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Separation Anxiety - A Differential Diagnosis for House Soiling

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    March 26, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

    House soiling (urination and/or defecation outside of the litter box) is a common problem reported by cat owners. Determining the cause for this behavior requires a systematic approach which includes obtaining a detailed history as well as performing a physical examination and laboratory tests to rule out a medical cause.

    In this Pet Health Pearls segment veterinary behavior expert Dr. Christine Calder discusses the case of "Spiderman" - a 10 year old cat - who started to house soil (defecate on his owner's bed). Dr. Calder shares her approach to addressing the problem of house soiling in cats including:

    - Differential diagnoses to consider including behavioral causes
    - Separation anxiety as a cause for house soiling in cats including other clinical signs that support the diagnosis, and treatments (drugs, training, and enrichment)

    Running time: 28 mins

    Earn 0.5 hrs *CE credit: $20
    Non-CE credit: $2.99

    *Approved for CE credit for veterinarians and technicians by the AAVSB RACE program, NY State and the NJVMA. The method of delivery is online and non-interactive.
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