Behavior Services

The Behavior Service at Guardian Veterinary Specialists provides care for dogs and cats affected by behavioral issues. Our board-certified veterinary behaviorist focuses on both prevention and treatment and is certified in methods ensuring she can provide a low-stress environment while rehabilitating a pet suffering from issues often related to anxiety.

What is the difference between a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and a dog trainer? While dog trainers can be a wonderful resource, dogs with complicated behavioral issues require an assessment that is beyond the scope of a trainer. Additionally, often these animals have underlying medical concerns that can exacerbate the behavior problems and treatment requires a doctor’s medical knowledge. Our behaviorist has completed years of clinical training and study. Using the latest tools, technologies, and treatments, her goal is to improve the quality of life and create harmony in households between pets and their owners.

Pets can suffer from debilitating anxiety and disorders that affect their behavior and cause fear-based issues. Without veterinary attention, many unwanted behaviors can be exacerbated, such as aggression with other dogs, elimination indoors, destructive behavior, and even unhealthy symptoms of stress which can lead to physical health problems. Our Behavior Service can assist with these situations through management exercises, behavior modification, and medication, if necessary.

The following behaviors may improve from seeing a veterinary behaviorist:

  • House Soiling
  • Destructive behavior
  • Marking territory
  • Hyperactivity
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs
  • Dominance behaviors
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Jumping up
  • Thunderstorm anxiety
  • General anxiety
  • Aggressiveness with humans or other animals

Guardian Veterinary Specialists offers the following behavioral services:

  • Treatment for pets exhibiting aggression
  • Management of anxiety in pets
  • Diagnosis and treatment of elimination disorders
  • Expert management of patients requiring combination drug therapy
  • Evaluation of puppies and kittens with behavioral concerns
  • Coordination of treatment for pets
  • Coordination of treatment for pets exhibiting multiple disorders