Drug therapy in behavior: case-based discussion (Proceedings)


Drug therapy in behavior: case-based discussion (Proceedings)

Aug 01, 2011

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 physiology

• 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.

Synapse physiology

• 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.

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