Going to the dentist was never something I was super excited to do when I was young. Maybe that is because my father was my dentist, and I would get grounded if I had cavities. I wasn’t concerned about the discomfort I might feel, or the sound of the drill…I just didn’t want to get in trouble afterwards.
As talented as my father was, I still get a little nervous when I go to see my current dentist. Anxiety is a very common thing to feel, especially when doing something one does not really want to do. Luckily, many dentists are aware of this, and are trained to calm their patients before, during, and after the visit. Many will display movies or give a choice of music to listen to during the procedure. But some have taken it a step further by using dogs therapeutically as a part of their practice.
It is no secret that animals have a calming influence on people. This is especially important in a high-stress environment. Therapy dogs have been used by counselors and doctors alike to aid in the recovery process of children, the elderly, veterans, and special needs individuals. Now, even dentists are using dogs to help relieve anxiety in their patients and help them have a more enjoyable experience.
One such dentist is Dr. Paul Weiss, a pediatric dentist from Williamsville, NY. Having a light-hearted personality helps when working with children, but Dr. Weiss also has a secret weapon…his Golden Retriever, Brooke.
Brooke, who is a certified therapy dog, has been trained to foster calm with her healing presence. She does this by climbing into the chair and draping herself peacefully across the laps of the children. Instead of clenching fists and squirming, the kids will usually relax and pet her head. What a welcome distraction!
In case you are on your way to a dentist without a dog, or just find yourself in high-stress situations all the time, consider Rescue Remedy as an alternative to anxiety. Rescue Remedy is a holistic stress reliever made from flower essences, and has helped millions of people worldwide.
The entire BARF World Team wishes to extend a very happy Father’s Day to all the BARF dads out there. I would also like to wish my own father a very happy birthday. Yes, his birthday sometimes falls on Father’s Day…just like my Mom’s does for Mother’s Day. Weird. Until next time…happy BARFing.
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.