Behaviour Consultations

Unfortunately behaviour problems are relatively common in both dogs and cats and are one of the most common reasons for rehoming and euthanasia. As a Veterinary surgeon with a particular interest and further qualification in behaviour I am able to assess behavioural problems, formulate a behaviour modification protocol and in cases where it is required prescribe behavioural medications or advise your own vet on drug protocols and doses.

I am happy to see both canine and feline cases including but not restricted to aggression, fears and phobias, owner absent conditions (including separation anxiety), elimination (toileting) issues and repetitive behaviours (such as tail chasing, spinning, barking).

How to make an appointment

Please make an appointment with your own Veterinary Surgeon for your pet to have a full check over (this is to rule out any medical conditions which may be affecting your pets behaviour) and request a referral. Once we receive a referral request I will call you to discuss the case and arrange a consultation.

If you are a registered client with Harleigh Vets you can call to discuss the case with me or simply call in to collect a pre-consultation questionnaire. Once this is completed and returned I will contact you to discuss the case further and arrange a consultation.

What to expect

Prior to the consultation I will ask you to fill out a questionnaire giving me the background information that I will need about your pet. I will also obtain a copy of your pets medical history. Usually I prefer to carry out the consultation in your own home as this allows me to observe your pet’s behaviour in their own environment. However in some cases it will be preferable to meet at the practice.

I will go through the history with you using the questionnaire that you completed to give background information and guide my questioning. I will assess your pets behaviour throughout the consultation and their interactions with me and you. Depending on the case we may then use other techniques such as remote cameras to observe the animal’s response when we leave or stooge dogs to gauge a dog’s reaction to other dogs.

Once I have collected a full history and completed my observations I will discuss my findings with you and demonstrate the techniques that I recommend. You will be given a checklist to take away with the key points from the consultation and a full written report will follow. A copy of this report will also be forwarded to your Veterinary Surgeon.

You will then have free email and telephone support for as long as needed including regular calls from one of our nursing team to assess your progress.

Follow up appointments may be required either with me or with one of our nurses to work on specific points in the protocol.