Hi colleagues- I hope everyone is safe and healthy and ready to get back to “nonessential” practice – whatever that means. I have presented a Zoom webinar intended to help veterinarians manage the coming spike in canine separation behaviors following the return to work outside of home. Here is the link to the recording. I…

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Treat the Cause Dogs who whine, pace, bark at the windows, and jump on their owners during car rides cause significant distress and potential safety issues. Our clients want that behavior to end. It’s our job to determine the cause first so we can advise them on the right treatment. Tranquilizers like acepromazine won’t cut…

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Anxious, reactive pets need serious help. Research-based behavior modifications are essential in nearly every case but a prefrontal cortex that’s overwhelmed by excitatory neurotransmitters just can’t learn healthy behaviors. It’s our job to make that possible. Pharmaceuticals are generally necessary for severe disorders but neutraceuticals, herbs, or supplements can be effective in some cases. Clients…

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NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #35 Jeff Nichol, DVM 9.4.18 Doing it Right at the Right Time I’ve always relished opportunities to advise new puppy owners or even better, those who seek counsel prior to adopting a canine youngster. By sharing research-based information on effective early socialization we are doing an even greater service than…

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There are lots of remedies for this phobia. Beyond recommending drowning out the noise with fans and music, pheromones (Adaptil), and food toys to promote foraging, I urge you to dispense Sileo gel (dexmedetomidine). I have a whole lot of happy pet parents who have reduced their dogs’ fear of loud noises with this quick…

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I welcome opportunities to answer behavior questions from my colleagues. Here is a recent one that you may find helpful in your practice.   Question: I have a 12-year old neutered golden retriever cross.  He lost his [canine] house mate a few months back and had become more anxious.  Then, the owners moved.  Things got…

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4.23.18 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #32   Hi colleagues- Lots of pet owners bring their dogs for nail trims because it has become such an odious chore at home. Their dogs struggle and may try to bite. Restraint for this in the veterinary hospital can get the job done but for a price. Having learned…

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1.3.18 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #30   Hi colleagues- Here is the story of a cat who was sweet at home but scared to the point of serious reactive aggression in the veterinary clinic. I hope you find it helpful. All the best, Jeff   This is the story of Sherman, a cat who learned…

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NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #31 Hi colleagues- The veterinary behavior community has been hearing a lot public buzz about CBD oil as a treatment for anxiety, particularly in dogs. Reliable research into its purported benefits, proper dosing, or its possible risks appears to be nonexistent. Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from hemp and contains only miniscule…

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Make it Simple & Easy for Everybody Dormosedan: Owner-administered oral transmucosal (OTM) sedation There are a few dogs who will bite anybody, including their owners. But the great majority of those who direct their aggression toward the veterinary clinic staff are frightened and defensive/reactive. They would readily bite us but they are fine with their…

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#28 Fireworks Fear – Comfort Scared Pets with Good Management Jeff Nichol, DVM Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe I invite you to peruse and use any of the information from this and past nmvetlist missives. You will find the entire archive on the For Veterinarians page of my…

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#27 Gabapentin-The Underappreciated Anxiolytic I invite you to peruse and use any of the information from this and past nmvetlist missives. You will find the entire archive on the For Veterinarians page of my website, drjeffnichol.com/ Historically, gabapentin has been valuable for neuropathic pain and as an adjunct in many other analgesia protocols. It can…

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5-3-17 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #26 Canine Separation Anxiety I invite you to peruse and use any of the information from this and past nmvetlist missives. You will find the entire archive on the For Veterinarians page of my website, drjeffnichol.com/ Jeff, I have a patient, Noah, who is an 8yr neutered toy poodle.…

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Jeff, or anyone, I’m looking for suggestions. It’s the perfect combination: Clients who divide their time between New Mexico & Alaska, and a Border Collie who thinks too much. Zylkene for a week before the flight and 2mg alprazolam (~45 lb. dog) on the morning of, hasn’t had much effect. He’s miserable & destroys the…

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3.6.17 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #24 Infectious Disease in Puppy Socialization Classes When it comes to exposing puppies to others of their ilk there’s a bit of angst and downright fear in pet parent land. Here is a bit of research that should help un-muddy the waters. Behavior problems are much more than an…

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10.13.16 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #22 Highly Stressed Hospitalized Patients Jeff Nichol, DVM Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Highly Stressed Hospitalized Patients Pets in our hospitals can experience such intense and unrelenting fear that they may fail to eat, eliminate, or recover. There are no treatments that make…

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1.21.17 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #21 A case of aggression between familiar dogs Jeff Nichol, DVM Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe A case of aggression between familiar dogs Dear colleagues- The following is a question from a colleague that may be valuable to others because it involves a…

