The Power of Wagging Tails: A Doctor's Guide to Dog Therapy and Healing

The Power of Wagging Tails: A Doctor's Guide to Dog Therapy and Healing

by Dawn A. Marcus


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303120
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/19/2011
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 8.74(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Dawn A. Marcus, MD, was a neurologist and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, working at the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute. Dr. Marcus was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania; she received her medical degree from State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. Her postdoctoral training includes a rotating internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Syracuse and a residency in Neurology at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Marcus joined the faculty at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1990.

Dr. Marcus has authored over 100 articles on the topics of chronic pain and headache, and has given numerous training sessions and invited lectures on the topics of chronic pain and headache in the United States and internationally. She has served as principal investigator on research projects investigating pain epidemiology, pathology, treatment, and women's issues that were funded by regional or national sources. She has also authored numerous books on chronic pain and migraine, including 10 Simple Solutions to Migraine, for which she won the 2007 Excellence in Media Award from the National Headache Foundation. Her most recent consumer book was Fit as Fido: Follow Your Dog to Better Health, (self-published) which teaches you to use your relationship with your dog to improve your general health. She has authored several books on chronic pain management for health care professionals, including the recently published Headache Simplified, Chronic Pain: A Primary Care Guide to Practical Management (second edition), Effective Migraine Treatment in Pregnant and Lactating Women, and Chronic Pain Atlas. In 2010 she authored a book on migraine for women.

Dr Marcus was a consultant for Del Monte's "Power of Paws" program, encouraging human health through dog companionship. Dr. Marcus has trained her two wheaten golden terriers to be therapy dogs.

Table of Contents

Part I: Bringing Healing into Our Lives with Dogs
1. Living with Healing Dogs
2. Making Fido a Member of Your Personal Treatment Team and Support Network
3. Getting Involved with Pet Therapy
Part II: Dogs as Healer
4. Napoleon and Nikita as Nurses: Comforting People Needing Chronic Therapy
5. Duke and Daisy as Doctors: Sniffing out Disease
6. Dogs as Therapists
Part III: A Doctor's View of Healing Dogs Helping Medical Illness
7. Let Shadow and Sammy Ease an Ailing Psyche
8. Connecting with Bailey is Heart Healthy
9. I have Cancer: Can a Dog Help Me? 1
10. Pain and Pet Therapy
11. Managing Your Metabolism with Molly: Diabetes and Weight Control
12. Get off your Butt! Let Your Dog Show You How
13. Thanks for the Memories: Helping Seniors Connect with their Past and the Present
14. The Healing Power Witnessed by Dog Handlers

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"...a "must read" for anyone not familiar with pet therapy programs."-Pittsburgh Tribune June 12, 2011

“I recommend this book to everyone because it will open you to the power which is created when we bond with animals.”- Bernie Siegel, MD, Author, Love, Medicine and Miracles, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul, and Smudge Bunny

“With a clear love for dogs and a passion for medicine, Dr. Dawn Marcus has written a prescription for happiness and health that we should all take to heart. A lovely, inspiring book that every dog lover and physician should own.”-Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB, Author, The Other End of the Leash and For the Love of a Dog

“Brilliant! Pet owners on the journey to becoming therapy dog handlers will be more successful thanks to her insights and thorough research.”-Sheri Gintner MS, CDBC, Dog Behavior Consultant to the Western PA Humane Society and owner of Good Dog! Behavior Training

“For those who question the healing quality of dogs, The Power of Wagging Tails, will be a proof positive eye opener. For those already familiar with that power, this book will delight and warm their hearts.”-Dale V. Atkins, PhD, media commentator and Author, Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life

“ Dawn Marcus has written a book that highlights through moving anecdotes and intriguing research the way the dogs that touch our lives make us not only happier but healthier. …The only hard thing about reading this book was at times seeing through my tears.”-Julie Hill Host of DogCastRadio and Columnist

“ ...We humans can learn a lesson about our own health from these remarkable furry physicians. Outstanding read!”-Jeff Marginean, Creator and Host of The My Buddy Butch Show and Author, My Buddy Butch

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