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How to identify, treat self-injurious patients
Keys to differentiating behavior patients from allergic and endocrine patients—and how to treat them



A medical team should develop a thorough protocol to make a diagnosis in a behavioral patient. Obtain a medical and behavior history, identify dermatologic lesions on physical examination and develop a clinical diagnostic plan. This will aid in differentiating among the allergy, endocrine and behavioral patient. With these results, you can then develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Editor's Note: A chart outlining the differences among allergy, endocrine and behavioral patients is available at

Dr. Moffat is a board-certified behaviorist at VCA Mesa Animal Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. Dr. Rosenfeld is the founder and president of VTEC. He is a general practitioner and runs a mobile ultrasound practice in Cape Cod, Mass.


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