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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Small Animals