Use of tramadol in a Labrador retriever presenting with self-mutilation of the tail

Show simple item record Zulch, Helen E. Mills, Daniel S. Lambert, Ruth Kirberger, Robert M. 2012-09-13T06:18:24Z 2012-09-13T06:18:24Z 2012-07
dc.description.abstract A 30-month-old Labrador retriever bitch with a history of atopy was presented for acuteonset tail biting that was leading to self-mutilation. The problem began 8 months before consultation and was resolved after 2 months, but it recurred 3 months later and continued for 3 months until the time of consultation. The current episode was difficult to interrupt and was being controlled through the use of an Elizabethan collar. There had been no history of injury to the tail. On examination of the tail, an irregularity was palpated approximately midway on the dorsal surface. Radiographs of the tail showed soft-tissue swelling cranially and presence of an ossicle between the mid-caudal vertebrae. Mutilation stopped with administration of tramadol and paracetamol and started again when the medication was discontinued. No behavior modification was implemented. Although there is a possibility that the tramadol was treating a psychogenically driven self-mutilation behavior, it is more likely that pain was the initiating cause for the behavior. This case report highlights the importance of careful medical evaluation of suspected behavioral problems and discusses the possible use of tramadol in self-mutilation. en
dc.description.librarian mn2012 en
dc.description.uri en
dc.identifier.citation Helen E. Zulch, Daniel S. Mills, Ruth Lambert & Robert M. Kirberger, The use of tramadol in a Labrador retriever presenting with self-multiation of the tail, Journal of Veterinary Behavior : Clinical Applications and Research, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 252-258 (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2011.10.009. en
dc.identifier.issn 1558-7878 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1878-7517 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.jveb.2011.10.009
dc.identifier.other 7004586182
dc.identifier.other N-8699-2014
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights © 2012 Elsevier. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Veterinary Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Veterinary Behavior, vol 7, issue 4, July 2012, doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2011.10.009. en
dc.subject Dogs en
dc.subject Tails en
dc.subject Pain en
dc.subject Self-mutilation en
dc.subject Obsessive-compulsive disorder en
dc.subject Tramadol en
dc.subject Thermography en
dc.subject.lcsh Dogs -- Diseases en
dc.subject.lcsh Veterinary medicine -- South Africa en
dc.title Use of tramadol in a Labrador retriever presenting with self-mutilation of the tail en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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