Behavioral Counseling for Pets

Behavior Counseling

Behvaioral Counseling

You should never ignore behavioral problems in your pet, or assume that nothing can be done to correct them.

Behavioral problems include nipping and biting, excessive barking, causing damage by chewing, inappropriate urination and defecation, digging, and fear and anxiety caused by such things as being left alone, thunderstorms, or a new person or pet entering their environment. Left untreated, such behavior can have serious consequences, including injury, costly property damage, your pet running away, angry neighbors, lawsuits, and significant inconvenience and headaches. Undesirable pet behavior can seriously affect the quality of your relationship with your pet, and it has caused many people to give up their pet entirely.

We offer veterinary counseling to help pet owners cope with and change unwanted pet behavior. Our trained medical professionals will use your pet’s clinical history, a thorough medical exam, and the evidence you provide about your pet’s behavior in order to seek to understand what is causing it and what can be done about it. There are training and drug therapy programs we can recommend to address the problem. This is one of the many exclusive services we offer aside from cat and dog day care in New Orleans.

There are many reasons your pet may be misbehaving. Among them:

  • Medical or aging related: Your pet may be in some discomfort due to some underlying medical problem or simply from the degeneration that comes with age, and this discomfort may be what is causing the behavior problem. This is why we start with a medical examination.

  • Genetic: Your pet might well have been born with a predisposition toward certain behaviors.

  • Environmental: Your pet can easily be upset by such things as a change in its routine, a move to a new home, or another new pet to get used to.

  • Learned: You might be surprised how something you are doing is unintentionally giving your pet positive reinforcement for bad behavior. For example, if every time your pet shows aggression or otherwise behaves in some undesirable way you respond by immediately petting and reassuring it and giving it treats in an attempt to calm it and settle it down and draw it away from that behavior, what it learns is that behaving in that way brings petting and treats.