When to seek treatment:
In the case of an animal bite, frequently with permission from parents and patient a furry co-therapist will be added.
Typically this will be Nakoa (pictured here) who is an American Bully and is certified as a therapy dog, Louie who is a rag doll cat (pictured beneath) or Janie who is a Chihuahua mix.
All three animals are sweet and have the temperament to help with treatment. Having positive interaction with a loving animal while doing trauma treatment can help minimize long-term side effects from a traumatic event and it allows for the victim to experience animals in a soothing fun manner.
For younger children, treatment is done via play therapy. Children are incredibly resilient and often only a few sessions are needed to fully treated any symptoms of trauma or anxiety from having been in a vehicle accident or being bitten by a dog or animal.
Children typically show changes in behavior such as regression in behavior, bed wetting, inability to sleep or nightmares/night terrors as well as showing elevated fears throughout the day. They may show hyperactivity to loud noises or getting into the car seat. Children will often play out what occurred and they may show increased aggressive behavior. Treatment can be done with younger children who are non-verbal or those that have a disability such as autism.