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.