Behavior Consultation at AMC

One of our AMC doctors, Dr. Stephen Long has a special interest in helping clients solve behavior problems in their pets.  Note: he can’t help you with human teenagers!

Behavior consultations involve a detailed behavioral history, behavior profile with temperament evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan.  A treatment plan is provided that includes behavioral and environmental modification and training recommendations. Anxiety-relieving medications may be prescribed/recommended pending your pet’s condition.

Some of the common types of behavior disorders we treat are:

  • Anxiety – separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, thunderstorm phobia, specific fears
  • Inappropriate elimination – house soiling, marking, litterbox training, submissive/excitement urination
  • Interpet conflict
  • Shyness
  • Barking
  • Digging and escaping
  • Begging
  • Jumping on people
  • Chewing

It is important to intervene early with behavioral issues, before the behavior becomes a learned habit.  It is also important to realize that there are no magic pills that will change your pet’s behavior, and change will not happen overnight.  It requires a multi-modal approach, including behavior modification techniques, and must be individualized to each animal.

Behavioral consultation appointments are usually about an hour long. We recommend that you bring in a stool or urine sample if your behavior consultation is regarding inappropriate elimination. Please bring your pet with you as well.  If you and your pet suffer from one of these issues, contact us today!