A friend wrote: "Our dog is behaving strangely. We keep a diary on how his behaviour is different than before. He has always been a 'different dog' but we feel something is changing. And so does our other dog. Because of my medical background, If he was a human I would think it is the early stages of dementia. I know it can occour in dogs as well, so we're observing and asking him on regular bases how he's doing.
Veterinary medicine often parallels but lags behind human medicine. In the field of treating emotional and mental disorders ranging from anxiety to OCD to depression, veterinary medicine has begun to recognize that emotional distress needs to be treated, just as physical distress would be.
Continuing the dialogue about the many considerations involving Animal Assisted Therapy, our colleague Dr. Kirby Wycoff is a featured guest on the NPR program, Dog Talk. Dr. Wycoff's continuing work in this field offers everyone involved in AAT food for thought.