DIY compression shirt tutorial for pet anxiety

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Fourth of July is nearly upon us and while all of the fireworks and festivities may be fun for us, our furry friends may not agree.

WHNT News 19's Sarah Macaluso took action this week to show you how to DIY a compression shirt for your furbaby to help with noise related anxiety.  It's made out of materials commonly found inside the home and achievable in three easy steps.

"Just that little bit of compression, it provides in a sense some security just like swaddling a baby or even close comfort with other humans. As far as true scientific reasons behind it other than we just know it really makes them feel better," said Dr. Pott of the Whitesburg Animal Hospital. "For some pets it just makes them feel safe enough that they don't have that anxiety."

STEP ONE:  The first step of making a compression shirt is to remove the dog's collar and start with a cloth type bandage.

"These are just going to be more comfortable," explains Dr. Pott. "There's also less risk that it might contract once it's already on your pet."

STEP TWO:  Place the center of the bandage over the chest of the animal.  Pull the bandage snug, but not too tight.

STEP THREE:  Criss-cross the bandage over the dog's back and then again on the stomach.  Tie the bandage near the rear.

Three easy steps that can keep your furry bestie feeling safe this Fourth of July. We'd love to see if you try the DIY compression shirt with your pet at home! Share your experience with us on our WHNT Facebook page.

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