Behavioral Medicine

 

Illness doesn’t always have a physical cause. Here at Suttons Bay Animal Hospital, we are devoted to helping pet owners control undesirable pet behaviors. You pet’s behavior affects every interaction you have with him or her on a daily basis. Behavior dictates everything from mealtime to exercise time, to down time such as relaxing on the couch with other family members. Behavior is an important part of your pet’s care and can be a largely under-diagnosed medical issue. Behavior bonds threaten the bond you have with your pet by adding frustration, anger or sadness in the loving relationship that exists between you. In extreme situations behavior problems can lead to euthanasia or surrendering a pet to a shelter.

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Pets can have a wide variety of behavioral issues, from simple housetraining problems to severe anxiety and aggression issues. We are well qualified and experienced in diagnosing and addressing behavior problems with an approach that combines skills from veterinary clinical medicine, behavioral medicine and pet training. Our goals are to help pets and their owners live together comfortably, safely and to help restore the bond between pets and their families.

 

Dealing with behavior problems can be incredibly frustrating for pet owners. Some pet owners may blame themselves because their pet seems to have an emotional issue they do not know how to fix. Although behavior problems can result from emotional trauma or physical mistreatment, in many cases the problem can arise from simple misunderstandings or learned associations that were inadvertently established during training. In addition, several medical conditions can manifest in ways that mimic behavior problems.

 

Initial consultations can be done in the clinic or at home, based on your situation.  If you have a pet you need help with, call us today at (231) 271-4260 to set up your first consultation on the road to a healthy emotional life of your pet.