When Ann Krcik's 5-year-old Airedale terrier Shayla acquired leptospirosis, she was admitted to the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin in San Rafael, CA.
Krcik asked the veterinarian, Dr. Marcella Harb-Hauser, if spending time with her dog at the center would help the healing process. Dr. Harb-Hauser encouraged Krcik to come visit her dog. The doctor believes that "Just like humans, if pets are less stressed, they heal faster."
So Krcik visited Shayla several times each day, sitting on the floor with her 65 pound dog in her lap.
Shayla seemed to be getting better, but additional tests showed the disease had attacked the dog's lungs and had become life-threatening. Dr. Harb-Hauser told Krcik there was nothing more she could do for Shayla medically.
Krcik, sitting on the floor with Shayla in her lap, could feel her dog struggling to breathe. She held Shayla tighter, taking some small comfort in knowing at least she could hold her pet as she passed on.
At that very second, Shayla's health suddenly turned around. Her breathing improved and the very next day she was off oxygen and at home with Krcik to complete her recovery.
According to Dr. Harb-Hauser:
"We'll never really know why Shayla's health appeared to change in that instant. I firmly believe that Ann's presence, holding her the way she was, somehow helped Shayla enough to fight the physiological ailments she was facing. She may have recovered regardless, but it sure didn't seem that way."