Sandra Barker (VCU) is the director of a new center at the Medical College of Virginia studying the health benefits to humans of interacting with companion animals. One of the services involves counseling for people grieving over the loss of a pet. Veterinarian Marie Suthers-McCabe (VT) recalls caring for search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero in New York.

Also featured: As Americans have increasingly looked to alternative medical therapies for themselves, they’re also considering them for their pets. One of the most popular treatments is acupuncture. The ancient Chinese therapy is used for everything from stiff legs to asthma. Vet Mark Crisman (VT) discusses the techniques and demonstrates them on a horse.


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