Continuing our discussion about pet behavioral issues this month, Dr Patrick summarizes the most common dog and cat behavior issues he sees in your practice (separation anxiety, aggression (toward people and animals), noise phobia/anxiety, inappropriate elimination (cats and dogs), excessive barking, eating foreign objects)
He also covers some questions from our Embracers on pet behavior:
- Adrienne: When diagnosing a behavioral problem what diagnostics should regularly be run to rule out other potential medical conditions?
- Laura: I won’t declaw my cat and she’s pretty well trained not to scratch our furniture but I think she does it on purpose to get attention – she actually looks at me as she’s doing it and seems to think it amusing when I wave my hand at her to get her to stop. What can I do to
discourage this naughty behavior?
- Katie: Why is my dog fine for extended periods of time, but then every couple of weeks or so, I come home and my blinds look like they were attacked by Kung Fu Panda as a result of his separation anxiety? Is dog Prozac recommended? How long are pheromone collars usually used for before eliminating them as a possible solution? What are other training aids that might help eliminate stress?
- Melissa: I'd like to know why one of my dogs likes to eat the other dog's poop. It's gross!
- Megan: So many struggle with inappropriate elimination/urination with cats. It’s the top reason for cat euthanasia. What would your suggestions be for that and can you think of things that are out of the ordinary to try?
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Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.
Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2013 through Havenhurst Books