Coming to a Veterinary Hospital Near You: A Social Worker
A new trend in helping dog owners cope with illness, death.
“The man was a Korean war veteran, pretty elderly, but his PTSD was still very severe,” says Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW. “That’s why his Labrador retriever was both a service dog and a therapy dog. The dog’s presence helped keep him calm and able to go about his business. So when his pet became sick — bloody diarrhea — his anxiety level started escalating rapidly. That’s when the dog’s veterinarian asked me to step in."