Veterinarians

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM – Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM – Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital

“We’ve been using Thundershirt at my clinic, and the feedback from our clients is very positive. Thundershirt is a good alternative solution to try versus medications. And it will definitely ‘Do no harm’.”

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM
Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital
Durham, NC

Dr. Joanne Baldwin, DVM

Dr. Joanne Baldwin, DVM

“I have used Thundershirt with my own dog and have seen a real improvement with her fear of thunderstorms and other loud noises. I am now recommending Thundershirt to my clients with good results.”

Dr. Joanne Baldwin, DVM
Cardinal Animal Hospital
Richmond, VA

Dr. Mark Guise, DVM

Dr. Mark Guise, DVM

“Overwhelmingly, Thundershirt has been a success with our cases for thunderstorms and fireworks.”

Dr. Mark B. Guise, M.S., V.M.D.
Lockwillow Avenue Animal Hospital
Harrisburg, PA

Dr. Amanda Hall, DVM – Baytree Animal Hospital

Dr. Amanda Hall, DVM – Baytree Animal Hospital

“I have used it several times in my Labradoodle, Pearl, who has severe storm phobia. I think that it works great and will gladly endorse them.”

Valdosta, GA

Dr. Julie Servaites

Dr. Julie Servaites

We have been using ThunderKits at our hospital in Tallahassee, Florida and are very happy with the results. We probably fit 2 or 3 dogs a day for Thundershirts and it has been very helpful to have the ThunderKit on hand. We offer Thundershirts to our clients with dogs that have severe separation anxiety and other anxieties. We also use them to calm dogs that are anxious during their exams, daycare or boarding. We joke that a Thundershirt is “A shirt that gives a hug!” and our clients love them.”

Dr. Julie Servaites
Los Robles Animal Hospital
Tallahassee, FL

Dr. Carl L. Schenholm, DVM

Dr. Carl L. Schenholm, DVM

“Thundershirt is truly amazing! Our own 3-year-old Shih Tzu begins to shake uncontrollably when he feels a storm coming. When we used the Thundershirt for the first time when a storm was coming, we were amazed that in less than a minute, he stopped shaking, laid down quietly in the room where we were and stayed there calmly through the storm. By the third time we needed to use it, I said, “Let’s put your Thundershirt on”, and he came right over and lifted his head so I could put it on him. He likes it! We’re telling everyone about it. What a simple solution to a major problem.”

Sedona, AZ

Dr. Don Woodman, DVM

Dr. Don Woodman, DVM

“The case is a 10 yr old FS Wheaton Terrier. My client received the Thundershirt this April and we had some pretty significant lightning storms soon thereafter. The owner reports that the pet was able to rest and sleep during the storm and was even willing to eat a greenie treat. All of this is in stark contrast to the usual anxiety the dog displayed during such storms when the possibility of the pet calmly eating or sleeping was close to nil. The owner was thrilled! The owner had refused to use medications. In July of 2009, we talked about using clomipramine which as you well know is an anti-anxiety medication that needs to be given daily usually twice daily for at least a month prior to full effectiveness, and effectiveness is spotty at best. The other alternative was to give acepromazine as a sedative. This is more likely to be effective and can be a good option for dogs with pure noise phobias because you can reliably predict the need for sedation on July 4th and New Years eve. But pure noise phobias (as opposed to storm phobias) are rare and in this part of Florida the summer thunderstorm season is several months long where we have almost daily afternoon storms. You probably are aware that the Tampa area has the highest rate of lightning strikes in the country and has, I believe, the second highest crate of lightning strikes in the world. So for the summer months a client basically has to keep their pet constantly sedated. Less than ideal! I have had patients that died after plowing through a plate glass window due to the extreme fear generated by a storm and then plunge into traffic and get struck by a car. So I have seen the terrible potential for storm phobias. The patient I just described was on Clomipramine and Xanax and it just didn’t help. Animals in fight or flight response can sometimes have the brain process incoming information differently from normal animals. The part of the brain that processes memory is bypassed to allow the parts of the brain that are involved in fight or flight take precedence. Effectively what this means is that the dog doesn’t make long term memories about the storm that let it learn that the storms are not dangerous. In other words, every time a phobic dog encounters a fear producing storm it is as if the dog is experiencing a storm for the first time. Quite tragic really. So the Thundershirt has great potential to help these patients.”

Safety Harbor, FL

Dr. Paula Steele, DVM – Murray County Veterinary Services

Dr. Paula Steele, DVM – Murray County Veterinary Services

“One of our employees is using the Thundershirt with very good results–Her dog is now off of all antianxiety medication and is much more relaxed during storms.”

Chatsworth, GA

Dr. Ann Nevils, DVM

Dr. Ann Nevils, DVM

“It all started with our technician, Nikki Brummet. We bought some Thundershirts at the CVC Kansas City. Nikki, a big skeptic, tried one on her Australian Shepherd, Marble. Marble has severe thunderstorm anxiety and is very destructive to the house, kennel and herself before and during storms. She has been on a potpourri of anxiety drugs with Xanax working the best but still only manageable at best. As we all know with medications, timing is everything when dealing with anxiety and is very difficult when a storm pops up when you are not home! Nikki uses the Thundershirt on Marble without needing any medications! Simple to use and has immediate results! Nikki has been our best spokesperson in our clinic and we have sold many Thundershirts for car and separation anxieties as well! We have only received great feedback from our clients! “

Dr. Ann Nevils, DVM
Chenoweth Animal Hospital
Louisville, KY

Wendy, Liles Animal Clinic

Wendy, Liles Animal Clinic

“Thank you Thundershirt! And thank you Dr. Liles in Searcy, AR, for the recommendation. It really works! We had tornados and thunderstorms in our area last night and I actually got to sleep during them for the first time in 7 years!! Amazing. My dog and I are both happy campers today :)

McRae, AZ