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Animal Behavior Case of the Month

Stanley L. Marks BVSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN1, Melissa J. Bain DVM, DACVB, MS2, and Marilyn White DVM3
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  • 1 Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
  • | 2 Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
  • | 3 Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
Statement of the Problem

A dog was examined because of inappetence and unusual feeding behavior that developed following surgical removal of a plastic foreign body from the pylorus 6 months earlier. The dog's unusual feeding behavior consisted of stretching its body, eructation, curling its lips, turning its head away from the owner, and running to hide in the bedroom closet before ingesting any food.

Signalment

The dog was a 1-year-old 32-kg (70-lb) sexually intact female German Shepherd Dog.

History

The owner had raised the dog from birth after it was whelped by one of the owner's bitches. The dog reportedly

Contributor Notes

Dr. White's present address is 718 15th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Address correspondence to Dr. Marks.