19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy can also affect animals.

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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy for pets is a subset of MSbP according to medical literature, such as the National Institute of Health. It is called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: pet or MSbP:p. It is a very dangerous phenomenon. In fact, 9 out of 393 of intentional injury to cats and dogs are MSbP:p cases. Unfortunately, MSbP:p cases are very easy to hide because dogs and cats cannot communicate with veterinarians. Some pet owners who have Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy do it because they want sympathy from veterinarians. Others do it so that they can receive otherwise illegal prescription drugs through their pet’s illness. Sometimes MSbP:p and MSbP overlap. One of the men who made his dog sick went to jail for poisoning his child.

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