Behavioral Medicine

Your pet’s behavior affects every interaction that you have with your pet on a daily basis. Behavior involves everything from mealtime, to exercise and playtime, or relaxing with other family members on the couch. If a pet has a behavior issue, the results and consequences can be far-reaching. Behavior problems can threaten the bonds that you have with your pet by damaging the loving relationship that should exist between you. In extreme cases, serious behavior problems can lead to euthanasia or surrendering a pet to a shelter. Pets can have a wide variety of behavior issues, ranging from housetraining problems to serious anxiety and aggression problems.

We are well qualified and experienced in diagnosing and addressing behavior issues, by combining skills from veterinary clinical medicine, behavioral medicine, and pet training. Our goals are to help pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely and to help restore the bond between pets and their families. Dealing with behavior issues can be frustrating to pet owners. Sometimes pet owners may blame themselves because their pet seems to have an emotional problem.

Although behavior problems can result from emotional trauma or physical mistreatment, in many cases the issues can arise from simple misunderstandings or learned associations that were inadvertently established during training. In addition, several medical conditions can manifest in ways that mimic behavior problems. Scheduling an evaluation with a professional skilled in diagnosing and managing behavioral problems in pets is the first step on the road to resolving the issue. Before you and your pet suffer through one more day of inappropriate behavior, call us and let us see if we can help.