Effective Treatments for Pets with Behavioural Problems in Sydney
Behavioural problems in dogs and cats are a common issue that our veterinarians can assist with. By helping you understand what may be contributing to your pet’s behavioural traits and implementing the right treatments, our veterinarians will help your pet to be more relaxed and happier.
Causes of Problematic Behaviour in Pets
Some of the commonly reported behavioural issues in dogs include excessive barking, inappropriate chewing, digging or toileting, separation anxiety and noise phobias and aggression towards people or other pets. In cats, common behavioural issues include inappropriate toileting, overgrooming, scratching and aggression towards people or other cats.
Each of these behavioural issues can be brought on by a variety of different causes and stimuli, including boredom, stress, anxiety and changes to the pet’s environment.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Sometimes underlying medical conditions or injuries (like an ear infection) can also cause an animal to display altered behaviour that may result in unexpected aggression or fear. If you’re concerned that your pet may have a behavioural issue, it’s imperative to seek veterinary care so that our veterinarians can assess the animal through a full physical examination.
The Benefits of Socialising and Exercise
Some behavioural issues in dogs can be improved through making sure your pet is well socialised, especially when they’re young. Implementing regular training sessions will also ensure your dog responds to commands which can help when trying to manage inappropriate behaviours. Ensuring your pet has regular exercise or stimulation through games and activities can help ease boredom. Scheduling dog dates, inviting friends or family to visit your pet during the day or utilising doggy day care facilities can all reduce the severity of separation anxiety in dogs.
Seeking the Right Treatments and Preventatives
Behavioural disorders such as noise phobias and separation anxiety may require a combination of a referral to behavioural training and medications to help manage your dog. Our veterinarians will explain the treatment options available to you to improve your pet’s behaviour and in more complex cases they may also recommend a referral to a veterinary behaviour specialist.
For further advice about behaviour issues in pets, or to book your pet a consultation, please call our team or visit our website.
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