Munchausen by Surrogate with Pets

As an herbalist with a special interest in natural health care for dogs and cats, I observe many different relationships between owners and their pets. Over the years, I have seen a small number of pet owners exhibit a certain peculiar psychological behavior. This behavior follows the classic symptoms of Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome (MBPS). The only difference is that the syndrome I’ve observed uses the family dog ​​or cat as a surrogate, making it a rare but devastating form of animal cruelty.

Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome involves the primary caregiver or guardian who exaggerates or fabricates the symptoms of an illness, the illness itself, or more than one illness in the person (or pet) they are caring for. MBPS is an artificial (artificially produced) form of mental illness associated with severe mental difficulties. A caregiver intentionally harms a child or pet – or describes non-existent symptoms of an illness – to sympathize with the burden, praise such commitment, or establish a deeper relationship with a doctor, veterinarian, or other healthcare provider.

A while ago, I received an email from a prospective client that wrote: My dog ​​has kidney disease, high blood pressure, Cushing’s disease, pulmonary hypertension, bladder stones, diabetes, and now a skin condition caused by Cushing’s where it blisters and peels. like sunburn. The antibiotic shampoo cleans the fleas and the tick medicine I use. Can TripleSure Natural Flea and Tick Spray be used on her skin? Also, can I use DentaSure All-Natural Oral Care Spray with all the medicines used for health problems? I will be waiting for your answer.

Rather than a responsible dog lover, he looks more like the proud owner of a pity party with four legs and a tail. But a common feature among MBPS patients is their determined denial. Have this dysfunction. I could be wrong in my assumption though, and if so, I wouldn’t want to add to his unhappy state.

Me too, “While our natural products work very well on your dog, the last thing he needs seems to be more medication. Too often we find that the interaction of multiple drugs, especially prescription drugs, creates more side effects and other conditions they treat. my good advice is to find a responsible holistic veterinarian in your area who will treat your dog as a complete physiological system rather than a collection of symptoms to be covered up. Please visit the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Find a professional whose main interest is in saving your dog’s life. I wish you the best.”

I’m still waiting for his reply.

Further complicating the victim surrogate’s health problems are Big Pharma’s prescription drugs that target only the symptoms, not the root cause of the illness. Moreover, drug designers focus on the specific symptom that a single ingredient will alleviate, ignoring the remaining spectrum of plant ingredients that Nature intended so richly (and wisely) for our full recovery. The result of this type of symptom-only targeting is a list of side-effects that are practically harmless to friendly voice-over like in TV commercials.

Even well-meaning doctors and veterinarians make debilitating mistakes with prescription drugs. Imagine the devastation that a person with Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome can cause when their goal is to garner sympathy for their “sick little dog.”

The answer is to become more aware of the MBPS and speak up when something doesn’t seem right. Animal cruelty is a crime, no matter how little or how aware of human actions. In the case of a vulnerable dog or cat, it’s always best to be careful.

Call your local SPCA, Humane Society, or Animal Rescue. Put yourself in your best friend’s shoes. If the person you trust is also the person who hurt you the most, wouldn’t you want someone to raise their voice on your behalf?

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