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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.

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  • Pets on the Couch may change your mind about minds. This compelling and exciting book will give many pet owners new hope, many vets and MDs new ideas, and inspire all readers with a fresh appreciation for how all animal species—including humans—are deeply and fundamentally connected. Thank you, Dr. Dodman, for your compassion for both people and animals, and for writing a book that itself is powerful medicine.”

    Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Dr. Dodman cleverly utilizes his vast clinical experience to deliver a fascinating collection of insightful and essential behavioral tales. The delineation between human emotions and those of the animals in our lives has never been finer.”

    Nicholas Trout, DVM, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With much charm and compassion, Dr. Dodman recounts fascinating stories of the various successes with his canine, feline, equine, and other patients. A book for anyone seeking to broaden their understanding and improve their caregiving of the animals we love.”

    Susan Richards, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Nick Dodman has the best of both worlds—a brilliant mind and a kind heart. Pets on the Couch is a wonderful, heartbreaking, and inspiring journey through the animal mind. Follow Dodman as he tracks down the source of seemingly quirky behavior, the root of suffering, and the sometimes convoluted path to recovery. A must read for anyone who has a pet, who loves animals, or is interested in the mysterious workings of the brain. It’s no wonder that Dodman is America’s most beloved vet.”

    Dr. Brian Hare, professor of cognitive neuroscience at Duke University and author of the New York Times bestseller The Genius of Dogs

  • “Dr. Dodman’s work makes it very clear that animals have the same emotions and neurochemistry as people. Essential reading for treating severe pet behavior.”

    Temple Grandin, PhD, bestselling author of Animals in Translation

  • “Who would imagine that a book on our familiar pets could offer so many important insights? I strongly recommend Pets on the Couch for anyone with an interest in animal minds, long misunderstood as nothing much, even by most scientists. The findings of Dr. Dodman, a highly scientific researcher, shows us that the minds of non-humans can be fully as complex and fertile as ours, and sometimes more so…if, like most pet owners, you know the truth, you’ll be cheering.”

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

  • Pets on the Couch tells riveting stories about how and why our pets become troubled and trouble. His answers can be lifesaving. Should be required reading for pet owners.”

    Judith L. Rapoport, MD, author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing

  • “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

  • “Dr. Dodman presents a captivating look at the world of animals, who are more like ourselves than we know. Nick tells priceless stories of pets and their psychological and biological causes of their problems, which are all too human. Fun, informative, and surprising.”

    John J. Ratey, MD, author of Spark

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