More pets are euthanized every day because of undesirable behaviors than from medical problems. The sad fact is that many of the behavioral problems could have been prevented or corrected if they had learned proper care techniques from their veterinarian or animal clinic. If only pet owners could have had the proper information and/or tools, in the beginning, these situations could have been avoided and our animal shelters would not be so full.
As pet owners, we learn about the physical requirements of pet health early: that they actually need a lot more from us than simply food, water, and shelter— that they require veterinary check-ups and preventative care to avoid parasites and other illnesses. But even those things, as important as they are, still don’t give pet owners the full picture.
Our pet hospital stresses that interactions with your pet, from basics like walking and feeding and playing, to socialization and training can be some of the most important and challenging aspects of pet health. While prospective pet owners may understand the monetary commitment to adding a new addition to their family, they may not be prepared for the social responsibility that comes with their new furry friend.
Common Behavior Problems in Pets, Dogs:
- Aggression towards people
- Aggression towards other dogs/pets
- Excessive barking/vocalization
- Destructive behavior
- Jumping on furniture
- Jumping on people
- Running away
- Fear of loud noises
- Stealing food items
- Eating feces
- Separation-related problems
Common Behavior Problems in Pets, Cats:
- Separation-related problems
Our goal at Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital is to provide our clients with the tools and information needed to raise a healthy and happy pet.
Many of the unwanted behaviors listed above are caused by a lack of knowledge or resources on the behalf of the pet owner. Young animals are often much easier to work with because they have not had a chance to learn undesirable behaviors, or they are still impressionable enough to correct bad ones. Though it is our goal to be involved from the beginning, sometimes it just is not possible, whether you adopted them after they were living in a less-than-ideal environment or if situations simply arose later in life. Whatever behavioral issues you may be having, at any stage of your pet’s life, our veterinary clinic will do what we can to help.
Some of the topics that we may discuss during pet visits include the following.
- Housing breaking/litter box training
- How to reduce food aggression
- Importance of handling feet, ears, mouth etc.
- Preventing biting
- Preventing destructive behavior
- Crate training
- Importance of puppy classes and when to start
- Importance of obedience training and when to start
- Puppy Socialization Classes and Basic Obedience Classes
Our animal hospital provides client education articles that discuss many of these behavioral conditions. Go to the library page of our website and choose the behavior, click on canine or feline and type in the topic of your concern.
A well socialized and obedient dog will be a happy member of the family.
The key to good social pet health is preventing bad behaviors before they start. If you are having a problem that isn’t mentioned please ask us about it. If we don’t have the answer we will direct you to someone who can help.
For the local pet owners of Gulf Breeze, Tiger Point, Pensacola Beach, Navarre, and Midway, Florida, please make an appointment with us today so that we can help you create that everlasting bond with your pet.