Blakes Crossing Veterinary Surgery

One-one behavioural consultations

One-one behavioural consultations

 

Behavioural problems can be due to behavioural causes, medical causes, or both. Our veterinarians will investigate behavioural problems by obtaining a full history and conducting a full examination (sometimes your pet may require blood or urine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions) to accurately diagnose a problem. Behavioural problems are often the combined effect of many factors, including your pet’s environment and learning.

Genetics can predispose your pet to some behaviours, however the expression of those behaviours will depend on your pet’s early socialisation and training.

Changes in the environment may contribute to the emergence of behavioural problems. For example, changes in routine, a new member of the household (pet, baby or spouse), moving house, or the loss of a family member or pet can have a dramatic impact on behaviour. Any medical or degenerative changes associated with ageing may cause the pet to be even more sensitive to these environmental changes.

Learning plays a part in many behavioural problems. Early training and socialisation is essential to have a happy, well-adjusted pet. 

 

How are behavioural problems treated?

There is no simple cure for any behavioural problem, so be careful when taking ''helpful'' advice from unqualified individuals. It is very important that the cause of the problem is addressed, not just the symptoms of the problem. 

When it comes to your pet's behaviour, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian or qualified animal trainer. Changing problem behaviour requires commitment on behalf of the whole family, as everyone your pet interacts with will be responsible for encouraging desirable behaviour. For some problems such as barking, escaping, aggression, or separation anxiety it is beneficial to see the pet in its natural environment, thus a home visit may be appropriate. Some cases may also require medications alongside the new training techniques to get the best outcome.

 

Blakes Tiver Road Veterinary Centre offer one on one behavioural consults. The initial consultation will be with a veterinarian and an accredited canine trainer. The consult will ask a series of in depth questions which will assist in the health and behavioural modification plan. 

Once the initial consultation has been completed, owners and animals will spend some one on one time with our accredited canine trainer going through the behavioural modification strategies. Owners will receive a written behavioural consultation plan and ongoing support via phone and email.

Please contact our Blakes Tiver Road Veterinary Centre on 7231 3099 to book a consult today!