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1.28.16 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #20 Cat with Owner-Directed Aggression Jeff Nichol, DVM Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Cat with Owner-Directed Aggression This is a question I received from one of our colleagues. Aggression is a pretty common, and a potentially dangerous, behavior complaint from cat owners. This…

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NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #19 Jeff Nichol, DVM Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Balloon phobia: avoidance, trazodone, & Sileo There are dogs who are mildly nervous during the Balloon Fiesta and others who are so overwhelmed with panic that they scan the sky from the doorway. Similar…

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NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #18 June 9, 2016 Jeff Nichol, DVM – Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Setting Scared Pets Up for Success in the Veterinary Clinic Pet owners just hate it when their beloved dog or cat freaks out at the veterinary clinic. We can see…

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Vetlist Tip #17 Hi Dr. Nichol, I was wondering if you have a handout or general advice regarding barrier anxiety? I have a 2 year of pittbull cross dog that gets very excited, vocal and anxious when he hears dogs on the other side of the door of the owners house or in the exam…

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NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #16 February 27, 2016 Jeff Nichol, DVM – Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Pre Exam Sedation/Anxiolysis for Fear-Aggressive Pets Some entrenched problems are that clinics and people vary in terms of their ability to understand and handle difficult patients, and that for lifelong…

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NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #14  Jeff Nichol, DVM – Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Pain-related aggression During my behavior residency it was drummed into my head that medical differentials come first. A review of the patient’s medical history, current lab results, and physical exam findings are essential…

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11-30-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #13  Jeff Nichol, DVM – Veterinary Behavior Medicine Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Urinary Incontinence & Soiling I’m currently engaged in gathering information from owners of dogs afflicted with urethral sphincter hypotonus. Often called spay incontinence, it’s a problem all general practitioners encounter. These cases…

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I have just adopted a Belgian Malinois approximately 1 year old from the animal shelter. We have only had her two days, but she is getting progressively destructive trying to get into the house when we put her in the yard.  She was only at the shelter about one week, and I spayed her on…

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What do you recommend for repeat rock eaters? Gastrotomy number 3 today: Hi Zoe- This poor dog and his owners really do need a solution. Avoidance methods like a basket muzzle or blocking access to rocks make sense but it may be possible to identify and treat the underlying cause. While behavioral etiologies are responsible…

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6-18-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #11  Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Behavior Management of Feline Lower Urinary Disease Hills c/d Multicare Feline Urinary Stress & Feliway Multi Cat can help Treat FIC Cats with clinical signs of bladder disease have a…

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6-4-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #9 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Dogs with Severe Aggression in the Veterinary Clinic There are dogs so intensely reactive that no amount of low-stress handling will help. You can rally the troops for a high-risk/high-stress…

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5-21-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #8 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Frightened/Aggressive Dogs in the Veterinary Clinic Dogs who react with aggression require time and energy. Their owners have presented them for an important medical service. It is our job to…

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4-30-15 NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #7 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Kitten with human-directed aggression Hi Jeff- Saw a young kitten, about 12 weeks, this morning and the owner complained that at times it gets aggressive, with dilated pupils, rushing and…

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4-16-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #6  Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Dogs rolling in dead creatures and other smelly stuff Question from a colleague: Hi Jeff, Everyone in this office wants to know why dogs roll in dead gophers and other decaying proteins.…

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4-2-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #5 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Coprophagia There are multiple causes for this disgusting habit, one of which is that, for some dogs, it’s actually considered normal. Here is the list of rule-outs. Taste/texture preference (believe it or…

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3-19-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #4 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Feline Psychogenic Alopecia – the rest of the story Most over-grooming cats suffer from dermatologic etiologies but about 24% of them are significantly anxious. Crowded in a multi-cat household or frightened by…

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3-5-15 NMVMA listserve Tip #3 Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Feline psychogenic alopecia (over-grooming), has long been linked to hyperesthesia syndrome. Rippling of the skin or sudden intense licking can be comorbid with behavioral problems like house soiling, spraying, or sparring with…

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2.19.15 NMVMA listserve Behavior Tip #2 Hi colleagues- Here is a brief description of an often overlooked physical cause of licking and ingestive behaviors of dogs. I hope you find it helpful. All the best, Jeff Nichol, DVM Behavior resident in private practice training Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centers Albuquerque and Santa Fe Behavioral Signs…

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NMVMA listserve Veterinary Behavior Tip #1 2.5.15 Hello colleagues- Below is some brief information on behavior medicine that you may find helpful. I am interested in comments, pro or con, on whether our listserve members would like to receive a behavior update like this from time to time. Please send feedback. Thanks, Jeff Nichol, DVM…

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