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Animal Behavior Case of the Month

Sun-A Kim DVM, MS1 and Melissa J. Bain DVM, DACVB, MS, DACAW2
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  • 1 Clinical Animal Behavior Service, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Chungbuk National University, Korea
  • | 2 Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
Signalment

The patient was a 5-year-old 33.6-kg sexually intact male Bull Terrier.

History

The dog presented for barking, panting, pacing, and trembling triggered by multiple types of noises. It was adopted at 9 weeks of age and lived with 2 owners and a 7-year-old female spayed Bull Terrier near a fire station. Reactions to sirens started at 18 months of age; over time, the dog began reacting to loud cars, motorcycles, and television sounds by barking, panting, pacing, trembling, and hiding. Over time, even the slightest irregular sounds, such as an owner coughing, would trigger anxiety. No signs of anxiety

Contributor Notes

Corresponding author: Dr. Kim (sunkim.dvm@gmail.com)

In collaboration with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists