This lecture on treating canine behavior problems with medication will give an overview of how to choose which cases need or would benefit from pharmacological intervention. The session will also cover common medications, their uses, combinations, and common side effects.
Description: Psychoactive drug use in animals for behavior problems is often poorly understood by the public. There are a variety of misconceptions about the effects the medications will achieve. Additionally, owners and other individuals may feel that medications will change their pet’s personality or make the animal appear sluggish and “stoned.” There is also the misconception that conventional drug therapy is riskier than using “natural” products such as herbs and supplements.
This lecture will discuss three categories of cases: 1) those were medication is not indicated, 2) those where medication may clearly be beneficial but not crucial, and 3) those where medication should be an integral part of the therapy. Case examples will be used to aid in illustrating some of the behavioral and physiologic symptoms used for categorizing patients.
Attendees will learn:
- “Levels” of cases and their indication, or lack of, for addition of psychotropic medication — this will include patient factors as well as owner factors
- common general indications for use of medications
- common side effects or contraindications for classes of medications
- Monitoring criteria and procedures for switching or weaning off medications
- Tips for counseling clients on the advantages and disadvantages of medications
Due to the time limitation of the lecture, this session will not cover characteristics of individual medications in any detail.
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