Providing practical, accessible and affordable behavioural health care for pets
Did you know that pets can suffer from mental health disorders such as anxiety and phobias? In fact, more dogs and cats are affected by behavioural problems than any other medical condition. Left untreated or managed inappropriately, such conditions can quickly worsen, leading to patient (and owner) suffering, an increase risk of injury to people and other pets, relinquishment and euthanasia.
Correction of problem behaviors is most effective if implemented early, particularly if they occur in puppies, kittens or young adults. Pets that have been rehomed may be at higher risk of developing anxiety related conditions, such as separation distress, fear and aggression.
Assessment by a Veterinary Behaviour Consultant should be considered promptly for pets that are showing signs of:
- Fear of people and other pets
- Aggression including lunging, growling and biting
- Phobias, for example storm, cars, leash walks, noises etc
- Barking and distress when left on their own
- Compulsive behaviours such as circling, sucking, licking
- An inability to learn
- Increased motor activity, reactivity
Whilst a cure may not be possible, with understanding, management and sometimes medication, together we can help provide both you and your special pet with an improved quality of life.
Healthy mind, healthy body, happy pet
A strong human animal bond enriches the lives of both pets and their owners. Therefore, the team at Veterinary Specialist Services believes it is important to embrace, nurture and promote this bond by providing excellence in surgery, medicine and behavioural health care.