Behavioural Problems in Pets

Dogs and cats can be affected by many different behavioural problems that cause aggression, anxiety, inappropriate soiling and property damage. Problems of this nature are the main reasons why so many pet owners become frustrated and many animals are surrendered to shelters. Most behavioural problems can be avoided by early socialization training.

Some behavioural problems are due to an underlying medical condition. Pain and disease can affect the interaction between the pet and their owner. Your veterinarian will need to provide a complete medical examination to address any medical issues that may manifest themselves as a behavioural abnormality. For example, a cat that urinates on the carpet may be suffering from a urinary tract disease and may not be able to get to the litter box in time. Likewise, a dog that nips when he or she is picked up could be suffering from abdominal pain or arthritis.

If your veterinarian’s examination determines that there is no underlying medical cause, the problem may be exclusively behavioural. Depending on the nature of the problem there are several treatments combined with training techniques that could help, and oral treatments that range from nutritional supplements to drugs which affect brain chemistry.

A detailed discussion of your pet’s behaviour with your veterinarian will help determine the most effective treatment for your pet.

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