Mental stimulation as a tool to enhance canine patient mental wellbeing

Stuart Greenfield
November 2012

A kennel environment has been shown to elicit a stress response in animals. This response has been seen in patients during a visit to the veterinary practice. Studies have shown how various aspects of the veterinary experience result in both physiological and behavioural stress responses in dogs. This stress response has also been proven to enhance immunosuppression and increase wound healing time. This article looks at why it is important to understand the potential effects of stress on patients. It also offers a method of reducing stress in patients based on previous research.

Mental stimulation as a tool to enhance canine patient mental wellbeing
Mental stimulation as a tool to enhance canine patient mental wellbeing

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