ABC can help improve your pets behavior by making the right diagnosis and intended treatment. Behavioral Counseling often goes hand-in-hand with an illness or injury that cannot be detected in the home.
Just as a person’s behavior and attitude can change for the worse when they’re sick, a dog or cat's behavioral problems may be the result of health issues and at ABC Animal and Bird Clinic we are completely aware of the relationship between these two crucial factors. Physical examination, treatment, and behavioral counseling are all connected. The following can be an observation influenced by their health:
How a diet can affect behavior
Your dog or cat could encounter a hormonal imbalance, some dog or cat breeds are prone to an increase in thyroid abnormalities, for example. But, there are ways to easily and conveniently identify these abnormalities. Some of the symptoms of hypothyroid disease are fearfulness, aggression, loss of fur, and altered brain function. Treatment will often include a combination of both a special diet and medication. Consult your vet.
Cancer and dog or cat behavior
Diabetes, testicular and ovarian cancers can certainly affect behavior. A client of ours was experiencing aggression problems with her female cocker. Comprehensive tests and examinations ultimately showed her to have a tumor on one of her ovaries. The dog or cat eventually overcame her behavioral issues once she was spayed and underwent some additional training.
Parasites and dog or cat behavior
Parasites can create internal disorders and these are often the prime cause of behavior changes. Therefore regular deworming for parasites is essential, especially heartworm.
Tapeworm is more easily identified. It shows mainly first thing in the morning where it can be seen quite clearly and looks like moving white rice grains in the feces. Deworm your dog or cat regularly!
Some breeds can experience chronic bowel syndrome, pancreatitis and have food allergies. In fact, we often see dog or cat allergies that create skin problems and internal disorders and discomfort.
The discomfort from skin disease can initiate unpleasant behaviors. One dog/cat we worked with had severe skin allergies and, as a result, became very touch sensitive and aggressive.
Heart problems, bacterial and viral diseases, and stress can also play a part in affecting a dogs or cats behavior. Pain and discomfort is probably the most common reason for unwanted behavior. I'll start off by saying we do not behave as we normally would when we are feeling ‘under the weather’ or in pain, and your dog or cats is no different.
Dr. Kim Roset
Pet Behaivioral Counseling
Make an appointment today by calling your ABC animal and Bird Clinic in Sugar Land and Fort Bend veterinarians to help you address your pet's behavioral situation and find out more about Behavioral Counseling: (281) 495-9445 for appointments you can also fill the form below.