Behavioural Advice

Behavioural problems can be due to behavioural causes, medical causes, or both.

Our veterinarians will investigate behavioural problems by obtaining a full history and conducting a complete examination to accurately diagnose a problem. (Sometimes your pet may require blood or urine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions). Behavioural problems are often the combined effect of many factors, including your pet’s environment and learning.

Genetics can also predispose your pet to certain behaviours, however the expression of those behaviours will depend on your pet’s early socialisation and training.

When it comes to your pet’s behaviour, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian or animal behaviour specialist. Changing problem behaviour requires commitment on behalf of the whole family, as everyone your pet interacts with will be responsible for encouraging desirable behaviour. For some problems such as barking, escaping, aggression, or separation anxiety, it is beneficial to see the pet in its natural environment, and therefore a home visit may be appropriate. Some cases may also require medications in combination with the new training techniques to achieve the best outcome.

For this and other behavioural problems, we recommend that you contact us to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians.