Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat / Edition 3

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Formerly the Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, the new edition of the definitive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems of the dog and cat has been extensively updated. It retains the highly practical approach that has proved so successful in previous editions, offering diagnostic guidelines, preventative advice, treatment guidelines and charts, case examples,client forms and handouts, and product and resource suggestions along with details on the use of drugs and natural supplements to help optimize the behavior services offered in practice. To add to these features, the third edition is now fully referenced, there is significant new content, the book as been writtenwith the entire hospital team in mind, and many color images have been added. The new edition welcomes a wide international mix of new contributors from Australia, Spain, Mexico and the United States. A website link gives access to the handouts and forms previously found on disk.

As well as fulfilling its original purpose as a practical tool for the busy clinician, this edition offers valuable and useful support material for all those studying the field of companion animal behavior. Now in full color and using a revised format, Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat remains the most complete, up-to-date and practical resource for the treating and diagnosing canine and feline behavior problems.

  • Many hot new topics covered including stress and its effects on health and behavior, and pain assessment and management.
  • Three chapters are added, dealing with canine and feline communication, how to distinguish behavioral versus medical problems, and how to deal with fear and aggression in the clinic.
  • Now thoroughly referenced to the scientific literature.
  • Includes updates on drugs and natural therapeutics.
  • Pain assessment charts now included.
  • All-new color format offers extra illustrations throughout.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This update of Handbook of Behaviour Problems of the Dog and Cat, 2nd edition (Elsevier, 2003), by the same authors, includes additional authors and expanded topic coverage, such as managing pets in the veterinary setting and creating a positive patient-friendly hospital experience.
Purpose: The intent is to provide veterinary practitioners with a resource to guide them in addressing pet behavior problems and behavior-related owner concerns.
Audience: Although designed specifically for small animal veterinarians in general practice, the book is also suitable as a foundation text for veterinarians and veterinary students who wish to pursue advanced training and practice in small animal behavior. The authors are all veterinarians with extensive practice experience in clinical animal behavior.
Features: This book outlines the "whole hospital" approach to pet behavior and details bringing in all hospital staff members in providing for the behavioral health of small animal patients. The authors include excellent summaries of basic behavior concepts and procedures as a foundation for appropriately addressing behavior problems. Preventive care techniques are also emphasized. The formatting of this book divides content into smaller sections of information, which promotes ease of access and results in a book that is extremely readable in addition to having reference value. It has been very well thought out in regard to providing support for practitioners, including such immensely helpful features as Appendix C of behavior-related hand-outs and online-accessible printable drug dosage tables. Although the book generally comprehensively covers behavior subjects, some bias is evident in the discussion of, for example, the use of electronic collars, which are portrayed as painful shock-delivering devices despite their reported successful (and more appropriate) use otherwise. Also, although it promotes the team approach to managing canine and feline behaviors, the book defines the team narrowly as veterinary hospital employees and pet owners, with apparent reluctance to address the role of trainers or other nonveterinary professionals who become involved in pet behavior issues on an individual and community basis, sustaining the unfortunate dichotomy between veterinarians and other professionals with whom meaningful partnerships would advance the interests of all those serving pets and their families.
Assessment: This highly readable and extremely practical book is a must-have addition to the small animal practice library. Thorough and well organized, the book clearly and carefully guides general practitioners through all facets of clinical small animal behavior.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702043352
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,477,484
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About the authors
1 Behavior counseling and the veterinary practitioner 1
2 Puppy and kitten development 15
3 Prevention: the best medicine 27
4 Behavior counseling and behavioral diagnostics 73
5 Treatment: behavior modification techniques 91
6 Pharmacological intervention in behavioral therapy 117
7 Complementary and alternative therapy for behavior problems 153
8 Feeding and diet-related problems 167
9 Pain assessment, pain management, sedation, and anesthesia 183
10 Stereotypic and compulsive disorders 195
11 Fears and phobias 227
12 The effects of aging on behavior in senior pets 269
13 Unruly behaviors, training, and management - dogs 305
14 Unruly behaviors, training, and management - cats 323
15 Canine destructive behaviors 331
16 Feline destructive behaviors 341
17 Canine housesoiling 349
18 Feline housesoiling 365
19 Canine aggression 385
20 Feline aggression 427
21 The European approach to behavior counseling 455
Appendices 483
Index 537
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