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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral medicine was added to the services offered at Oradell Animal Hospital in 2002. Our goal is to assist clients whose pets suffer from behavioral problems that non-medicinal training would not control. Consultations are designed to help you understand why your companions are suffering, and assist in reestablishing positive mental health.

Dogs and cats can suffer from a multitude of ailments ranging from severe phobias to aggressions. The first step in controlling these issues is understanding the “what and why” of each situation. Proper diagnosis dispels myths in behavior. It is common for a pet owner to assume that their pet is just being spiteful when in fact they may have a behavioral problem. We strive to help our clients learn the real reasons for their pets behavior and then find realistic options for a treatment plan.

Common behaviors include:

Dogs: aggressions, fears, phobias, housetraining difficulties, compulsiveness
Cats: house soiling, marking, aggression, fears, phobias

Consultations range between 1 ½ – 2 hours and include a review of your pets history, evaluation, diagnosis, and development of a treatment plan.

Types of treatment plans include:

  • Behavior modification
  • Medication
  • Environmental changes
  • Medical recommendations

Behavior cases should be seen by your referring veterinarian first in order to rule out any medical issues.