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Nervous Systems

Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

Sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions typically function in opposition to each other. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the excitatory messages while the parasympathetic nervous system is the regulator of the inhibitory neurotransmitters. However, this opposition is better termed complementary in nature rather than antagonistic. For example, one may think of the sympathetic division as the accelerator and the parasympathetic division as the brake.

If a pet's needs are not met, the parasympathetic nervous system does not develop normally, leaving them with inadequate levels of inhibitory support. They are then functioning with high excitatory neurotransmitter levels and have the pedal to the metal.

Therefore without a properly functioning parasympathetic nervous system or the "brake" a dog will be running on fear based excitatory neurotransmitters until we can adequately balance their brain.

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