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

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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