Behavioural problems are prevalent amongst our furry companions, which can sometimes create issues between human-animal relationships, or even between pets living in the same household.
At least 20% of dogs across Australia have some kind of anxiety issue, which is a similar rate to humans. However, unlike humans, mental health in our pets is often overlooked which can lead to further issues.
At Swan Street Vet, we have two veterinarians who have a strong interest in behavioural and mental health disorders. We will dedicate a 40 minute consultation for your pet as well as requiring a questionnaire to be filled out at least 48 hours prior to the consultation, so that the behavioural veterinarian can gain some insight from your perspective as the owner.
How do I know if my pet would benefit from a behavioural consultation?
Look for signs such as:
- Aggression or anti-social tendencies (not wanting to meet new people or pets)
- Hyperactivity or the inability to calm easily
- Separation anxiety
- Generalised fear or phobias
- Anxiety behavioural signs (licking lips, shaking, tail tucked between legs, etc.)
- Excessive vocalising
- Inappropriate urination (urinating in the wrong place, i.e. on the couch or on flooring)
- Destructive behaviour (ripping apart furniture, clothing, etc.)
At Swan Street Vet, we aim to make all visits for your pet as smooth and comfortable as possible. An American based company known as ‘Fear Free’ have developed an education system to assist veterinary professionals in preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in pets, by inspiring and educating the people who care for them, like us! Swan Street Vet is officially a ‘Fear Free’ certified practice, meaning we have the tools, protocols and knowledge to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in patients throughout the clinic. These techniques are implemented from the consultation, right through to our hospital patients or even our boarding cats in the Kitty Condos! Wherever possible, our Fear Free certified staff will aim to make sure your pet feels as comfortable as possible while visiting Swan Street Vet. In some situations, our loved ones may benefit from additional assistance, such as through behavioural consultations or through environmental enrichment or possibly medication. However, we will communicate with you to ensure we develop a plan that works for us, for you and for your pet too.
Early intervention is optimal, so if you suspect your pet might benefit from a behavioural consultation with one of our dedicated vets, then please contact Swan Street Vet on (03) 9111 0000.