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Pets on the Couch : Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
by Nicholas H. Dodman


Overview - The pioneering veterinarian and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Dog Who Loved Too Much, and the national bestseller, The Cat Who Cried for Help, recounts his uniquely entertaining--and poignant--stories of treating animals for all-too-human problems as he reveals his amazing breakthroughs with the new science of One Medicine.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The pioneering veterinarian and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Dog Who Loved Too Much, and the national bestseller, The Cat Who Cried for Help, recounts his uniquely entertaining--and poignant--stories of treating animals for all-too-human problems as he reveals his amazing breakthroughs with the new science of One Medicine.

The Oliver Sacks of animal brains, Dr. Nicholas Dodman is an internationally renowned veterinarian and research scientist who wrote one of the first popular books to recognize the complex emotional lives of dogs and to reveal innovative ways to help them, including with Puppy Prozac. Now, Dr. Dodman once again breaks new ground with the practice of One Medicine, the profound recognition that humans and other animals share the same neurochemistry, and that our minds and emotions work in similar ways.

Racehorses with Tourette's Syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident Bull Terrier with autism--these astonishing cases were all helped by One Medicine, which emphasizes the similarities rather than differences between animals and humans.

Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them--and our mutual bonds.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476749020
  • ISBN-10: 1476749027
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Pets > Essays & Narratives
Books > Psychology > Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Books > Pets > Dogs - Breeds

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Veterinary behaviorist Dodman (The Dog Who Loved Too Much), founder of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University, constructs a compelling and succinct case for "one medicine," a revolutionary approach to veterinary care based on the idea that animals and humans have a similar biology and can mutually benefit from medical discoveries among all types of species. The discussion presented is easily digestible even for those unfamiliar with medical jargon and incorporates all types of perspectives on the subject to keep the material light and interesting. The science of genetic testing is mixed in with stories of concerned pet owners. Logical, well-explained links are created between the psychiatry in animals and humans. Dodman overstates his case and the narrative gets repetitive, but the passion that Dodman puts into his work shines through these shortcomings. Filled with heartfelt case studies of autistic dogs, cats with Alzheimer's disease, and horses with Tourette syndrome, among others, Dodman injects empathy into a world where sympathy previously reigned. (Aug.)

 
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