A pet’s behavioral health is just as important as his physical health. Behavior counseling includes both training a pet as well as education of the pet parent. Furthermore, behavior counseling also includes when your pet may not be feeling just right due to a behavior issue. The number one reason that pets are put into or returned to shelters is due to ongoing behavior issues. Pet training and socialization are the best preventative measures to have a pet’s mental health be at its best. This is why we feel so strongly about providing the opportunity for all pet parents to learn about the latest techniques. Behavior science has grown leaps and bounds in recent years.
Your pet or future pet should have the benefit of the latest behavior science. If your pet has an issue, your Boca Raton veterinarian feels it is critical in making sure we have the correct behavior diagnosis so that behavior modification techniques and/or behavior medications can be most effective. We now know that pets suffer from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, stress/food related aggression and house soiling issues. As we continue to see the stress in our lives increase we can also see more of these issues in our pets. This can result in such behavior illnesses as separation anxiety in which dog might damage the house or furniture, house soiling or live in constant mental anguish. A cat might show signs of urinating outside the litter box or become less interactive. The greatest part of having a pet is the joyful interaction they provide us. Behavior illness puts a barrier between you and your pet and it doesn’t need to be that way. Advances in care have given the vet many more tools than we have ever had before.