The Many Faces of Mental Illness in Pets

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016). To be sure, many people struggle with some form of mental illness or know someone who has. But do our pets suffer from the same types of conditions?

Whether or not mental illness affects animals is hard to pinpoint. After all, we can’t ask our pets how they’re feeling. However, there are certain behavior patterns that lead veterinarians to diagnose mental illness in pets. In some cases, they may even prescribe medication to alleviate certain symptoms.


A Bundle Of Joy: Your Dog and Your New Baby

You Dog and Your New Baby will be fine

For many, there’s nothing more exciting than introducing a new baby to our family, and that includes our beloved pets. Dogs and kids have a long history of lasting relationships, but it’s important to get off to a great start. As with any new change, there are bound to be a few hurdles in the beginning, but with our guide to your dog and your new baby, you can be prepared for this adjustment and even help your dog ahead of time to meet this new phase of life head on.

Before the Birth

You may already have a lot on your plate, but as far as your dog is concerned, there are several things to do before you bring your baby home. These tips can help you soothe any signs of discomfort in your pet and get everyone started off on the right foot.


Navigating the No-Go: Surface Aversions in Dogs

Surface aversions in pets is a strange pet behavior.

No one likes something new, scary, or uncertain. Dogs are no different than the rest of us when it comes this mindset. It can, however, make for some frustrating situations when we fail to view the world from our pet’s perspective.

Whether you have an animal who won’t go outside in the wet grass, is terrified of your linoleum, or avoids your living room rug like the plague, surface aversions in dogs can be frustrating. Schertz Animal Hospital is happy to help you understand and navigate them a little better, though.


Awareness of Service Dog Stereotypes

Service dog stereotypes can damage the important work they do for the people that need them.Service animals guide, listen, balance, and love. The services they provide increase independence, freedom, peace of mind, and friendship for their handlers. Some service animals help those with physical disabilities, such as those in a wheelchair. But did you know that service dogs also help people with disabilities that aren’t immediately apparent, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

National Service Dog Month is all about honoring these hard working animals and the handlers they serve. It’s also about helping the public to understand what service animals are, what they do, and why they are so important to the people who need them. Although it’s easy to appreciate the help a service dog offers someone in a wheelchair, studies show that people with invisible disabilities experience more discrimination that those whose disability is not obvious. Continue…