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Terminal behavioral problems

By Myrna Milani

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Abstract Veterinary education often treats knowledge regarding behavioral issues as an optional accessory rather than an integral part of animal health. At the same time, though, veterinarians are often paradoxically presented to the public as the ultimate authority on all things animal. This means that practitioners may have little or no awareness, let alone appreciation, of the havoc serious animal behavioral problems can wreck on the client, animal, and themselves — until they find themselves caught in the midst of one. In general, communication breakdowns at such times result from one or more of the following: 1. A lack of knowledge regarding normal and abnormal animal behavior leads the veterinarian to respond to serious behavioral problems emotionally. 2. The practitioner fails to recognize the relationship between serious behavioral and medical problems. 3. The practitioner fails to acknowledge that serious behavioral problems generate equal and possibly even more client stress than serious medical ones.

Deborah Maron

Publication Title Can Vet J.
Volume 46
Issue 8/August
Pages 744-747
Publisher Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Language English
Additional Language French
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Behavioral research
  4. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  5. Behavior control
  6. Education
  7. Pet ownership
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Veterinarians