Dogs can develop many behavioural changes during their lifetime, such as aggression and anxiety. These changes can be a result of many factors, including as a side effect of a medical issue. If you notice any unexplained changes in your pet’s behaviour, you should consider consulting a veterinarian. They will be able to discuss the behaviour change with you and try to narrow down the cause. Together, you can create a plan to fix the problem.
How can dog counsellors help?
Dog counsellors can definitely help improve a behavioural problem, however, sometimes the problem needs more than just proper training. If the behaviour is due to a medical condition, such as aggression stemming from being painful, you will need the help of a veterinarian. Some behaviours, like anxiety, may require medications to be kept under control.
What happens at the consultation?
During a behavioural consultation, a veterinarian will discuss your concerns with you. They will ask questions about your dog’s environment, history, health, any recent changes in the dog’s surroundings, etc., to try to narrow down the cause. A physical exam will take place to help determine if the cause of the behaviour could be medical. If they suspect a problem with your dog’s health, they may recommend diagnostics to confirm their suspicion. Once the veterinarian has a clearer idea of what may be causing the undesired behaviour change, they will discuss with you tips and tools to potentially correct it.
Will my pet insurance policy cover the cost of a consultation?
Every pet insurance company and policy is different. If you have questions regarding your coverage, please contact your pet insurance company.
What to expect after the consultation?
After the consultation, it is now your job to put the veterinarian’s recommendations to work! Changing a behaviour is often a long-term challenge, so everybody in the household must stay committed to fixing the problem. It is important to take it day by day and step by step, and recognize every small achievement you make with your dog on the road to success!