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Other Disorders

Below are articles on various web sites that deal with general issues or information on multiple disorders.

On Our Site…

Compulsive Behavior in Dogs – Article from Dr. Moon-Fanelli’s presentation at the Tufts Expo.

Internet Resources

Links below were last validated 04.30.04 – please contact us if you encounter a broken or changed link.

General Information

Anesthesia in Minis
Anesthesia may possibly trigger/affect behavior disorders. Article by Donley Chorn on MBTCA site, excerpted from A LITTLE BULL Spring 2002 issue.

Canine Self-mutilation
Petplace.com article by Dr. Michelle Posage, which discusses causes of self-mutilation resulting from tail biting, acral lick dermatitis, and flank sucking.

Compulsive Behavior in Companion Animals
International Veterinary Information Service article.

Compulsive, Stereotypic and Displacement Disorders in Dogs and Cats
Discussion of a variety of disorders in cats and dogs including spinning, flank sucking and acral lick dermatitis.

Efficacy of clomipramine in the treatment of canine compulsive disorder
Study done in late 1990s using clomipramine on 51 test subjects with CCD behavior.

Genetic Diseases of Bull Terriers – Behavioral Abnormalities
Basic information on three major behavioral problems known to Bull Terriers, at the BullTerrier.com site.

Medicating Misbehavior in Dogs
Originally appeared in the October, 1997, issue of Your Dog newsletter from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Obsessive-compulsive disorders and Stereotypies
Short article on CCD from a UK pet site, by behaviorist Donna Brander.

Self directed traumatic disorders in dogs and cats
Article that includes discussion of tail-chasing by Gary Landsberg, DVM, DipACVB, Lowell Ackerman, DVM, Ph.D., DipACVD, Excerpted from Lecture notes from continuing education seminar, Mesa Arizona, 2000.

Tail Chasing, Shadow Chasing, and Fly Chasing
Original source for this is the manual “Canine and Feline Behavior Problems” written by Stefanie Schwartz, DMV, MSc.

Unhealthy Obsessions
Vetcentric.com article on compulsive behavior in pets, including spinning and light-chasing.

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Acral Lick Dermatitis

Articles on acral lick dermatitis and acral lick granulomas, conditions sometimes caused caused by compulsive behavior.

Acral Lick Dermatitis
From the site of Animal Dermatology Specialty Clinic in Marina Del Ray, CA

Acral Lick Dermatitis (ALD)
Another article from the Applied Ethology site.

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Epilepsy

Information on canine epilepsy.

Canine Epilepsy Resource Center
This is the Web Site of the Epil-K9 group. Some of the resources are restricted to group members but there are also a number of very informative articles, available to everyone.

Epilepsy
Article on IVIS site by M. Berendt, Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Department of Clinical Studies, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Light-Chasing, Shadow-Chasing, and Fly-Snapping

See also the general links above for more information on light-chasing. Fly-biting or fly-snapping are terms used to describe peculiar episodes where the dog appears to be snapping at imaginary flies.

Chasing Flashlights for Exercise
From the JRTCA Question and Answer Forum. Warns against this practice as it is associated with compulsive behavior.

Fly-biting
Article at canine-epilepsy.net by Dennis O’Brien, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACVIM, Specialty of Neurology

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Pica

Pica is the compulsive ingestion of non-nutritive, inappropriate objects.

Crazy Cuisine: Eating Disorders of Dogs
Vetcentric.com article on Pica, the ingestion of these non-nutritive, inappropriate objects, which in some cases is a CCD behavior.

Pica (Depraved Appetite)
Article on Foster & Smith’s peteducation.com site by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM

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