At Your Service: Behavior

The Members of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic

Dr. Nicholas Dodman
Dr. Nicholas Dodman

Dr. Nicholas Dodman

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman heads the Animal Behavior section. In addition to lecturing and conducting research, he oversees behavior cases and directs the Vetfax service.

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Clinical Case Challenge

Anxious Greyhound

Greyhound with Anxiety

An 8-year-old neutered male Greyhound was evaluated at the Tufts Animal Behavior Service for intermittent episodes of extreme anxiety. The first anxiety attack occurred in late October of 2008 and lasted for 3 days. Physical examination, CBC and serum biochemistry analysis performed by the referring veterinarian were within reference limits.

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Current Research on Canine Compulsive Behavior

By Nicole Cottam, MS, ACAAB

Doberman Flank Sucking

Dobermans helped Tufts researchers understand the keys to Canine Compulsive Disorder.

The research team at the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic has long suspected that canine compulsive behavior has a genetic component.  Recently, this suspicion was confirmed with the discovery that a variant of a gene, which codes for cadherin-2, was overrepresented in a sample of Doberman Pinschers

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Current Concepts

How to Keep Your Clients & Prevent Shelter Relinquishment

by Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB

When your clients lose their patience with their pet, you may lose your patients. In fact, behavioral issues account for 15 percent of veterinarians’ annual client loss. By incorporating elements of behavioral medicine into your practice, you can provide a great service to your clients, help save pets’ lives and help prevent professional “burnout.” It makes good business sense from several aspects.

Did you know that more puppies die from behavioral causes than infectious disease?

By incorporating behavior into your practice, you'll keep more clients--and save animals from shelters.

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