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Medical Work-Up Of Behavioral Problems

Many physical problems influence behavior. In some cases the medical problem CAUSES the behavior. In most cases the medical problem influences the THRESHOLD for the behavior. The behavioral symptom may seem to have nothing to do with the medical problem. However, it is only appropriate to rule out a medical component before implementing a behavior modification plan.

Partial List Of Conditions To Exclude In A Behavior Work-Up

  • Allergy
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Colitis
  • Cystitis
  • Drug Induced Dementia
  • Encephalopathy
  • Enteritis
  • Epilepsy
  • FIV/FeLV
  • Food Intolerance
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hyperkinesis
  • Hypersexuality
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lick Granuloma
  • Malnutrition
  • Myositis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obsessive-Compulsion
  • Pelvic Nerve Dysfunction
  • Polydipsia
  • Polyphagia
  • Polyuria
  • Prostatitis
  • Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
  • Sex Hormone Imbalance
  • Urethritis
  • Vaginitis

Typical Behavior Medical Work-up By Attending DVM

  • Medical history pertinent to behavior problem
  • Neuro Exam – Looking to see if there is any brain or nervous system pathology.
  • Physical Exam – Looking for any cause of chronic discomfort.
  • CBC – Looking at White and Red Blood Cells, Eosinophil counts, and Globulin proteins
  • Serology – Looking for any internal organ dysfunction, and particularly at the thyroid
  • Fecal – Looking for intestinal parasites, or evidence of pica or excessive grass consumption
  • Urinalysis – Looking for evidence of pain from infection, crystals or tumors
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