Behavior issues rank as one of the leading causes for bringing pets to the shelter or owners considering euthanasia in an otherwise healthy pet. Often owners do not realize that Behavior issues can be changed. All pets have the potential to exhibit behavior that may be stressful to an owner or give us concern that our pet is not healthy or happy. Many behaviors may be frustrating to deal with. The good news is that we can help!
Not all behaviors are due to mental or brain disease. Often animals will act out or demonstrate pain in a way that gets our attention. A classic example is urinary tract infections. Often pets will urinate in abnormal places but otherwise act normal. Owners can easily misconstrue this for spiteful behavior. Fear and pain can be demonstrated by aggression or hiding.
We will work with you to determine the cause of the unwanted behavior that your pet is exhibiting then develop a strategy for success. We incorporate training techniques as the foundation of our success. Although there isn’t a magic pill, sometimes we will use medications for a short period of time to make our training techniques more successful.
It will take dedication to a simple program to make significant strides with behavior issues, and if persistent, your hard work and our assistance will lead to a more rewarding relationship for you and your pet.
Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377