Dog Behavior Medicine

About Behavior Medicine

Behavior medicine is very different from training. Training is teaching your pet cues to follow- sit, down, stay, etc. Behavior medicine is treating the underlying physical and/or emotional condition that leads to unwanted behavior. Some examples of unwanted behaviors include urinating outside of the litter box and any kind of aggression.

Our team of veterinarians, technicians, and animal behavior consultants works with your family to restore physical and emotional well-being.   Our approach is multi-faceted:

  • Ensure your pet has the resources available to express their natural behaviors.  For example, dogs need to exercise their minds as well as their bodies.  If a dog doesn’t get enough mental stimulation, they can become destructive.
  • Use environmental management to reduce or eliminate the problem: instead of feeding your dog from a bowl, challenge them with puzzle feeders.
  • Evaluate and resolve any physical conditions that cause or exacerbate the unwanted behavior.  Some dogs chew on inappropriate objects because they have GI disease.  Treating the cause of the GI upset eliminates their destructiveness.
  • Teaching you how to communicate better with your pet and helping you understand what their behavior and body language is telling you.  Dogs don’t suddenly forget that they are not supposed to chew on furniture or do it out of spite.  They are either sick and need medical treatment or are anxious and need treatment for that.

 

Our goal is to keep dogs and their families happy and healthy together.

About Our Behavior Services

You do not have to be a client of Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic for us to help you and your dog with a behavior problem.  Your regular vet may refer you to us, you can transfer your pet to our practice, or you can just use us for behavior services and keep your regular vet.

All behavior treatment starts with obtaining a detailed behavior history and then scheduling an initial behavior consultation.  We can treat pets for aggression, anxiety, phobias, inappropriate elimination, excessive barking, and other unwanted behaviors.  For aggression between housemates, you will need our Dysfunctional Family Behavior Treatment Package.

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