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Monday, May 23 • 13:30 - 14:30
Preventative behavioural medicine in dogs and cats PART 1

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Strategies to prevent behavioural problems in dogs and cats can be conveniently divided into two categories: those that refer to early development of the puppy or kitten, and those that can be implemented at any age. Early development of dogs and cats includes four phases: pre-natal, neonatal, transition, socialisation and juvenile. Research done in a variety of species has shown that animals born to mothers that have suffered stress during pregnancy are likely to be more easily stressed as adults. Therefore, providing a non-stressful environment for the dam is important. Adequate tactile stimulation during the neonatal period results in animals being more able to adjust the intensity of their stress response to the relevance of the stressor. The importance of the socialization period cannot be overemphasized and dogs and cats should be exposed during this period to conspecifics, adult humans, infants and any stimuli that they are likely to encounter later on in life. Weaning age has a long-lasting effect on behaviour and research has shown that early weaning may result in lower tolerance to frustration. Environmental influences early in life interact with the genetic make-up of the individual and this will also be dealt with in the lecture

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Dr Xavier Manteca

Xavier Manteca Vilanova received his BVSc degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, he is professor at the... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre