Good Behavior = Great Pets!
In the United States, approximately 1.25 million dogs and 1.5 million cats are euthanized each year. Between 30 and 50 percent of these pets are lost because of some form of behavioral problem that their owners can’t tolerate. About 70% of behavior issues in dogs relate to some form of aggression. Separation anxiety accounts for another 25%. In cats, inappropriate urination and clawing damage are frequent problems.
Many of these pets and their family relationships can be saved using the following guidelines:
- Early Intervention – as with most problems, the sooner it is addressed, the easier it will be to correct.
- Seek help from a veterinarian experienced with treating behavior problems.
- Be prepared to change your ways – behavior modification is needed for the pet and its owners.
- Use medications as prescribed at your behavior consultation.
Compared to the heartache, anxiety and loss of a friend the cost of a behavior consultation is small. If you’re experiencing problems, call to schedule a consultation today.
Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM