Helping Your Pet Stay on Their Best Behavior
It’s important to enroll your pet in training classes when they’re still young, but certain unwanted behaviors may occur regardless of pet training. Maybe your animal companion has been marking in the house, barking incessantly during the night, or chewing up the furniture. There could be a number of reasons why they’re being difficult and/or destructive—at Whitney Veterinary Hospital, we’ll work to isolate the problem and correct it.
What Causes Bad Behavior in Pets?
Undesirable pet behavior can be a difficult area to treat, because it’s not as straightforward as removing a tumor or curing an illness. Many different factors can lead to unwanted behaviors in pets, including:
- Thunderstorms and fireworks (and other loud noises)
- Other animals in the house
- Lack of socialization
Correcting Your Pet’s Behavior Issues
If your pet is causing trouble at home due to their behavior, we recommend that you make an appointment to meet with your veterinarian. Only by examining your pet, discussing their lifestyle, and evaluating their background can we make conclusions and help them to become a happier, more pleasant companion in your home. We’ll take time to discuss all of your concerns so we can make a clear assessment, and then lay out a plan.
Several of our doctors have experience working with cats and dogs to understand their behavior. Dr. Roe has special interest in feline behavior, and Dr. Hayes has experience in pet obedience training. Our goal is to fully understand the situation and find a mode of treatment that works. Medication may be necessary for cases of anxiety. For major behavior issues, such as life-threatening aggression, a behavior specialist is needed.
We’re Here to Help You
Your safety, and that of your pet, are our #1 concerns when handling behavior cases. We want your pet to be a happy, secure member of your family, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that. If your pet is showing signs of problematic behavior, please call us right away at (309) 685-4707. You don’t have to handle this alone.