits, and car rides. Now, this anxiety isn't all fear-based. Sammy loves car rides, for instance. It's just that one of the consequences of his excitement also results in anxiety.
I first noticed Sammy's anxiety years ago, back when I lived in NYC on 38th Street and 1st Avenue. The building I lived in towered over the East River, where firework ceremonies took place each year. As soon the deafening explosive noises would start and the skies would light up, Sammy would run to the bathroom and jump into the empty tub. That bathtub was like a security blanket for my poor Pomeranian.
During the last week of May, we were experiencing quite a bit of thunderstorms in Puerto Rico. Sammy's so in tune with the weather that he often knows when a storm is coming before the meteorologists do. On one of these days, Sammy started with his usual panting and pacing. He literally could not sit still. So my wife and I put the Calmz Device on him. Within moments, his panting was less rapid and his pacing slowed down. As the Calmz vibrations and calming sounds continued, his anxiety declined noticeably.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. A glance at the cover picture says it all: the funny thing is, now, whether there's a storm or not, Sammy loves wearing the device.
Approximately 25 million pets in the United States have general anxiety. In dogs, this manifests as the anticipation of future danger, which triggers physical symptoms such as:
- Inappropriate urination
- Chewing on things
During times of distress, dogs experience decreased blood flow to the brain as their adrenaline and anxiety peak. When a dog becomes anxious there's a decrease in blood flow to the processing centers of the brain.
Dr. Lisa Radosta, Veterinary Behaviorist says fear, anxiety and stress are a neurochemical response, and not just something our dogs can "get over." Dr. Radosta went on to say that pet owners should consider, fear, anxiety and stress just as important as annual vaccinations or routine checkups.
I've been writing about pets and animals for the last six years, and I can say without a doubt in my mind that this is one of best products I've seen in a long time. When people buy the Calmz Anxiety Relief System, they're not just buying a product, they're purchasing a better life for their pets. And who doesn't want that?
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