Pet Behavioral Counseling in Santa Rosa, CA
All too often, pet owners find themselves dealing with unwanted behavior and feeling powerless to correct the situation. Behavioral issues can drive a wedge between you and your animal companion and make it difficult to embrace them as a part of the family. If you’re struggling with unwanted behavior – whether it’s a house training problem or something more serious, like aggression – you don’t have to figure it out on your own! Let the experienced team at Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital help you get the problem under control once and for all. Through basic obedience advice, proven behavior modification tips, and/or behavior-altering medications, we are confident that your pet will develop into the balanced, well-behaved family member he or she was meant to be.
Diagnosing the Problem
The key to solving companion animal behavior problems is getting to the root cause. Often times a few smaller behavior problems can actually be symptoms of a much larger issue. For instance, a pet that eliminates in the house or barks incessantly whenever left alone may actually be doing these things due to separation anxiety. Only when we identify the real problem can we address it in a way that will actually get results.
It’s also important that we rule out any potential medical causes for your pet’s behavior. Many health conditions have symptoms that can easily be mistaken for bad behavior. For example, a cat that is suddenly urinating outside the litter box may not be acting out, but instead, may be experiencing a health problem that requires medical attention. We will start with a thorough health analysis before moving forward with any kind of behavior modification plan.
Common Behavior Problems
Some of the common behavior problems we see regularly at Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital include:
- House training problems
- Excessive Barking
- Destructive behavior
When we’ve determined precisely what behavior issue we’re dealing with, we’ll work with you to develop a plan for overcoming the problem once and for all. Through basic obedience advice, proven behavior modification tips, and/or behavior-altering medications, we are confident that your pet will develop into the balanced, well-behaved family member he or she was meant to be.