Behavioral Medicine/Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Behavioral issues can be frustrating, and create a rift in the bond between you and your pet. Problem behaviors sometimes come from a miscommunication between what we “say” and what we think our pets “hear”. Sometimes our pets have an inherent personality trait, such as shyness, fearfulness, or even bossiness, that makes it harder for them to be the happy-go-lucky pet that we might wish for. And sometimes it comes down to a just a poor fit between the pet’s needs and the needs of their pet parents.

We are here to offer behavioral counseling for a number of issues, such as inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household, and household pets that are in conflict with one another. Oftentimes a behavior problem can be linked to a medical issue (such as infections, kidney disease, pain, or arthritis), so we will screen your pet for any underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to behavioral issues. We want to help develop a plan to eliminate or reduce unwanted behavior so that you and your pet can continue to love and enjoy each other’s company.

Sometimes the best option for you and your pet will be consultation with a specialist who has advanced training in behavioral issues. We can help guide you to knowledgeable and experienced trainers, or board-certified Veterinary Behavior Specialists that can offer very detailed, practical recommendations and treatment plans for you and your animal friend.