For veterinarians

#36 – Natural/Alternative Behavioral Therapies

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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#35 – Puppy Socialization

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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#34 – Fireworks Freak-Out

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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#33 – Canine Separation Anxiety

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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#32 – Fractious Nail Trims

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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#30 – Feline Fear & Loathing in the Veterinary Clinic

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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#31 – CBD Oil for Canine Anxiety

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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#29 – Fear Aggressive Dogs in the Veterinary Clinic

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

#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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