Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants pet owners to enjoy a very special bond with their pets. We understand that a well-behaved pet can be taken most anywhere so they can participate in and enjoy any of the family’s activities. We also know that inappropriate behavior is the number one reason pets are abandoned or euthanized. Most behavioral problems of dogs and cats can be effectively managed with appropriate advice. Sometimes medications can be helpful to relieve anxiety and fear. Our veterinarians are able to provide behavioral counseling to head off problems in pet behavior and provide pet owners with the tools they need to gently and efficiently train their pets.
With our years of experience and advanced formal education, our veterinarians can provide new pet owners with training tips to encourage puppies to grow into calm and obedient adults. Through use of rewards-based training techniques, puppy owners can condition their pets in house-training and to respond to a variety of commands that will keep their puppy safe and allow them to relate to their families and the conditions that surround them.
Because of a cat’s unique need to have a stimulating environment, training can take on a different feel. However, kittens can be gently trained to use their litter box, and by providing proper training and an appropriate environment, cat owners can avoid a number of adult cat behavior and health issues.
Anxiety, Fears & Aggression
Some pet behaviors stem from separation anxiety. Pets who are at home or left alone for longer periods of time tend to experience anxiety. Sometimes this anxiety is due to the pet feeling a need to protect his or her owner or simply the need to know where the rest of the "pack" is. The doctors of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital frequently treat separation anxiety and will work with you to apply the best solutions for your pet.
Noise fears (phobias) are another common behavioral issue our doctors can treat. Some pets find thunder, fireworks, or other loud noises to be frightening and it can cause them to show their fear through destructive behaviors. There are steps that pet owners can take to alleviate these phobias and to treat and train their pets to overcome destructive responses.
There are many different types of pet aggression, and all cases should be assessed first by a veterinarian to make sure that the behavior is not due to pain or illness. A pet suffering from pain will respond to protect itself, and this type of behavior will often subside or be eliminated once the pain or illness is addressed.