Behaviour can be affected by many factors and can be altered by changes in the brain. These may be only tiny changes, however they may influence the strength of particular neural pathways in such a manner as to allow an animal to become susceptible to various emotional responses.
Because the brain affects other parts of the body, a veterinarian may refer a client a veterinarian who performs thorough veterinary behaviour consultations, so their pet can receive further investigation towards a diagnosis, management and treatment.
It is recommended that your general practice veterinarian investigates all possible physical causes for the behaviour problem prior to referral. Any illness in the rest of the body can also affect the brain as well as decrease an animal’s ability to cope in some situations, eg. medical disease and pain can cause or exacerbate behaviour changes. Even if the behaviour problem has been developing over many years, it is worthwhile knowing that there is no chronic disease process that needs to be addressed as well.
We therefore recommend any patient coming for behaviour therapy receive a full clinical examination with their veterinarian prior to behaviour consultation. Ideally blood testing and urine testing should also be undertaken.
It is possible to have a behaviour consultation without these diagnostics; however, if any underlying medical disease is present that also requires treatment, the response to behaviour therapy is likely to delayed, diminished, or therapy may even fail due to the underlying illness being an important causative factor in the development of the behaviour problem.
When you are ready to work towards helping your pet with the behaviour problems it is exhibiting, please follow the appropriate link below and take the time to fill out the online questionnaire.
Once the questionnaire has been assessed, you will receive a telephone call so that we can arrange a consultation time together.