Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: August 2016
Duration: 8 hours 43 minutes
The pioneering veterinarian and author of the New York Times bestseller The Dog Who Loved Too Much 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 for our mutual bonds. "In Pets on the Couch, Dr. Dodman explores how behavior can go wrong in animals, not just dogs and cats, but horses and even birds. His practice of 'One Medicine' simply means that what helps behavior problems in people will also help behavior problems in animals. In a fascinating series of case histories and personal stories he shows how this approach works, even though it was originally met with some skepticism by his colleagues. A fascinating read for anyone who wants to know how the animal mind works."-Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs