Dog and cat behavior problems can be very frustrating for pet owners. Certain medical conditions can be responsible for behavioral problems and may need to be ruled out first by physical examination and tests. A comprehensive individualized treatment plan is formulated utilizing various modes of management. These may include increasing your pet’s mental stimulation through play or physical exercise, behavior modification techniques and the use of behavior tools such as Gentle Leader Headcollars, calming shirts or pheromone usage.
Behavioral problems that we commonly treat include:
- Fear, stress, anxiety
- Aggression (fearful, territorial, protective, leash, pain-related, stranger-directed, inter or intra-species)
- Noise and other phobias
- Obsessive/compulsive disorders
- Separation anxiety
- Destructive or unruly behavior
- Senility and cognitive dysfunction
With patience, perseverance and behavior counseling, troubled pets can improve and share happy lives with their loving families.
Pheromones are species-specific naturally occurring chemical signals that are excreted or secreted by an individual to trigger a social response in that same species. Examples are Adaptil© and Feliway©, which are calming and reassuring pheromones for dogs and cats. These products come in sprays, wipes or diffusers that are released into the environment. We can not smell them but your pet often will be soothed or calmed. Adaptil© is also in collar form to help decrease canine anxiety and stress outside of the home.
Some behavior problems are very severe and/or longstanding and may require the addition of medications to decrease anxiety and fear. By lessening some of the underlying factors, we are better able to modify or change the behavior.