My mini poodle…five years old and lovable/adorable… He barks like a maniac whenever a car…

My mini poodle…five years old and lovable/adorable… He barks like a maniac whenever a car, dog, truck or buggie goes by. He has epilepsy and I am always afraid that his extreme nuttiness will bring on a seizure. I’ve heard that thunder shirts might help… What’s your experience with them?? Thanks!

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7 years ago

Hi Linda, I am not a vet but have had mini and standard poodles my whole life. A couple of our dogs have been very anxious or acted "nutty." Here are the things I found work best to calm the dog down. 1. Make sure the dog gets enough exercise. The most anxious dog often loses its desire to bark if it is exhausted from a good walk, game of tug of war etc. 2. Use natural calming aids. These are not drugs but most of them contain chamomile and other natural ingredients. Your local pet store should have some… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Linda, Thanks for your question! The Thundershirt is made to be a tightly fitted jacket that a pet wears to feel more calm and relaxed. At our clinic we have used it for about three years. Many people think that it does calm their dog with Thunderstorm phobias, and we have had mixed reviews with using it for its other recommended uses like, separation, travel, and noise. I have not seen it be used successfully or treating seizures, but I do still recommend trying it because it is safe, affordable, and drug-free. If the Thundershirt helps calm your pup… Read more »