Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat / Edition 2

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This best-selling, practical book on behavior therapy offers easily-accessible information in a user-friendly approach. With this essential handbook, veterinarians don't need to be behavior specialists to provide optimum care for clients with behavior problems. The 2nd edition provides at-a-glance solutions to common behavior problems, offering updated information on preventive and basic counseling advice, as well as new material on the link between genetics and behavior. All treatment protocols have been drawn from and text and compiled into a convenient appendix in the back of the book. Staff responsibilities and the team approach to behavior counseling are also discussed.

• The behavior book of choice for busy veterinarians, offering the best course of treatment for behavior problems.
• Easily-accessible treatment tables provide at-a-glance solutions to common behavior problems.
• Background information shows how problems arise and how they can be prevented.
• Useful appendix on drug information and dosages makes effective prescribing easy.
• Guides the reader through the diagnostic process.
• Provides a clear understanding of behavior modification techniques as well as the use of products, drugs, pheromones, surgery, diet and alternative therapies.
• Explores the rapidly growing and advancing field of behavioral geriatrics including new therapeutic approaches for cognitive decline.
• Treatment protocols are provided in a separate appendix and are referred to throughout the text discussions where relevant.

• Discussion of genetics and behavior helps readers understand possible links.
• Expanded information on preventive and basic counseling advice.
• Added chapter on staff responsibilities and the team approach to behavior counseling.
• A new section addresses pain assessment and management in the home and hospital.
• The economic impact of behavior services in veterinary practice is discussed.
• An accompanying CD-ROM features forms and handouts that can be printed for use with clients. Forms and handouts aid in pet selection, puppy and kitten counseling, and training.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...The text is clearly written and is full of useful tables and case studies which help the reader to absorb the information conveyed in the text. A useful appendix lists all the drugs mentioned, and their uses and dosages." Veterinary Record, July 19, 1997

"The Handbook of Behaviour Problems of the Dog and Cat ...can help you incorporate behaviour services in your practice." Veterinary Economics, November 1997.

"Following the three chapters on counselling, chapter 4 is devoted to drugs used in behavioural therapy and comprises some 14 pages. This, together with the appendix, I found invaluable. After reading the book I began to use many more drugs for behavioural modification... This book will be of value for both the novice behavioural practitioner and also those with more experience wanting further insight into specific presented problems." Trevor Turner, Veterinary Times, January 1998

"Recent estimates indicate that veterinarians now spend about 20% of their time dealing with behaviour problems... This handbook is easy to read. It is set out clearly and the chapters cover the common behaviour problems seen in general companion animal practice. The book gives common-sense advice. .....the book will be a valuable resource for small animal veterinary practices to include in the behaviour section of the library." K Seksel, Australian Veterinary Journal, December 1997

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702027109
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/24/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Behaviour counseling and the veterinary practitioner
2. Puppy and kitten development
3. Prevention: the best medicine
4. Behaviour counseling and behavior diagnostics
5. Treatment: behavior modification techniques
6. Phamacologic intervention in behavioural therapy
7. Complementary and alternative therapy for behavior problems
8. Feeding and diet related problems
9. Pain assessment, pain management, sedation and anesthesia
10. Stereotypic and compulsive disorders
11. Fears and phobias
12. The effects of aging on behavior in senior pets
13. Unruly behaviors, training and management - dogs
14. Unruly behaviors, training and management - cats
15. Canine destructive behaviors
16. Feline destructive behaviors
17. Canine house-soiling
18. Feline house-soiling
19. Canine aggression
20. Feline aggression
21. The European approach to behavior counseling
Appendix A (tables listing where figures appear in text)
Appendix B (manufacturers and resource list)
Appendix C (handouts and forms)
Appendix D (dosage table)

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