Animals can become much loved and cherished family members. But when our pets start to engage in behaviours that we find problematic, our animals can also become a source of concern and stress. There are many possible reasons for problematic behaviour. Examples are an animal’s temperament, their early life experiences, training history and stressful life events that trigger behavioural responses. The good news is that behaviour is something that can change. With the right guidance and knowledge, we can help you accomplish this.
Common behavioural problems include:
- Anxiety disorders (fearfulness, phobias, separation issues)
- Destructive behaviours
- Toileting issues
- Excessive barking
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Resource guarding
The Ark behavioural assessment
In order to properly diagnose your pet’s behavioural problem, a thorough medical and behavioural assessment will need to be undertaken. It’s important to rule out any medical causes for your animal’s behaviour and several tests may need to be administered. Completing our behavioural questionnaire is also recommended as the more information we have about your pet, the better we are able to treat the issue. Following this assessment, Dr Joe and our lovely nurses will help formulate an individualized treatment plan for your pet.
This assessment will allow our team to determine if medication is likely to help, and also which medication might be suitable for your pet. Medication for behavioural issues is best accompanied by management and training protocols. As well as providing you with our behavioural modification guidelines, we can refer you to our recommended trainers who are happy to help you carry out this aspect of the treatment plan.
If you have any questions at all about your pet’s behaviour please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly Ark team. Even if you are simply concerned about whether something your pet does is “normal” or not! But particularly if you think your pet might be struggling in some way and not living the happiest life possible, give us a call or contact us through our contact page. Animal wellbeing is our priority at the Ark and we want all our pets to be healthy in mind as well as body!