Sadly, too many pets are neglected,
abused, abandoned to back yard jails, surrendered to the
streets, and euthanized in shelters due to pet behaviors that
are unwanted and misunderstood.
Most behavior problems occur
because people have accidentally taught the pet to pester them
or have confused the pet with punishment. When pets become
anxious, and cannot predict outcomes, it is difficult for them
Veterinarians treat behavioral problems
working with veterinary behavior consultants to support the
modification education and to recommend behavioral medicines. Not
every behavior problem needs a medical work up or medical
Behaviors that typically do not indicate
a medical workup include aloof/independent,
climbing curtains, roaming, and up on counters.
The first step for the following behavior issues is a medical workup
to rule out physical illness or discomfort: aggressive (including biting),
destructive to household, excessive grooming, excessive vocalization, fearful, fighting,
finicky, hissing, hyperactive,
inappropriate elimination, obsessive compulsive
scratching, stalks owner.
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