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Canine anxieties and phobias: an update on separation anxiety and noise aversions. (Practical applications and new perspectives in veterinary behavior.)

By B. L. Sherman, D. S. Mills

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Abstract

Companion dogs commonly experience states of anxiety, fears, and phobias. Separation anxiety and noise aversions, as discussed in this article, are especially prevalent. Veterinarians are encouraged to recognize and treat such conditions on first presentation to address welfare issues and optimize successful management. New data suggest new treatment modalities, including behavioural management, pharmacotherapy, and species-specific pheromone use. Failure to treat can result in disruption of the human-animal bond and subsequent abandonment, relinquishment, or even euthanasia of the affected dog.

Date 2008
Publication Title Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice
Volume 38
Issue 5
Pages 1081-1106
ISBN/ISSN 0195-5616
DOI 10.1016/j.cvsm.2008.04.012
Language English
Author Address Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606-1499, USA. barbara_sherman@ncsu.edu
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal physiology
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  5. Carnivores
  6. Dogs
  7. Euthanasia
  8. Mammals
  9. Noise
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. pheromones
  12. phobias
  13. specificity
  14. therapeutics
  15. therapy
  16. Veterinarians
  17. Veterinary medicine
  18. Veterinary surgery