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Behavioural Medicine

Does your dog destroy your belongings? Does your cat spray inside your home? Find out how a Veterinary Behavioural appointment at Clent Hills Vets could help.

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Typical behavioural issues seen in dogs and cats

 

As owners, we might think our pet is simply ‘acting out’ or trying to get attention, however, the problem could run much deeper and that’s where behavioural medicine can help.

Separation-related anxiety, compulsive behaviours, noise phobias, aggression and generalised anxiety are all disorders in dogs that can be addressed by veterinary behavioural medicine.

Intercat aggression in multicat households or feline spraying are common behavioural signs of stress in cats that can also be improved with this type of treatment.

 

4 Steps to Better Behaviour

1 - Book a Veterinary Behavioural Appointment

You can book a veterinary behavioural appointment for your cat or dog with JT at our Bromsgrove or Hagley surgery, or at your home.

 

2 - Fill in a pre-appointment questionnaire

So that we can understand what’s happening with your pet, you will need to fill in a behavioural questionnaire and return it to us at least two days before your appointment.

3 - Working with your pet

A veterinary behavioural appointment will last around 1 hour. You’ll have plenty of time to understand the underlying reasons for your pet’s behaviour and how you can change it. For some pets, an extra appointment may be required to work through their problems.

4- Follow up

Changing behaviours can be a long-term process, needing commitment, encouragement and regular review. You can book follow-up appointments at monthly or 6-month intervals, whatever your pet needs, to check on their progress and iron out any lingering problems.

Treating your pet’s behavioural disorder

Why do pets develop behavioural problems

Behavioural problems are often related to mental disorders and they take time and commitment to change, so be prepared to work! However, helping your pet improve from such a complex problem couldn’t be more satisfying and your bond with them will be forever strengthened.

Behavioural disorders are very common

The importance of animal behaviour and psychological well-being is increasingly recognised in the veterinary profession. Behavioural disorders are very common in our pets, inducing suffering to the animals and damaging the affective bond with their humans. These are actually found to be the main reason for pet relinquishment and euthanasia in shelters.

Always enlist the help of a qualified professional

If you think your pet might have a behavioural disorder, it is important you seek the help of a qualified professional and you really dig deep into their certifications. Behavioural therapy is still a very recent, and therefore highly unregulated, industry and unqualified help could have a long-lasting worsening effect on your pet’s behaviour.

Pain and disease related behavioural changes

Behavioural changes can be due to an infinite number of reasons, including pain and unrelated diseases. Seeking the help of a veterinarian will allow you to rule out all of these before initiating an individual behavioural modification protocol.

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