Behavioural counselling can be a useful resource for pet parents and can have numerous benefits for cats and dogs. It’s normal for your canine or feline pal to be playful at times but when their actions become disruptive, they need behavioural counselling. Our team is here to work with you to instill healthy habits in your loyal companion.
When should my cat or dog have behavioral counselling?
It can be hard to determine if your loyal companion’s mischievous behaviours need veterinary attention. There are two things you need to consider when your feline or canine pal is being naughty:
- Is this behaviour dangerous? If your cat or dog’s actions can cause harm to you, other humans, animals or themselves, then they need behavioural counselling.
- Am I able to manage their behaviour on my own? If you are fearful or worried about how your cat or dog will behave when they are at home or in public, it is time to have their behaviours looked into.
What are some disruptive behaviours that can benefit from behavioural counselling?
Cats and dogs may act out if they have a medical issue, a change in environment or even lack of stimulation which can make them aggressive, fearful or anxious. Here are some behaviours that we address during counselling:
- Aggression towards other pets or humans
- Barking excessively
- Excessive licking or scratching
- Peeing or soiling the house
- Refusing to eat
- Restlessness or pacing
- Shaking and trembling
What happens during a behaviour consultation?
During the first visit the veterinarian will ask questions to better understand the patient. Our goal is to find out what is the source of your loyal companion’s naughty behaviours and to rule out any health problems. Based on their disruptive behaviour, the veterinarian will recommend techniques and treatments that can change how they act. We will also make recommendations to remove triggers so they can be in a healthy environment.