In humans the relationship between body and mind has been studied throughout the last decades. Many correlations were investigated and well documented. In our companion animals this relationship has been only studied more recently with diseases like the interstitial cystitis in cats and some types of enteritis in dogs. But there are many other situations were this link can be found. However, the influence of certain pathologies in the animal's behavior is also a possibility. There are many pathologies that will change the animal’s behavior and some problems that could look like the behavior has its origin in a different system. Despite this, when we are treating these animals, will we treat only the behavior? Will we treat only the specific pathology? Or will we treat both?
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Gonçalo da Graça Pereira, DVM, MsC, PhD, Dip ECAWBM (BM), Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL)
Veterinary Degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon. Master in Clinical Ethology and Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. PhD in Veterinary Science at the Institute of Biomedical Science Abel Salazar in O’Porto. Diplomate by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, in both subspecialities (Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Legislation). Director of the Center for Animal Knowledge (Centro para o Conhecimento Animal). Professor of Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Training in Escola Superior Agrária de Elvas from Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre. Lecturer in different Faculties on Behavioural Medicine, Animal Welfare and Ethics. Trainer and speaker in Seminars, Conferences and Congresses national and internationally. Author, Co-author and Coordinator of several studies in animal behaviour and welfare in Portugal. Receive referral cases in Behaviour since 2003. Founder And Past-President of PsiAnimal – Portuguese Association of Behavioural Therapy and Animal Welfare. President of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM) and Vice-President of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE).
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