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1-Feline Urine Marking-Cyproheptadine

NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #1 2.5.15 Hello colleagues- Below is some brief information on behavior medicine that you may find helpful. I am interested in comments, pro or con, on whether our listserve members would like to receive a behavior update like this from time to time. Please send feedback. Thanks, Jeff Nichol, DVM…

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2-Behavioral Signs of Nausea

2.19.15 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #2 Hi colleagues- Here is a brief description of an often overlooked physical cause of licking and ingestive behaviors of dogs. I hope you find it helpful. All the best, Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Behavioral Signs…

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3-Overgrooming cats

3-5-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #3 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Feline psychogenic alopecia (over-grooming), has long been linked to hyperesthesia syndrome. Rippling of the skin or sudden intense licking can be comorbid with behavioral problems like house soiling, spraying, or sparring with…

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4-Overgrooming cats-Part 2

3-19-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #4 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Feline Psychogenic Alopecia – the rest of the story Most over-grooming cats suffer from dermatologic etiologies but about 24% of them are significantly anxious. Crowded in a multi-cat household or frightened by…

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5-Coprophagia

4-2-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #5 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Coprophagia There are multiple causes for this disgusting habit, one of which is that, for some dogs, it’s actually considered normal. Here is the list of rule-outs. Taste/texture preference (believe it or…

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6-Dogs rolling in smelly stuff

4-16-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #6  Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Dogs rolling in dead creatures and other smelly stuff Question from a colleague: Hi Jeff, Everyone in this office wants to know why dogs roll in dead gophers and other decaying proteins.…

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7-Kitten with Human-Directed Aggression

4-30-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #7 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Kitten with human-directed aggression Hi Jeff- Saw a young kitten, about 12 weeks, this morning and the owner complained that at times it gets aggressive, with dilated pupils, rushing and…

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8-Fearful Dogs

5-21-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #8 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Frightened/Aggressive Dogs in the Veterinary Clinic Dogs who react with aggression require time and energy. Their owners have presented them for an important medical service. It is our job to…

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9-Dogs with Severe Aggression in Vet Clinic

6-4-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #9 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Dogs with Severe Aggression in the Veterinary Clinic There are dogs so intensely reactive that no amount of low-stress handling will help. You can rally the troops for a high-risk/high-stress…

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