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Behavior Overview

According to the ASPCA website:

Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats)" nearly half of these are young animals owned for less than one year and relinquished because of behavior problems.

Behavior problems are the primary reasons given by the owner when pets are relinquished to shelters. Problem behaviors often begin as "cute" behaviors that are encouraged as kittens or puppies but become undesirable as the pets age. Problem behaviors weaken the bond between people and their pets and result in the increased likelihood that the pet will be surrendered to a shelter. Increased education about problem behaviors and their causes and treatment can save countless lives.

Medical Causes of Behavior Changes

  • Arthritis
  • Pain
  • Stress
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Senility
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bladder stones
  • And many, many more...

Most of these can easily be diagnosed by a veterinarian with a physical exam and some routine lab testing. Many of these medical conditions can be managed with medications or diet changes, especially if diagnosed early.

Contact us for an appointment today:

Dr JD Warford
Phone: 877.669.8706
Fax: 877.669.8706
Email: hello@dcmetrovet.com

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Canine Behavior Problems

Click on any of the links below to get more information on symptoms, causes, and available treatments for your dog's specific behavior problem.

   

General Behavior
Causes and Diagnosis of Problems
Behavior Management Products
Behavior Modification
Behavioral Drug Therapy
Behavior Problems of Senior Pets
Moving with Your Dog
Play and Exercise
Children and Pets
Complementary Medications
Behavior Resources

Disruptive Behavior
Disobedient, Unruly and Excitable Behavior
Barking
Destructive Chewing
Destructive Digging
House-soiling
Marking
Submissive and Excitement Urination
Coprophagia
Compulsive Disorders
Compulsive Stereotypic and Displacement Disorders

Fear & Anxiety
Fears, Phobias and Anxiety
Fear - Animals and People
Fear - Noises and Places
Separation Anxiety
Storm and Fireworks Phobias - Immediate Guidelines
Storm and Fireworks Phobias - Treatment
Veterinary Office Anxiety
Settle Exercises
Handling and SOFT Exercises
T-Touch Method

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Aggression
Introduction to Aggressive Behavior
Overview and Diagnosis
Possessive Toy & Food Guarding
Sibling Rivalry
Territorial Aggression
Aggression Toward Unfamiliar Dogs
Aggression Toward Family Members

Training
Learn to Earn
Reinforcement - Learning and Rewards
Controlling Chase Behaviors
Controlling Jumping Up and Door Charging
Controlling Pulling Going for a Controlled Walk
Controlling Stealing and Teaching the Give Command
Crate Training
Head Halter Training
Muzzle Training
Elizabethan Collars
Training Control Products

Puppy Training
Pet Selection Guidelines
Getting Started Off Right
Neutering
Puppy Training Basics
Handling Food Bowl Excerises
House Training
Play Biting
Socialization and Fear Prevention
Puppy training - Come, Wait and Follow
Puppy training - Sit, Down, Stand and Stay

 

Feline Behavior Problems

Click on any of the links below to get more information on symptoms, causes, and available treatments for your cat's specific behavior problem.

   

General Behavior
Causes and Diagnosis of Problems
Keeping an Indoor Cat Happy
Moving with Your Cat
The Multi-Cat Household
Feline Obesity
Behavior Management Products
Behavior Modification
Feline Play Toys
Behavior Problems of Senior Pets
Children and Pets
Behavior Resources

Kitten Behavior Training
Pet Selection Guidelines
Feline Neutering
Introducing Your Kitten to a New Home
Play and Investigative Behaviors
Socialization and Fear Prevention
Using the Litterbox

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Aggression
Introduction to Aggressive Behavior
Play-Predation
Redirected Aggression
Aggression Toward Other Cats

Fear & Anxiety
Fears, Phobias and Anxiety
Feline Fears
T-Touch Method

Disruptive Behavior
Punishment
Vocalization
Scratching
Marking
House-Soiling
Chewing and Sucking
Compulsive Disorders
Nocturnal Activity

     

Schedule a Consultation

Currently we are only accepting new feline behavior patients. We recommend any canine inquiries contact a local veterinary behaviorist who can either schedule an appointment or make recommendations in your area.

http://www.veterinarybehaviorclinic.com/

If you need professional assistance with your cat's behavior problems or would like more information, please contact:

Dr JD Warford
Phone: 877.669.8706
Fax: 877.669.8706
Email: hello@dcmetrovet.com

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