Unlike other veterinary problems pets develop, behaviour issues are often best observed in the comfort of the pet’s home or other familiar environment where they and their owners are most at ease. In a clinic setting, animals may behave differently – they are often anxious and this can mask some of the underlying issues. While it can be helpful to diagnose behaviour problems and work with families to treat and prevent them in the home environment, consultations can be arranged in other locations as well. Working with the pet’s primary care veterinarian and/or trainer is an important part of the process. Dr. Nicholson is available to work with pet owners, clinics, trainers, rescue groups and other individuals or groups who work with animals.
What are Behaviour Disorders
It turns out that many behavioural problems are anxiety based and therefore both a medical disease and an issue of animal welfare and quality of life. They require veterinary assessment and treatment to manage. This is in contrast to behaviours that are normal but socially undesirable such as digging, pulling on the leash and jumping up on people, which can generally be helped by qualified trainers who use positive, rewards-based methods.