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Unlocking the Animal Mind


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Franklin D. McMillan, D.V.M., is a veterinarian in private practice and an adjunct clinical faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McMillan has written and lectured extensively on animal feelings and emotions, mind-body medicine, and quality of life, and is the editor and co-author of Mental Health and Well-being in Animals. He currently resides in Los Angeles.Kathryn Lance, who has written widely on fitness, health, diet, and medicine, is the author or coauthor of more than 50 books. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona


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This unusual, well-written, and insightful book explores the role of complex emotions and "human" feelings in animals. McMillan is a veterinarian with a special interest in the mind-body connection. His two primary concepts--the Comfort Zone and the four-part Pet Pleasure Principle--are designed to recognize the underlying feelings and emotions that fuel animal behavior and form the foundation for guiding their well-being. His explanations of feelings go beyond the simple instinct so often attributed as the cause of animal behaviors to prove that animals experience fear, loneliness, joy, grief, anticipation, and boredom. Increasing pleasure, including safety, and decreasing mental and physical discomfort are the goals of any animal, and should be of its owner, too. By using the quality-of-life factors McMillan defines with the help of veteran coauthor Lance, and his three-step program for mental wellness, pet owners will acquire powerful tools for keeping pets happy. Its successful blend of personal stories, lucid explanations, case studies, and specific problem-solving techniques makes this a standout in the crowded field of animal-care manuals. Lauren Roberts
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Unlocking the Animal Mind: How Your Pet's Feelings Hold the Key to His Health and Happiness McMillan, Franklin ISBN: 1-57-954880-6 Rodale Press Paperback $14.95 2004/10 Making the case that feelings-"comfort, pleasure, discomfort, and suffering"-are the only things that matter to pets, veterinarian McMillan demonstrates a variety of ways that pet owners can observe the impact of emotions on their pets' health and use such information to better the quality of their pets' lives. McMillan's conceptual keys to pet behavior are the "Comfort Zone," an animal's mental state in the absence of unpleasant feelings, and the "Pet Pleasure Principle" (with thanks to philosopher Jeremy Bentham), which de

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