Pet Matters- Good Behavior=Great Pets!

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 aggressionSeparation 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:

  1. Early Intervention – as with most problems, the sooner it is addressed, the easier it will be to correct.
  2. Seek help from a veterinarian experienced with treating behavior  problems.
  3. Be prepared to change your ways – behavior modification is needed for the pet and its owners.
  4. 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

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1 Response to Pet Matters- Good Behavior=Great Pets!

  1. lucyluton says:

    Good post – it’s a shame people feel they can’t manage with their pets, and a crying shame that they might get put down 😦

    Sometimes the simplest things can help:

    When we got our cat she started urinating everywhere after a few days which was difficult in our small house. One night I went downstairs at night and found that another cat had got in through the cat flap and was marching around as if it owned the place! It turned out lots of neighbourhood cats came in in the evening and upset her and stole her food – we’d never known. We got her one of those cat flaps that responds to her microchip and only opens for her. Immediately the urinating stopped and hasn’t started again.

    She also bites the corners off all of my magazine pages, but I can live with that 🙂

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