Daisy, the greyhound who helped kickstart The Calm Pet Vet
Shortly after graduating from the University of Melbourne, Dr. Channy witnessed their first case of separation distress. Sadly, Daisy’s emotional pain was severe enough that euthanasia was being considered.
The surrendered, ex-racing greyhound had become so emotionally attached (imprinted) to Dr. Channy that she screamed, urinated, self-harmed and destroyed items whenever they were out of sight. Not only was the severity of the separation distress a welfare concern, but as Daisy's primary caregiver it deeply affected Dr. Channy's work, social and home life.
After a physical exam to rule out medical causes, and under the guidance of a Veterinary Psychiatrist (Behaviour Specialist), Dr. Channy was able to choose the best medication to improve Daisy's quality of life and provide an environment that supported her acclimation to life off the track.
Dr. Channy could then further explore Daisy's triggers and quirks, fine-tune their communication and eventually taper Daisy's medication.
Daisy inspired Dr. Channy to explore low-stress handling practices in the clinic and to support other pet owners troubled by their pet's behaviour.
Dr Channy with Daisy, 2013
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