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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine

As another branch to our holistic approach, we also practice behavioral medicine, including both routine recommendations for optimal mental/emotional wellness for your pet as well as more intensive interventions when behavior problems have become a concern.

If your pet is experiencing a behavior problem, whether it’s debilitating fear, dangerous aggression, or something else entirely, you need to address it sooner rather than later.  Most people know this, but still find it difficult to do, because behavior problems in our pets tend to be paralyzing for us humans.  This is both common and understandable, but if you are experiencing this hesitation, please know that once you begin to address the problem, both your life and your pet’s life will get better.

Some pets need nothing more than a referral to a competent trainer, while others need more intensive help.  If you aren’t sure which is needed for your pet, please contact us and we’ll be happy to steer you in the right direction.

If your pet needs a more intensive work-up, the process starts with a thorough, extended consult with Dr. Pearson (plan to be here for about two hours!).  During this consult, she will investigate the source of the problem, including ruling out medical problems (such as chronic pain) that can cause or exacerbate a behavioral problem.  Once a diagnosis is reached and discussed, she will help you to understand what needs to be done to address it.