Unlike other veterinary problems pets develop, behaviour issues are often best observed in the comfort of the pet’s home or other familiar environments where they and their owners are most at ease. Behaviour issues displayed in a pet’s comfort zone can be captured by video, allowing our veterinarian to analyse the true behavioural concerns at hand.
In a clinic setting, animals may behave differently – they are often anxious and this can mask some of the underlying issues. For this reason, we are happy to offer virtual consultations over Zoom. Alternatively, consultations can be arranged in-person at our office located at 161 MacLaren Street in Ottawa, Ontario. Our office is not set up like a general practice clinic, but rather as a living room, offering pets a home-like environment for consultations. 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.