Canine behavior problems in Brazil: a review of 180 referral cases

Ramos, Daniela, Reche-Junior, Archivaldo, Henzel, Marcelo and Mills, Daniel (2019) Canine behavior problems in Brazil: a review of 180 referral cases. Veterinary Record . ISSN 0042-4900

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Background Behavioural case loads may vary due to cultural differences, and so it is important to know how
these differ with geography.
Methods One hundred and eighty dog cases referred to a veterinary behaviourist in São Paulo (Brazil) during the
period of 2008–2014 are described.
Results Aggression against people was the most common behavioural complaint (22.2 per cent of the cases),
followed by apparent fears and phobias (13.3 per cent). Forms of aggression against other dogs (12.2 per cent)
and repetitive behaviours (11.1 per cent) were third and fourth most frequent, respectively. Female and male
patients were equally reported (47.6 and 52.4 per cent, respectively). These results differ slightly from the
findings of other international studies, in which aggression was the main behavioural complaint with fears and
phobias less common.
Conclusion Regional demographic reviews of the case loads of veterinary behaviour specialists help the
profession recognise the problems of most concern to pet owners in a given area and thus local priorities, as well
as opening up the potential to generate new hypotheses relating to the reasons for regional differences.

Keywords:Behavioural problems, Dog, Caseload
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D390 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:40121
Deposited On:12 Mar 2020 09:27

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