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Behaviour Consultations

Unfortunately behaviour problems are relatively common in both dogs and cats and are one of the most common reasons for rehoming and euthanasia. As a Veterinary surgeon with a particular interest and further qualification in behaviour I am able to assess behavioural problems, formulate a behaviour modification protocol and in cases where it is required prescribe behavioural medications or advise your own vet on drug protocols and doses.

I am happy to see both canine and feline cases including but not restricted to aggression, fears and phobias, owner absent conditions (including separation anxiety), elimination (toileting) issues, repetitive behaviours (such as tail chasing, spinning, barking).

How to make an appointment

If you are a registered client with Castle Veterinary Group simply call in to collect a pre-consultation questionnaire. Once this is completed and returned I will contact you to discuss the case further and arrange a consultation.

If your pet is registered with another veterinary surgery please make an appointment with them for a full check over (this is to rule out any medical conditions which may be affecting your pets behaviour) and request a referral. Once we receive a referral request I will send you a questionnaire to complete and then on receipt of this will call to discuss the case and arrange a consultation.

What to expect

Depending on the case consultations may be carried out in your home or at the practice.  Often I prefer to carry out the consultation in your own home as this allows me to observe your pet’s behaviour in their own environment. However for some cases it is preferable to meet at the practice.

I will go through the history with you using the questionnaire that you completed to give background information and guide my questioning. Depending on the case we may then use other techniques such as remote cameras to observe the animal’s response when we leave or stuffed stooge dogs to gauge a dog’s reaction to other dogs.

Once I have collected a full history and completed my observations I will discuss my findings with you and demonstrate the techniques that I recommend. You will be given a checklist to take away with the key points from the consultation and a full written report will follow. A copy of this report will also be forwarded to your Veterinary Surgeon.