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Articles by Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB

Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB

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.

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.

Canine aggression toward children (Proceedings)
August 1, 2010

Dogs these days are treated as children. They are expected to be social, and to have good manners. Unfortunately, some dogs are just not comfortable with children. Puppies purchased from breeders as well as adults adopted from shelters may present for aggressive behavior toward children.

Intercat aggression—the secret life of cats (Proceedings)
August 1, 2010

Cats were once described as solitary animals. Cats typically hunt alone and they do not wander about in packs. It was reasonable to conclude that cats were not a social species.

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."

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.

Training cats and dogs--opportunities for technicians in the practice setting (Proceedings)
August 1, 2010

The veterinary technician with an interest in behavior can help build and maintain a behavior practice within a general practice setting. Technicians are in an ideal position to promote behavior services. Clients will appreciate having a skilled person guide them through the treatment steps outlined by the veterinarian.

Referral guidelines—Does this dog need a behaviorist or a trainer? (Proceedings)
August 1, 2010

There are many professionals available to work with behavior problems in dogs. Each has a role, but sometimes, boundaries may seem less than clear.

One drug or two—the risks and benefits of combining psychotropic medications (Proceedings)
August 1, 2010

Factors to consider before prescribing a psychoactive drug.


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