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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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L have a 2 half year old Pug Male that has this problem

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Hi l have a 2 half year old Pug Male that has this problem of biting the air chasing tail and scratching. We went away camping for 2 nights came home and he was doing these things I've describe and it's worse at night not bad day time , l think it's separation anxiety because we have never left him like that we've always home hoping you can diagnose his problem thank you regards ***** *****
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Gloria, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You appear to be describing obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) in our dogs which are characterized by repetitive, invariant, patterned behaviors that are exaggerated in intensity, frequency, and duration given the inciting stimuli (i.e., expressed out of context). The behavior interferes with health and well-being. Star gazing, air or fly snapping, spinning/tail chasing, and self-mutilation are commonly seen. Risk factors include a stressful or traumatic event (your leaving for 2 nights, e.g.), lack of a daily routine or change in a well-established routine.A genetic contribution is suspected. Separation anxiety is a differential diagnosis but the behavior occurs only when owners are absent with that type of anxiety. All cases of OCD warrant intervention, which is individualized and based on frequency and severity of clinical signs. Treatment usually is a combination of behavioral and environmental modification and psychotropic medication. Referral to a specialist veterinary behaviorist is recommended as can be found here: www.dacvb.comPlease respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hi thank you for your dignose much appreciated l will get medication from my local vet he has good days but this starts mainly at night when it's dark as I've never had a problem with up until we went away 2 nights but thank you anyway kind regards ***** *****
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
You're welcome! I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Jobe. How is everything going?

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