My Mom got me a Valentine's gift of a "Thundershirt" to keep me calm during those scary thunderstorms. We saw them featured on Good Morning America. Well when she opened the box a small packet fell out--one of those silica things in a white pouch... I just ate it right up! Boy was MOM MAD!!!! She should have put that shirt on herself to CALM DOWN... she call the manufacturer, and the vet, and looked it up on-line, nobody could tell her anything. So we decided to contact all our Corgi Lovers....YOU GUYS.

Do you know anything about that stuff in those pouches and if it will hurt me, or will I just poop it out like all the other stuff I eat? Like tissue paper, tin foil, stuffed toys and such!

And another question? Do these Thundershirts really work? Is anyone using one? Let me know. I am being kinda like a real pain when she tries to put it on me, growling and fussing and all. But I can be that way at times. My little brother loves to dress up in swathers and jackets and stuff...he is so weird.

Hope to hear from you.

Little Miss Muffy

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Comment by Sam Tsang on February 14, 2012 at 5:03pm

Hi Peggie, you can induce vomit by giving Muffy a cap of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Good luck!

Comment by Peggie Walsh on February 14, 2012 at 4:03pm

Thanks you, Thunderstorm did say it was harmless, nothing really toxic. She is a bid water drinker and is with me all the time. I am keeping a real close eye on her. 

I will report back on the shirt when I can get it on her. Thank you very much.

Comment by Rachael & Waffle on February 14, 2012 at 3:59pm

"According to, if your pet eats bits of silica gel, or your cat eats cat litter treated with silica gel, they may experience gastrointestinal distress, nausea and vomiting while they digest it.

Read more: The Effect of Silica Gel When Digested |"

"The American Association of Poison Control Centers considers silica gel to be more of a choking hazard for small children than a danger during the digestive process, but if your child does eat silica gel, they suggest calling the National Poison Help Line: (800) 222--1222 for the poison control center nearest you."

It may dry her stomach out, since that is what the gel is designed to do.  I would be sure she drinks a bunch but I'm sure she'll be fine.  I think calling the poison helpline is a bit unnecessary UNLESS the gel packet also contained cobalt chloride, a chemical added that changes color depending on the amount of moisture adsorbed to the material. That stuff can be very dangerous.  I would call the Thundershirt people and ask if they use cobalt chloride in their silica gel packets.  (They probably don't, but better safe than sorry!)

I've heard the Thundershirt works for some dogs and not for others.  I hope it works for you after all this trouble!  

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