Whether it’s a simple house-training issue or something more serious, like aggression, unwanted pet behavior can be stressful for everyone. The experienced team at Clermont Animal Hospital can help restore peace and balance back into your home.
One of the most common concerns we deal with here at Clermont Animal Hospital is anxiety. Just like humans, our pets can experience anxiety. While this emotion is normal to some degree, when it is extreme or left untreated, it can lead to behavior and other problems. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety in a companion animal may include the following:
Sometimes an otherwise happy and healthy pet may experience a severe emotional reaction whenever he or she is left alone. This is known as separation anxiety, and it may manifest itself in many undesirable ways, including urinating and/or defecating in the house, barking incessantly, and destroying furniture or other household items.
The key to overcoming animal behavior issues is identifying the exact problem. First, we must rule out any potential medical causes. Many ailments have symptoms that can be mistaken for bad behavior. For instance, a cat that urinates outside the litter box may not be acting out but may actually be experiencing a health issue.
Once we’ve got a clean bill of health, the next step is pinpointing the behavior we’re dealing with. This is critical because in many cases, a bigger problem may manifest itself in smaller ways. We’ll work with you to determine precisely what the situation is so we can address it most effectively.
With a correct diagnosis in hand, the next step is developing a strategy for overcoming the behavior problem once and for all. There are a number of different ways we can approach a behavior issue. Whether it’s positive reinforcement, rewards, training, or something else, we’ll work with you to create a customized plan that gets results.
Don’t let unwanted behavior stand in the way of bonding with your pet. Contact Clermont Animal Hospital today to schedule a behavioral consultation and let us help you enjoy the loving, peaceful relationship you both deserve.