Pharmacological Treatment for Troubled Canines
(New Developments)

presented by...

Dr. Karen Overall

Kennsington (Bethesda), Maryland

November 15, 2009

hosted by
All About Dogs, Inc.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU'S): Approved for CPDT: 5.5
Approved by Boards of Veterinary Examiners: DC--5.0 Hours;  MD--5.5 Hours
Pharmacological Treatment for Troubled Canines (New Developments)

New Hope for Dogs: Drugs Coupled With Behavior Modification Training to Treat:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Panic
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Most canine behavioral problems start more simply than they end up when treatment is finally sought. The more complex the problem, the more complicated the solution .However, rational use of behavioral pharmacology that is coupled with and facilitates behavior modification can help dogs get further, faster than either training or behavior modification, alone.

The key is 'rational use'. Such use requires a team approach where veterinarians, clients, specialists in veterinary behavioral medicine and trainers collaborate for the good of the patient. Everyone must understand how these drugs work, what can help them fail, and when some risk is involved. If used sanely and with behavior modification, drugs save lives and for many dogs replace suffering with an excellent quality of life.

Sunday • November 15th • 10:00 AM

1. Conditions which may be helped by behavioral medication:

  • separation anxiety
  • noise phobias
  • fear
  • generalized anxiety
  • OCD
  • most canine aggressions, including interdog aggression.
2. Specific drugs and drug classes: How they work and the science behind them-- will include the TCAs (Clomicalm), the SSRIs (Reconcile), the benzodiazepines (Xanax / alprazolam), and the MAO-Is (Anipryl), plus what not to use and why.

3. Client Compliance with follow-up and working with good trainers: developing this essential relationship.

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Sunday • November 15th • 1:30 PM

4. Behavior mod is lifelong: Emphasizing the training community's critical role in ongoing behavior modification, while encouraging creative participation in canine sports.

5. When to refer to a specialist: what a boarded veterinary behaviorist can offer.

6. Side effects, medical concerns and the more complex view of how we can keep troubled dogs healthy.

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$95.00 (Sunday only) $107.00 (with optional lunch)

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Dr. Karen Overall received her BA and MA degrees concomitantly from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, and her VMD from its School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Dr. Overall received her PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed a residency in Behavioral Medicine at Penn in 1989. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) as an Applied Animal Behaviorist.

Dr. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses and is the author of over 100 scholarly publications on behavioral medicine She has also been a regular columnist for both Canine and Feline Practice journals, has been the behavior columnist and continues to write a bimonthly column for DVM Newsmagazine. Her best-selling textbook, Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals, was published by Mosby in 1997. Her new book, Manual of Small Animal Clinical Behavioral Medicine, was published by Elsevier in 2006, with her first instructional video-- Humane behavioral care for distressed humans and their confused dogs: techniques for the treatment and prevention of canine behavior problems. Her most recent text is Behavioral Medicine for Old Dogs, 2007. Additionally, Dr. Overall serves on the editorial and editorial advisory boards of numerous journals, and is the editor-in-chief for the new Elsevier journal: Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.

Dr. Overall ran the Behavior Clinic at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine for more than 12 years, and recently joined the faculty of the Psychiatry Department at Penn Med as a Research Associate. Dr. Overall's clinical work has at its core the humane treatment of troubled pets and their distressed people. Her research has 2 main foci (1) understanding the neurobiology and genetics of canine behavior and canine cognition, and (2) the development of natural genetic and behavioral canine models for human psychiatric illness, particularly those involving anxiety, panic, and aggression. Such models allow better treatment for pets with behavioral problems while adding to our understanding of the shared conditions in humans.

Dr. Overall frequently consults with service and assistance dog organizations and military and police organizations that use dogs in any capacity. She also consults frequently with law makers regarding legislation affecting dogs. Dr. Overall is currently the Co-Chair of the US government SWGDOG (the Scientific Working Group on Dogs and Orthogonal detector Guidelines), and serves on the board of Directors of both charitable (PALS for Life) and working dog (International Working Dog and Breeding Association [IWDBA]) organizations. She was awarded the 1993 Randy Award for Excellence and Creativity in Research. In 2005, Dr. Overall was voted the Small Animal Speaker of the year at the North American Veterinary Conference.

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Due to space limitations we will not be permitted to have dogs in the meeting room--no exceptions other than demo dogs.

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During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. Please take private conversations outside while speakers are presenting.

No videotaping or audiotaping is permitted. A selection of videotapes and books will be available for sale.

A selection of books and DVDs will be available for sale.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A full refund will be issued if requested before Wednesday, Nov.11. No refunds or credits issued after 12:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 13. All refunds must be requested by email or phone. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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Tel: (301) 230-5151


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