Behavior problems are the number one reason pet owners relinquish their pets. This is very sad, because most pet behavior problems can be corrected with proper training and obedience techniques.
At Scott County Animal Hospital, we realize that behavior problems occur in both dogs and cats. Some of these, such as cats urinating in the house, may have underlying medical reasons. It is essential to bring these to the attention of your veterinarian as soon as they start to develop. We will check your pet for medical problems which may be contributing to the behaviors. If none are found, we can guide you in the proper training and behavior modification techniques to help your pet overcome his or her issues.
Because behavior issues often are complicated, we work closely with professional dog trainers and veterinary behavior specialists to develop a treatment plan for your pet. Sometimes this plan may involve drug therapy (at least temporarily), while other times training alone is curative.
As part of our puppy and kitten visits, we spend a great deal of time discussing pet training and obedience. We believe that proper training at an early age will prevent many behavior problems later in life.
Please contact us at your earliest convenience if you suspect your pet is developing a behavior problem, or if you are sure there is already a problem. We will do our best to help your pet become a happy family member again!