Psychiatrically served dogs

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I've written about psychiatric service animals before, but this is a new twist.

The New York Times Magazine from last week has a wonderful article about the growing trend of psychiatric medicine for dogs, cats, and other pets. I'd heard of puppy prozac, but there's also meds for doggy OCD and kitty obsesity.

Soon, our psychiatric service animals will need their own psychiatric service attendants!

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My own cat Camilla is on xanax for her anxiety. Nick Dodman, who is the animal behaviorist expert at Tufts Veterinary School, prescribed it for her. He is amazing and has written several books on the subject. I might even have a couple you could borrow. The Bach flower rememdy known as Rescue Remedy is also very popular for calming animals, and is now readily available in lots of pet shops and catalogues. Dogs and cats are so sensitive and responsive. Why wouldn't they have the same problems we do?
I would like to be alive one hundred years from know when we know more about the brain of mammals. It will be a revolution.

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