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Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2013 Sep;16(3):801-20. doi: 10.1016/j.cvex.2013.05.004. Epub 2013 Jul 19.

Behavioral dermatopathies in small mammals.

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Several skin conditions seen in small mammals are thought to have a behavioral cause but their epidemiology and pathogenesis are poorly understood. A significant amount of research exists on barbering in mice that suggests it is an impulse control disorder and may represent a good animal model for trichotillomania in humans. Stress seems to play a complex role in the development and maintenance of some behavioral dermatopathies, but genetics and experiences, especially during development, also likely play a role. Pain or discomfort may underlie the development of many of these problems.


Behavior; Dermatology; Impulse control disorders; Small mammals; Stereotypies; Stress

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