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Home alone: the diagnosis and treatment of canine separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is a prevalent problem, affecting 14-29% of all dogs. Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit signs of anxiety, fear, or panic, including excessive vocalisation, destruction, and house soiling. This typically occurs when the dog doesn’t have physical access (when the dog’s owners are out of the house) but it can also occur when the owners are home but the dog cannot reach them. Separation anxiety is a serious behavioural issue, adversely affecting the quality of life of the dog and his owners. It is frequently mis- or under diagnosed making it a huge canine welfare concern.
Scary sounds: the diagnosis and treatment of canine noise phobias
Firework season is approaching fast. Are you inundated with questions from clients with dogs who are terrified of the sound of fireworks being let off?
Year in, year out veterinarians are overwhelmed by questions from frantic dog owners as to what to do with their overly anxious pets. Vets are also overwhelmed by the array of different techniques and products that can supposedly help to ameliorate this condition.
During this webinar, Behaviour Vet, Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy will guide veterinarians as to how they can diagnose and treat patients suffering from this condition. Correct diagnosis is essential as not all dogs are as scared as they may seem to be at first glance and those that appear “ok” may not be. However, dogs that are truly affected by this condition are stressed and their welfare is compromised. They must be treated to safeguard their wellbeing. Furthermore, dogs suffering from a noise phobia may also be affected by other anxiety disorders. Correct and complete work up of these cases is crucial and will be discussed in detail during the webinar. The neurobiological basis behind the condition and prevention strategies will also be discussed. Although emphasis will be on fireworks in particular, storm phobias and reactivity to other sounds will be mentioned.
Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy is an Irish veterinarian (graduated 2003) who has worked as a veterinarian in mixed practice in Wales, for several animal welfare organisations including FVE in Brussels, for a local horse racing track (flat racers) and a companion animal clinic in Mumbai, India. In 2006 she attained a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science (Ghent University, Belgium) and in 2010 a Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK). After almost 4 years at the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UtrechtUniversity in the Netherlands working as a veterinarian, researcher and lecturer, Valerie recently set up her own veterinary behavioural medicine and animal welfare consultancy, Animalytics in the Netherlands.
The role of methylxanthines (eg propentofylline) in elderly dogs
Michael Davies will discuss The role of methylxanthines (eg propentofylline) in elderly dogs
A Practical Protocol for Behavior Change Using Applied Behavior Analysis
This webinar will cover the basics of applied behavior analysis and how these principles can be applied in clinical veterinary practice to client-owned birds to modify problem behavior.
Dr. Hess is one of approximately 150 avian specialists in the world board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. After graduating from Yale, she received her veterinary degree from Tufts. She completed an internship and residency in avian/exotic medicine at the Animal Medical Center in NYC where she became head of the Avian & Exotic Pet Service. She then practiced exotic pet medicine in several private hospitals until 2010, when she opened the only all-exotic animal hospital in the NY area, the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics (www.avianexoticsvet.com), in Bedford Hills, NY. The Center is the only American Animal Hospital Association accredited bird & exotic specialty practice in NY and only one of 4 in the world.
From 2009-2010, Dr. Hess was President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). She is currently AAV treasurer and Chairperson for the AAV Social Media Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. She lectures nationally and internationally about exotics and has published numerous articles and chapters on exotic species. She is a senior editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and a guest editor of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, Veterinary Clinics of North America, and Exotic DVM Magazine. She appears as a guest expert on TV and radio regularly worldwide, including on Animal Planet’s exotic pet series, “Little Pets 101.” She also discusses exotic pets on her show, “Bird’s Eye View,” on www.petliferadio.com. She lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband, 2 children, 4 birds, and 4 cats.
Behavioural medicine in everyday practice – how not to get scratched or bitten
This webinar focuses on helping vets improve their knowledge of behavioural medicine and how the recognition of cats and dogs emotions can help in everyday practice.
The prevention of behaviour problems is one of Justyna’s main interests. In the webinar she talks about the importance of puppy and kitten checks, puppy parties and first vaccinations on the socialisation of these young animals and also in client education.
The webinar also covers how to ensure a stress-free consultation and how to manage frightened or aggressive animals in the consultation room.
There are also a number of short videos including:
- Handling kittens and cats in consultation
- How to inject and tablet cats without restraint
- Handling dogs for injections.
Justyna graduated from Agricultural University in Warsaw in 2001. In 2006 she moved the UK and in 2010 joined the veterinary team at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in Leeds. Justyna graduated from the University of Southampton with a Post-graduate Diploma in Small Animal Behavioural Counselling in June 2012 and is currently a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
The Science of Happiness
While a vast body of research has been dedicated to understanding problems and disorders of mental health, until recently, little was known about how individuals and societies thrive and flourish and how this new knowledge can be applied to foster happiness, mental health and fulfilment. Genetic differences account for around half of the variance in the level of mental wellbeing between individuals, and differences in life circumstances – health, income, personal and work environment etc – account for around ten percent of the variance. Intentional activities – the behavioural, cognitive and motivational choices we make – account for the remaining forty percent of the variance. This means that we should each accept some of personal responsibility for our mental wellbeing, recognising that that wellbeing is in part an active process, and not just determined by our makeup and our circumstances. So what can we do? There is robust scientific evidence to indicate several intentional activities can lead to sustained and significant enhancement of mental wellbeing. Making an effort to increase the extent to which they are part of our daily lives has potential to temper some of the challenges and pressures facing veterinary professionals.
DAVID BARTRAM graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1988. After three years in mixed, mainly large animal practice, he moved into the pharmaceutical industry where he has worked, in both human and animal health sectors, for the past twenty years.
David was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Diploma of Fellowship by Thesis and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Southampton for his research into the mental health and well-being of the UK veterinary profession. He has postgraduate qualifications in both marketing and finance and is a de facto diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. David is a director of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund with responsibility for the Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme.
Many of the behaviours exhibited by dogs which are considered to be problematic are often misunderstood and unwittingly reinforced by their owners.
Here we take a general look at a number of these behaviours and consider what might influence a dog to perform them and what influences the ensuing perceptions and reactions of owners.
Let’s take a fresh look at dog behaviour and consider that many owners may be under the influence of a number of misconceptions developed through exposure to mainstream media, literature and of course the fact that everyone and their uncle has an opinion on a dog’s behaviour.
Pat’s first passion has always been animals and most specifically dogs. In 1999 I volunteered for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and after a few months when a position for a Rehabilitation Assistant became available I successfully applied which started my professional career with dogs. I worked for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for approx. 10 years during which time I achieved the position of Head of Behaviour. In this position I was responsible for the development and management of a team of 18 Behaviourists.
In November of 2011 Pat started up his own business, PAT’S PAWS, which provides dog training and walking services. During his career Pat has gained a certificate in Canine Behaviour and had on going professional training including:
- Canine Behaviour & Training
- Handling & Training Techniques
- Canine Aggression
- Predatory Chase Aggression
- Working Trials
- Canine Welfare & Rehabilitation
- Professional Dog Behaviour Counselling
Pat is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour.
Feline aggression can be a problem for pet owners in single or multi-cat households. In this webinar, Caroline explains why it happens and what can be done about it.