Behavioral Counseling

At Bristol Veterinary Hospital, we firmly believe in treating your pet with a wholeness approach. That’s why we proudly offer a wide range of behavioral counseling services to help ensure your animal is as happy and happy as possible.

What Are Examples of Pet Behavioral Problems?

Pet behavioral problems show up in a number of ways. Thankfully, most are correctable by making just a few simple changes in your household and/or routine. A few examples of common pet behavioral problems we see at Bristol Veterinary Hospital include:

  • Anxiety Issues (Separation Anxiety, Anxiety Caused by Other Pets)
  • Excessive Barking
  • Obsessive Chewing or Destruction of Items
  • Digging
  • Urinating, Defecating, or Spraying
  • Aggression (Biting, Snapping, Growling, Hissing, Scratching)
  • Fearfulness

These behaviors are usually caused by an underlying source. Our Bristol Veterinary Hospital team is dedicated to helping you uncover the issue—whether situational or related to a health condition. For example, excessive biting and scratching might be associated with a skin condition or an allergic reaction to food ingredients.

In some cases, the issue might be with a new pet you’ve recently adopted. Many behavior problems associated with a previous household or past incidents of trauma to the animal are corrected in a few weeks. However, it is still very important to get the advice of a veterinary professional to learn how to correct the behavior appropriately and permanently.

What is Pet Behavioral Counseling?

Behavioral counseling for your pet is simple and usually involves discussion the issue with a trained veterinarian about what’s going on at home. From there, suggestions are made to help reverse the behavior and identify any root cause. Often, the required change is simple and requires only a small amount of effort or a bit of consistent training on your part. Most pet owners see results within a few weeks to a month, but others might need a bit of additional guidance.

Ready to learn more about pet behavioral counseling services? Contact our Bristol Veterinary Hospital team today to schedule an appointment.