Behavior problems are the number one cause of pets being euthanized in the United States. These issues can be a challenge to not only you and your pet, but also the veterinarian. Once we have ruled out that the behavior is related to an underlying medical issue, we can go through different steps that you can take with your pet to try and modify this unwanted behavior.
Common Behavioral Problems Treated by ACAH include:
- Age-related cognitive dysfunction - night walking, pacing, elimination mistakes, disorientation to environment.
- Aggression towards humans or other animals - Fear aggression, irritability, play aggression, redirected aggression, territorial behavior, house-hold inter-pet aggression.
- Compulsive and repetitive behavior - spinning, tail chasing, fly-snapping, shadow chasing, repetitive pacing, canine lick dermatitis, feline over-grooming or psychogenic alopecia, feline hyperesthesia.
- Fears and phobias - Thunderstorms, noise, automobile, change of environment and object fear.
- House-soiling and urine marking - House soiling, such as inappropriate eliminations involving feces, urine, or marking behaviors; it may also be anxiety-related, a form of social conflict, or underlying preferences or aversions
- Separation anxiety - Acute, chronic, barrier frustration, destructive behavior, excessive vocalizing.
- Unruly and destructive behavior - Jumping up, stealing food or objects, scratching or chewing furniture, jumping on counters or furniture, excessive vocalization, pulling on leash