Pet Behavioral Consultations

Animals experience stress, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders just like humans. We can help you implement a behavioral modification program for your pet, and prescribe medication if needed.

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Pet Behavioral Consultation FAQs

  • Does my pet need medication for their behavioral issue?

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    Anti-anxiety medication can help certain pets who suffer from stress and anxiety-related issues, but it’s not necessarily needed in all situations. Our doctors will examine your pet and discuss their behavior and history with you in depth, to advise whether medication is appropriate for them. Alternatives to medication can include calming aids, such as calming collars, pheromone diffusers and anti-anxiety aids such as the Thundershirt.

  • Can you prescribe anti-anxiety medication for my pet?

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    Yes, if our doctors believe that anti-anxiety medication will be helpful for your pet, we can prescribe it for them.

  • Will my pet need anti-anxiety medication forever?

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    Not necessarily. Sometimes anti-anxiety medication can be helpful at the start of a treatment or training program, and eventually your pet may not need it anymore. Other pets may require medication only before an event or stimulus that is particularly triggering for them, whilst others may benefit from daily medication. Our doctors will advise on the best treatment plan for your pet.

  • My pets aren’t getting along. What should I do?

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    It can be difficult to deal with pets who don’t get along, and when introducing a new pet to the household, existing pets may become territorial. Our doctors can help you come up with a training plan for both pets to help, which may include: separate areas of the house for each pet divided by a baby gate, separate feeding areas and times, separate toys, introducing clothing or bedding with each pet’s scent to the other pet’s area to help them acclimatize, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation such as puzzle food toys, spending lots of time cuddling and playing with each pet separately, and using a water spray bottle and loud clapping to separate pets if necessary. It’s also important to work on obedience training and reinforce positive behaviors with plenty of treats and praise. Your pets may also benefit from calming aids such as pheromone collars or diffusers.

  • My pet has had this problem for years. Should I give up?

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    No! Even if your pet has struggled with a behavioral issue for a long time, there are always new tactics we can try. The positive benefits of treating a behavioral issue extend not just to your pet, but yourself and any other pets or family members in the household. All of you will lead a calmer, happier life if you can successfully treat your pet’s behavioral issue, so it’s important to keep hope and to keep trying to help your pet.

  • Can you recommend a dog trainer?

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    Yes, we can! We highly recommend Yuruani Olguin Dog Training. Here at Small Door Veterinary, we’ve worked with Yuri on numerous occasions, and can strongly recommend her. She uses positive reinforcement-based, force-free techniques and offers private in-home training and group classes throughout Manhattan, and parts of Brooklyn and Queens. We regularly host training classes run by Yuri at Small Door – keep an eye out for further details in our newsletters.

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