Overview of presentation
The use of psychoactive medication can be a critical part of the successful treatment of certain behavior problems afflicting
companion animals. However, not all cases require their use and they rarely are the exclusive treatment strategy in managing
most behavior issues.
The goal of this presentation is to familiarize you with a few commonly used medications in clinical veterinary behavior cases
but, more importantly, help you determine which cases would benefit from the use of drug therapy and which would not.
• Synapse – a junction between terminal buttons at the ends of axonal branches of one neuron and the membrane of another
(axodendritic, axosomatic, axoaxonic)
• Neurotransmitter – remain within the synapse to transmit action potential to post synaptic membrane.
• Enzymatic Deactivation – For example, the activation of acetyl cholinesterase to neutralize the activity of acetylcholine
• Reuptake – Reabsorption of neurotransmitter into the pre-synaptic cytoplasm via membrane channels.