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Feline urine marking—thinking outside the box (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Cats who eliminate outside the litter box pose serious problems for owners that may force the family to place, surrender or euthanize the cat. In many cases, treatment is highly effective with resolution rates between 80-90% if the problem has been properly diagnosed.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Operant modalities: alternatives to psychotropic drugs (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

One aspect of veterinary behavioral therapy is the use of psychotropic drugs to control behavior. To set the context for my comments, I am not a veterinarian.

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Behavior analysis analyzed (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Within the study of psychology are several sub-disciplines that focus on animal behavior. One of these fields is called behavior analysis. Unlike ethology, the study of how animals behave in their natural habitat, behavior analysis deals primarily with the way behavior is changed by the environment. This field is also called the experimental analysis of behavior.

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Idiopathic behaviors: pica, acral lick dermatitis, cribbing, separation anxiety and aggression (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

The term idiopathic is usually attached to behaviors such as acral lick dermatitis, pica, psychogenic alopecia and cribbing to denote an undetermined origin. While these behaviors are technically unexplained, they have correlations that hint at causality. The three factors that each of these behaviors share are selective breeding, the absence of culling through natural selection and close confinement.

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Why they just won't do what you tell them: client compliance (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

One of my dear friends and colleagues – a veterinary cardiologist – often teases me that behavior can't really be that hard. She thinks that a behaviorist's work rarely exceeds the advice to add another litter box. While it's true that implanting a pace maker is more impressive than 'adding a litter box', I like to emphasize that I'm able to keep more pets in their families and alive when we compare our case outcomes. This hasn't always been the case.

Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

Behavioral history taking (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

There is no way around it: collecting a behavioral history is time-consuming. But never boring. Given a chance, pet owners will share every detail of every episode that they can recall. Most people are also eager to offer their theories regarding the development of the problem. A systematic means of politely limiting the information flow can be developed with experience.

Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

The interplay between medicine and behavior (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Most medical conditions lead to changes in behavior. Veterinary visits are scheduled when pets are "not acting right". Behaviors of concern might include limping, coughing, and vomiting.

Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

Reactive dogs: Practical tips for helping clients cope (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Remember Lassie? How about all those clever Dalmatians? People are inclined to adopt dogs of certain breeds when they see a dog of that breed behaving in an appealing manner. It is tempting to watch a border collie speed gracefully through an agility course and think, "Wow, I would like a dog like that."

Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

Feline housesoiling: Sprinkling out of the box (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Many cats lose their homes and lives simply because they eliminate in areas other than their litter boxes. Cat owners are often unaware that treatment is available. In fact, the prognosis for resolving housesoiling in cats is often very good.

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