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Compulsive and Repetitive Behaviors in Companion Animals

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    February 2, 2021 10:36 AM EST

    Compulsive and repetitive behaviors in companion animals are rooted in normal maintenance behaviors such as grooming, eating, or walking but performed out of context in an exaggerated, repetitive, or ritualistic manner.

    Examples include pica (ingestion of non-edible items such as dirt, rocks, sticks, cloth, etc.), tail chasing, fence running, shadow or light chasing, and self-mutilation.

    In this case-based learning segment Dr. Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB discusses the case of "Idjit" - a food-obsessed cat - to illustrate an approach to working up animals with an abnormal, compulsive ingestive behavior and pica.

    Discussion in this webinar includes:

    • Medical and behavioral differential diagnoses for compulsive behaviors
    • Management strategies and considerations
    • Indications for psychopharmaceuticals
    • The "Specialist's Spin" on this topic 
         Running time: 28 mins

    Fee: View Only (non-CE credit):  $2.99
    View & Earn 0.5 hr CE credit: $28