The behavior of sick animals.

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Dogs and cats that are ill with febrile diseases usually are depressed and anorexic. When viewed from the standpoint of the wild ancestors, it is apparent that the behavior of sick animals is adaptive and not necessarily a reflection of debilitation. A wild animal that is acutely ill with an infectious disease often is at a life-or-death juncture, and its behavioral mode may be seen as putting the animal's resources into facilitating the fever response in combating the pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-237
Number of pages13
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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  • Small Animals


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