The Mission of Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants
Behavior problems in pets are one of the more common reasons for owners to relinquish their companions. Activities such as aggression and anxiety based behaviors often result in a break down of the bond that exists between pets and people. Our behavior practice is committed to assisting pet owners in re-establishing that bond.
Chicago Veterinary Behavior Consultants concentrates primarily on the treatment of behavior difficulties in companion animals (dogs, cats and pet birds). Our goal is to identify problem behaviors and differentiate normal behaviors which are inappropriate for the situation versus abnormal behavior. Diagnosis is based mainly on history, observation of the pet directly or through videotape and any needed laboratory testing (performed either by your veterinarian or at the time of the appointment with our practice). Treatment can involve behavioral and environmental modification as well as the judicious use of anti-anxiety medication when indicated.
Typical behaviors we are presented with include:
- Anxiety related disorders (such as separation
anxiety) and phobias (thunderstorm and noise phobias).
- Compulsive Disorders (tail chasing, flank licking, light chasing, etc.).
- Elimination Problems (Housesoiling, marking, litter box issues)
- Aggressive Behaviors of Dogs and Cats
Diagnosis is based on:
- Physical Examination
- Laboratory Evaluation