Clinical records of 270 dogs older than 7 years that presented for a behavior problem at the Animal Behavior Clinic of the Autonomous University of Barcelona were analyzed. Information about age, breed, gender and neuter- ing status, characteristics of the environment, behavior problems and signs of aging were obtained for each dog. Elderly dogs made up the 16% of the total population presented for behavioral consultation. Of the 270 dogs whose records were examined, 10 were affected by CDS. Aggressive behavior (particularly towards people) was the most frequent disorder diagnosed by veterinarians (45%), followed by excessive barking (9%), separation anxiety (8%), disorientation (6.3%) fear/phobias (6%), housesoiling (5%), compulsive disorders (4%) and CDS (2.7%). CDS patients showed signs associated with cognitive decline: 67% had decreased interaction with owners, 50% experienced confusion as well as housesoiling, 35% had sleep-wake cycle alterations and 17% showed depression/apathy.
|Autori interni:||LIPPI, ILARIA|
|Autori:||MARIOTTI V.M; LANDUCCI M; LIPPI I; AMAT M; MANTECA X; GUIDI G|
|Titolo:||Epidemiological study of behavioural disorders in elderly dogs|
|Anno del prodotto:||2009|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|