DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR PET’S BEHAVIOUR?
Barking or destructive behaviours
Noise or storm phobia
Geriatric cognitive changes
Fearful or anxious behaviours
Aggression towards other animals
Aggression towards people
Geriatric cognitive changes
WE’RE HERE TO HELP!
Dr. Chloe has a particular interest in behavioural medicine and is currently completing further studies in this area. She offers a behavioural consultation service to help you problem solve those frustrating issues that are straining the relationship you have with your pet.
Gathering information on the problem
Veterinary behaviour medicine is a complex and constantly evolving field, so getting to the bottom of a behaviour problems can take time!
Prior to your visit, a detailed history is obtained by filling out our questionnaire which details your pet’s history, along with details of the problem behaviour(s). The questionnaire can take some time to fill in, and different family members may have different information/aspects to contribute. For this reason we suggest that you start filling in the questionnaire well in advance. Please email a scanned copy of your questionnaire or drop it in to the clinic during business hours.
It is also very helpful to provide us with video or audio recordings of the pet at home. If videoing your pet’s behaviour, please do not put the animal in a position where it shows any signs of aggression – as this will only worsen the problem.
This may involve rigging up a laptop or Gopro to film the area where they spend most time when you leave home. Call the clinic for advice on how to do this.
Helpful things to film include:
- Your pet’s ‘normal’ behaviour around the home. Particularly their interactions with different family members and other pets within the home.
- Their behaviours as you prepare to leave the home as well as footage of their behaviour after you leave. This is particularly important if you suspect you pet is anxious while you are not home (e.g. they are barking, digging, escaping or being destructive during your absence).
3. Any behaviour that you perceive to be problematic (e.g reactivity towards other dogs on lead, tail chasing, jumping up, etc).
Videos are extremely helpful for interpreting the motivation behind your pet’s behaviour- the more you get the better! Please bring these videos with you on the day of the consultation.
What does the consultation involve?
The initial consultation will take at least an hour and will be an opportunity for Dr. Chloe to observe your pet’s behaviour, assess their overall health, and gather further information about the issue. During this consultation, we will give some initial recommendations on how to manage the issue, demonstrate some basic exercises to try at home, and dispense medications if necessary.
Following the initial consultation, if there is sufficient information to formulate a diagnosis, Dr.Chloe will formulate report outlining the behavioural diagnoses and her treatment recommendations. Occasionally, we will need to get you to gather more information (journal, videos, etc) before this report can be finalised.
If necessary, we will schedule a follow up appointment to go through these recommendations with you in person.
How much will a consultation cost?
The cost of a behavioural consultation is $200 which includes your initial extended consultation and any follow up calls required to finalise the diagnosis and treatment report. This cost also includes a follow up call with the nurse to see how things are tracking with your pet’s treatment. If there are any concerns, they will recommend a review with Dr. Chloe.
Are there any other potential costs?
We recommend a follow up consultation 6-8 weeks after the initial consultation to review how your pet is responding to the treatment plan and to make changes to the plan, if needed. The cost of a follow up consultation is $55.40. Depending on the situation, this consultation may be in person or over the phone.
It is important to rule out underlying medical issues that may be contributing to unwanted behaviours. It is also important to check liver and kidney function prior to initiating behavioural medications. For this reason, a blood test may be indicated. This costs $119-209 depending on your pet’s age and health status. If your pet requires medications long- term, it is a legal requirement that they see a vet every 6 months at a minimum to repeat the prescription. It is also recommended to repeat their blood test every 12 months to screen for renal or liver problems that may affect their dosing regimen.
Can all problems be managed in- house?
Just like with physical health problems, some mental health conditions are more complex than others and require referral to a more specialised consultant.
If your pet’s mental health concern(s) are particularly complex, or pose a public health concern, we may recommend your pet is referred to Sydney Animal Behavioural Service. SABs is run by one of Australia’s leading veterinary behavioural specialists. Seeing a specialist will give your pet the best possible chance of achieving rapid improvements in their behaviour. The clinic is based in Seaforth, Sydney, though consultations by Skype or phone can be arranged if necessary.