Veterinary behavioural medicine is the scientific field that aims to detect the causes underlying an unwanted behaviour of a pet to deal with them. Behaviour is just a sign and an expression of an animal’s emotional state, goal/desire, need and/or experience and not a problematic condition itself. Veterinary behavioural medicine aims to perform a causative diagnosis in order to avoid symptomatic treatments and achieve a long-lasting change of the behaviour, always by considering animal’s behavioural needs and owner’s wish.
Behaviour consultations involves assessment of common and more complex behavioural problems, including:
Dogs and cats
- Aggressive behaviour (towards people and/or towards other animals)
- Fears or phobias (eg sound sensitivity, fear of people, fear of animals)
- Separation related problems
- House soiling (marking behaviour, latrine behaviour)
- Excessive vocalisations (excessive barking/meowing)
- Repetitive behaviours/compulsive behaviours
- Cognitive dysfunction syndrome
- Inappropriate scratching toward furniture
Behaviour consultations will be conducted in the clinic. The pet and all key members of the family should be present during the consultation. Owners are encouraged to bring their pet’s bed, toys and treats with them in the consultation (if feasible).
Behavioural consultation includes
- Behavioural questionnaire and medical history of the pet before the arrangement of the consultation
- Initial behavioural consultation (up to one hour duration)
- Written report of the behavioural assessment and a behaviour modification plan (if applicable)
- One month follow up* (emails/brief telephone conversations)
*Any follow up that requires face to face consultation will be charged additionally with a repeat consultation fee.