Associazione Italiana Veterinari Piccoli Animali
Affiliata WSAVA


Quali farmaci e perchè

Behavioural medicine: what drugs and why


Palestrini C.
Medico Veterinario, PhD, Dipl. ECAWBM, Specialista in Etologia Applicata e Benessere degli Animali d’Affezione
Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie e Sanità Pubblica
Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria, 10, 20133 - Milano


Various psychotropic agents are used to alter animal behaviour in the course of treatment of behaviour problems. These range from well know licensed drugs to food additives. In general these agents are most effectively used as an adjunct to environmental management and behaviour modification techniques. Many psychotropic agents decrease arousal and motivation.
Such non-specific changes may alter the problematic interaction between the pet and the owner sufficiently to facilitate critical behaviour modification programmes. In other cases, psychotropic agents are used more specifically to treat specific underlying physiological processes.


dog, behaviour, drugs


Medicina comportamentale