Behavioral Counseling

If someone were to ask you to list everything you love about your pet, you could probably count dozens of things that make you smile and touch your heart. Well….all except that one bad behavior – that one nasty habit – that is just driving you crazy.

Unwanted pet behavior can make it difficult to bond with your animal companion, yet it’s one of the most common complaints of pet owners today. In fact, the vast majority of pet parents experience some type of behavior issue with their pets, whether it’s a simple house training issue or something more serious, like aggression. In other words, you’re not alone.

The good news is you don’t have to live this way! The behavioral counseling services available at Fullwood Animal Hospital are designed to get to the root cause of the problem and address that problem in a way that will get real results.

Some of the many behavior issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • House Training
  • Excessive Barking
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Jumping
  • Biting/Aggression
  • Fear/Anxiety

The key to mastering pet behavior is understanding what’s really causing the problem in the first place. In many cases, a smaller behavior problem is really just a symptom of a much larger issue. For instance, a pet that becomes destructive whenever he or she is left alone may actually be experiencing separation anxiety. Only when you address the root cause will you achieve the results you desire, which is eliminating that unwanted behavior once and for all.

It’s also important that we rule out any potential medical causes for your pet’s behavior. Many illnesses have symptoms that can easily be mistaken for bad behavior. The pet owner becomes frustrated because behavior modification techniques don’t work, and the animal suffers because the underlying medical condition continues to go untreated. For example, a cat that suddenly begins urinating outside the litterbox may not be acting out but instead by suffering from a health problem, such as a urinary tract infection. By conducting a physical exam and ruling out potential medical causes, we’ll know exactly which direction we need to go in.

Once we’ve given your pet a clean bill of health and we understand precisely what’s causing them to act out, we will get to work, arming you with all of the education, tools and support you need to overcome that bad habit. We want to help you help your pet develop into the well-behaved, balanced family member we know he or she is capable of becoming.

If you’re struggling with unwanted pet behavior, you don’t have to go through it alone. Give us a call today. We can help!

 

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