Canine behaviour

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Dogs, unlike asocial cats, are a pack animal and human companions provide a safe haven for security, food provision and bonding[1].

- Separation anxiety
- Flank or wool sucking
- Tail chasing
  • Diseases which cause abnormal behavior
- Pseudopregnancy - nesting behavior
- Polyphagia - abnormal appetite
- Psychogenic polydipsia - compulsive drinking
- Diabetes insipidus - compulsive drinking
- Polycythemia vera[2] - pica
- Anemia - pica
- Acral lick dermatitis - compulsive licking
- Acral mutilation syndrome - neuropathy and self-mutilation
- Hypothyroidism - compulsive eating
- Portosystemic shunt - pica associated with hepatopathy
- lymphocytic leukemia[3] - pica
- Seizures - stereotypy
- Rabies - stereotypy

References

  1. Gácsi M et al (2013) Human analogue safe haven effect of the owner: behavioural and heart rate response to stressful social stimuli in dogs. PLoS One 8(3):e58475
  2. Bass MC & Schultze AE (1998) Essential thrombocythemia in a dog: case report and literature review. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 34(3):197-203
  3. Harvey JW et al (1981) Well-differentiated lymphocytic leukemia in a dog: long-term survival without therapy. Vet Pathol 18(1):37-47