Pet Behavioral Medicine, Volume II

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Veterinary Clinical Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 173

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Veterinary Services Specialist, Ceva Animal Health, Lenexa, KS, USA
Interests: feline house soiling; abnormal repetitive behaviors; behavior and welfare of swine; exotic pets and captive wildlife (including zoo animals)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to the success of the first Special Issue on Pet Behavior Medicine, a second Special Issue is being developed. Unwanted or unacceptable behavior continues to be an important cause for the relinquishment of pets to animal shelters and problem behaviors can quickly damage the bond between the most devoted animal lovers and their pet. Increasingly, some people look upon these problems as correctable and the term rehabilitation is used more and more often when speaking of animals with problem behaviors. However, we still know very little about the etiology of different pet behavior problems and even less regarding the efficacy of varying interventions used for trying to correct them. We know even less about approaches for preventing these common problems.

Can behavior problems be prevented? Are these problems rooted in neurochemical pathology or solely the fault of poor environments and poor rearing practices? It is most likely a combination of both but without rigorous, data-based research, the answers will continue to elude us and animals and pet owners will continue to suffer.

This Special Issue welcomes submissions including reviews and original research studies on all aspects of pet behavior medicine. We welcome research aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the possible causes, mechanisms, preventive strategies or treatment methodologies for these conditions in all pet species.

Dr. Valarie V. Tynes
Guest Editor

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  • canine behavior
  • feline behavior
  • anxiety
  • aggression
  • house soiling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: New advances in ADHD-like in dogs
Author: González-Martínez
Highlights: The pathophysiology of ADHD-like is associated with the dysregulation of various neurotransmitters. Regarding the diagnosis of ADHD-like disorders, some validated questionnaires could be helpful. The use of drugs, such as fluoxetine, in addition to adequate environmental enrichment, relaxation protocols, and behavior modification, can achieve an adequate quality of life for both dogs and caregivers.

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