Posts for: November, 2019
Is your pet displaying some really odd habits, patterns or behaviors? If so, they may need therapy. While this might sound a bit strange at first, some pets (especially adopted or shelter pets) may come with certain behavioral problems due to past trauma and experiences. Any behavior that is alarming, problematic or potentially dangerous warrants talking to our High Point, NC, veterinarians about behavioral counseling.
Signs that a Pet Might Need Behavioral Counseling
There are certain behaviors that your cat or dog may display that may have you a bit concerned, but does it actually warrant behavioral counseling? It could, if they are showing signs of,
Aggression: There are many reasons a pet may act aggressively, whether out of protection for their family or possession over food or other items. Aggression can take on the form of growling, showing teeth, nipping and biting. You may find that your dog acts more aggressively than usual when out for walks or when encountering other animals, or your cat may claw you if you’ve been petting them for long periods of time. In these cases, behavioral counseling could improve your pet’s aggressive behaviors.
Anxiety: Being left alone or hearing loud noises could send your pet into a frenzy. There are many ways in which an animal may show anxiety, from loud meowing to hiding under the bed. Sometimes pets become destructive as a result of anxiety. This is another reason many pet owners visit the vet.
Sometimes animals act out because they are bored. If your pet isn’t getting the mental and physical stimulation it needs then it may also act out by scratching up furniture or urinating in the house. Changes in an owner’s life such as dating someone new could also affect your pet and lead to these behaviors. Again, if you are concerned about your pet’s behavior you should consult a pet behaviorist for help.
What is Involved in Pet Behavior Counseling?
When you bring your pet into our High Point, NC, vet office for an evaluation we can check for any medical problems that could be leading to their odd behaviors or changes in personality. If there are no health problems then your vet may recommend behavioral counseling for your cat or dog.
During your consultation, our vet will talk to you about the behaviors they are experiencing while also trying to get an idea of their home environment. Through a customized treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, we can help owners change a lot of negative pet behaviors to create a more harmonious relationship.
Just as anxiety and aggressive are behaviors that can be detrimental for people, these same behaviors can also be a problem for your pets. If you are wondering whether your pet could benefit from behavioral counseling then call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, today to schedule a consultation. For Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, phone (336) 886-2315 or for Total Care Veterinary Hospital, call (336) 841-8877.
Just like you, your cat or dog needs regular grooming. Coat, ears, nails—they all require consistent and thorough attention to stay fresh, clean, and free of odors and parasites. Here at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, the professional staff offers a full range of pet grooming services that will have your feline or canine friend looking and feeling great.
What are your pet grooming options?
In general, they're either at-home/do-it-yourself or professionally supervised by the four veterinarians here at Skeet Club and Total Care Veterinary Hospitals. Your at-home version may work depending on your experience, your pet's temperament, and the space/equipment you have available in your house or apartment. Additionally, you must consider your physical ability to handle your large breed dog or anxious cat, and how that may impact the outcome of brushing, bathing, and nail trimming.
Your cat should be brushed daily and bathed only when very dirty or when she just cannot keep herself clean anymore. A dog needs a full bath every three months, according to the ASPCA, or more often as lifestyle and owner ability warrant. Additionally, if your animal has behavioral considerations, skin conditions, or allergies, you may need help from the pet groomers here at our High Point location.
What we offer you and your pet
At Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, our team offers full grooming services. This includes:
- Nail trimming
- Ear care
The groomers are highly trained in all things canine and feline, including skin conditions, allergies, behavioral issues, and more. Your pet will leave the facility looking and smelling great, and feeling completely refreshed.
At Total Care Veterinary Hospital, the team offers baths for both cats and dogs, including large breeds. Does your dog have an extremely thick and matted coat? Our professionals can handle it, and with regular visits to our hospitals, your pet is assured of a pleasant experience and wonderful results.
At Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospitals, our doctors and support staff love caring for your furry friends. Call for a pet grooming appointment, won't you? For Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, phone (336) 886-2315 or for Total Care Veterinary Hospital, call (336) 841-8877.