Your behaviour consultant will be able to advise if a veterinary consultation may be helpful for your dog, and generally we recommend a ‘First steps’ consultation with a Behaviour Consultant prior to the veterinary consultation. However, if your regular veterinarian or behavioural trainer suspects an underlying mental health problem then you may choose to begin with a veterinary consultation.
Our vets will review your dog’s behavioural and medical history, assess response to previous treatments, conduct relevant testing and establish a diagnosis related to the presenting problems.
Medications may be helpful in treating mental health disorders like compulsive behaviour, post traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders. In some conditions medications can significantly improve quality of life and facilitate behavioural change and can also aid in the successful implementation of behaviour modification strategies. Our vet may recommend changes to the behaviour modification plan and prescribe medication or supplements.
After your veterinary consultation you can then work with one of our behavioural consultants, or return to your behavioural trainer, to help you implement the behaviour modification and training component of the treatment plan.
You have the choice of seeing a Veterinarian – Non Specialist or a Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour. Our Non Specialist Behaviour Veterinarians have post graduate qualifications in, and/or experience, working behaviour cases in cats and dogs. They may also be in training to become a specialist. Their cases are supervised by our Behaviour Specialist. Our Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour has undertaken a 3 year behaviour residency at Purdue University in the USA, completed research, met other academic requirements and passed a rigorous examination process. That puts her near the top of the field. If this is your first behaviour appointment with a veterinarian you might like to see a Non Specialist. If you have already worked with a Veterinarian then the Specialist might be a better choice.