Current Issues and Research in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine: Papers Presented at the 5th International Veterinary Behavior Meeting


This volume illustrates the diversity of ongoing research in the field of veterinary behavioral medicine and includes the current findings of scientists, veterinarians, and practitioners. The materials included provide additions to the growing knowledge base, refine or confirm current opinions, provide avenues for further research, and increase the appreciation and understanding of the different approaches used internationally within the discipline.
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This volume illustrates the diversity of ongoing research in the field of veterinary behavioral medicine and includes the current findings of scientists, veterinarians, and practitioners. The materials included provide additions to the growing knowledge base, refine or confirm current opinions, provide avenues for further research, and increase the appreciation and understanding of the different approaches used internationally within the discipline.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557534095
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

The introduction of a female tiger (Panthera tigris) in a pre-established group of two neutered males : a case study 1
Treatment of generalized anxiety in a cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) 6
Using multiple correspondence analysis to define groups of dogs (Canis familiaris) at risk for aggressive behaviour 8
High prevalence of feline aggression cases targeted towards people in Japan 14
Evaluation of immunological, stress and behavioural parameters in dogs (Canis familiaris) with anxiety-related disorders 18
The influence of the experimenter's expectancy in the results of the assessment of appeasing pheromones in stress of police dogs (Canis familiaris) during training 23
The control of puppy (Canis familiaris) disturbance of owners at night 27
The use of the DAP collar to reduce stress during training of police dogs (Canis familiaris) : a preliminary study 31
Rearing environment and behavioral development of psittacine birds 35
Comparison of 24 cases of canine fear-related aggression with structured, clinician-initiated follow-up and 42 cases with unstructured client-initiated follow-up 42
Objective measurement of fear-associated learning in dogs (Canis familiaris) 48
Canine aggression : a survey in Northern Italy 52
A comparison of cases referred to behaviorists in three different countries 56
Canine behaviour type index 63
Canine cognitive dysfunction : prevalence, clinical signs and treatment with a nutraceutical 66
Nutritional supplementation in cases of canine cognitive dysfunction : results of a clinical trial 73
Comparison of the behaviour of three groups of chickens (Gallus domesticus) during their growth : preliminary results 78
Influence of appropriate water supply for Peking ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) on behavior during common fattening period 82
Development of grazing posture preference in foals (0-1 Yr) and their dams and its relation to other asymmetrical behaviours 85
The effect of handling and environmental enrichment on the exploratory and alert behaviours and reactivity level of foals (Equus caballus) 88
A search for temperament-associated genetic polymorphisms in horses 92
Aggression in wolves (Canis lupus) : ambivalent behaviour as a model for comparable behaviour in dogs (Canis familiaris) 98
Correlations between individual specificities of piglets (Sus scrofa) and behavioural patterns involved in cannibalism during growing-finishing period 102
Breed-specific profiles of canine (Canis familiaris) behavior 107
Measuring personality adjectives to measure personality in dogs (Canis familiaris) : report on a pilot study 114
Interest in the use of a new galenic form of the feline allomarking pheromone (F4) analog (felifriend) during medical examination 119
Cat (Felis sylvestris) separation anxiety in an experimental situation 123
The effect of hypothyroid function on canine behavior 131
Stress symptoms caused by the use of electric training collars on dogs (Canis familiaris) in everyday life situations 139
Stress in avalanche and rescue dogs (Canis familiaris) during search work 146
Lactium : a new anxiolytic product from milk 150
Assessing prolactinaemia in anxious dogs (Canis familiaris) : interest in diagnostic value and use in the selection of the most appropriate psychotropic drug 155
A retrospective analysis of relationships with severity of signs of fear of fireworks and treatment outcome in 99 cases 161
Use of a cape (the storm defender) in the treatment of canine (Canis familiaris) thunderstorm phobia 165
Trends in canine and feline behavioral diagnoses : 1991-2001 168
The effect of an additional programme of socialisation for kittens (Felis sylvestris) in a rescue centre on behaviour and suitability as a pet after re-homing 173
Evaluation of a behavioral assessment questionnaire in animal shelters 179
Behavioural testing for dog (Canis familiaris) behaviour and owners' management in urban contexts : a preliminary study 181
Grief following death of a companion animal 184
Comprehension, compliance, outcome and satisfaction : a retrospective survey of 49 clients with dogs (Canis familiaris) treated for behavior problems 189
Effect of telephone follow-up on client compliance in the treatment of canine aggression 192
Are we dog's best friend? : predicting canine cortisol response from human affiliative and punitive behaviors 194
Effect of fluoxetine hydrochloride in treating canine compulsive disorder 198
The effects of queen (Felis sylvestris)-rearing versus hand-rearing on feline aggression and other problematic behaviors 201
Separation anxiety : a summary of some of the characteristics of 61 cases seen at a Sydney, Australia behaviour practice 203
Classical counter-conditioning as a treatment modality for dogs (Canis familiaris) showing aggression toward other dogs on walks 207
The treatment of fear of fireworks in dogs (Canis familiaris) : a prospective study 211
The effect of emotional content of verbal commands on the response of dogs (Canis familiaris) 217
Hereditary fear, panic, and anxiety in dogs (Canis familiaris) 221
Evaluation of DAP's effect on reduction of anxiety in puppies (Canis familiaris) as well as its usefulness in improving learning and socialization 225
Plant eating in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) : characterization and relationship to signalment, illness, and behavior problems 230
Inappropriate use of pain as punishment in canine aggression toward household members 232
The prevention of separation-related behaviour problems in dogs re-homed from rescue centres 236
Factors influencing stereotypical behaviour patterns in horses : a review of 52 clinical cases 239
Pseudopregnancy in the bitch : an epidemiological study 243
Ethogram of horses experiencing a standardized handling test with a special interest to objective assessment of fearful reactions 246
Aggression in dogs : analysis of 761 cases 251
The tragedy of a quick-fix approach to canine behaviour problems : a New Zealand perspective 255
Influence of a putative appeasing pheromone on behaviour of broilers : a tool for a better understanding of behaviour - preliminary results 257
A comparison of canine behavior in pre-adoptive and post-adoptive homes 262
Perception of veterinarians and dog professionals about behavioural characteristics of pure-bred dogs (Canis familiaris) in Italy : comparison with the U.S. and UK 264
Combined use of selegiline and behaviour modifications in the treatment of cases in which fear and phobias are involved : a review of four cases 267
Use of a synthetic analogue of a dog-appeasing pheromone in sheltered dogs after adoption 270
Plasma dopamine neurophysiological correlates in anxious dogs 274
Evaluation of the owner's influence on dogs' behavioural and physiological reactions during the clinical examination 277
Aggression : an analysis of the frequency of forms seen in an Australian behaviour practice and their interrelationships with other relevant factors 280
Behavioral description of cannibalism in fattening pig production 283
Clicker training with cats 286
Observations on communication signals between cats 288
Flexible reward : help or hindrance when training horses (Equus caballus)? 291
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