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Why Static Electricity Scares Animals

Posted by Aileen Madsen on

Nicholas Dodman of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine developed the static electricity theory after treating several dogs that experienced severe anxiety during thunderstorms.

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You may have wondered why static electricity scares animals.  Have you ever found your pet acting weird before a thunder storm?  Research shows that animals can hold an electrical charge in their fur.  This charge can provide shocks that are uncomfortable for the animal, especially since the animal is not aware of the characteristics of static electricity.

Nicholas Dodman of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine developed the static electricity theory after treating several dogs that experienced severe anxiety during thunderstorms.  When the dogs sensed the coming storm they would ground themselves in bathtubs or sinks.  Cummings concluded that the dogs had been conditioned to fear the coming storm from prior experiences of being shocked from the static electricity.

Now that you know why static electricity scares animals, there are several methods for reducing the static in your pets.  The best way to reduce static electricity is to add moisture back to your environment and/or your pet’s fur.  Try a room humidifier, lightly mist your pet’s fur, or try wiping down the fur with pet wipes.  Dodman has tested anti-shock devices to help reduce how static electricity scares animals and has had good results.

 

This classic BUSHMAN SALINE T-shirt with short sleeves uses 100% premium cotton that will keep you comfortable all day while helping to reduce static electricity in your pets. A special finishing enzyme wash makes this T-shirt even softer and more pleasant to the touch.

 

Another way to help reduce static electricity in your pet is to wear cotton clothes.  Cotton is consider a neutral material and does not attract or give up electrons when brought in contact or rubbed with other materials.  With your comfortable cotton T-shirt on you are now free to give your pet all the attention you want and you not pass on any scary static electricity.


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