CANINE AND FELINE BEHAVIOR CONSULTATIONS
Dr. Noel offers a special service that gives owners an opportunity to have a complete assessment of their cat or dog’s behavioral issues. These consultations are typically an hour long and involve a thorough history, a complete exam, full blood work, and a plan of action for beginning to correct the unwanted behavior. There is a behavior form (found on our website) that is to be filled out and submitted at least 3 days prior to your visit. Please feel free to bring in any videos or pictures that might help explain your pet’s behavior. If your dog is aggressive, please bring a muzzle with you or be prepared to put one on your dog once here. We ask that only the animal being assessed be brought to the appointment and only 1-2 adults accompany them. Obviously whoever brings the pet in should have intimate knowledge of the animal’s behavioral and health issues and be very involved with any treatment recommendations. A full write up of the visit and all treatment suggestions will be sent to you within a week of the visit.
A behavioral consult could include the following additional diagnostics and treatments – full blood work and urinalysis, resources and/or medication at an additional cost. Dr. Noel does not do house calls for behavioral consults. If for any reason it is advised that you have in-home help with your pet, Dr. Noel will recommend an appropriate referral. If your pet’s issues appear severe or particularly worrisome or complex, you may need to be referred to a specialist.
Common reasons for a behavioral consult include:
- Lack of self-control/lack of obedience
- Destructive habits
- Inappropriate urination or defecation
- Excessive vocalization/barking
Please give Dr. Noel a call today if your pet is experiencing any behavior problems to schedule an appointment.