Behaviour

Should your pet develop a behaviour issue, our staff can help. We offer advice for small issues over the phone or at our reception desk, but major problems are more complicated as they may be the result of a medical problem, a behavioural issue, or even a combination of the two. Our veterinarians recommend a full examination including blood and urine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions first. If no underlying medical condition exists and the condition is solely behavioural, we recommend organising a behaviour consult with our Nurse Nina.

Nina is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and Qualified Dog Behaviour & Training with the NDTF (National Dog Trainers Federation) and a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). Nina will consult with the Veterinarian, work with the pet and client to form a therapy plan, and may need to visit your home to see your pet’s situation and behaviour where the problem is occurring. Nina will continue to provide support throughout the therapy process and make follow up visits if needed.

As with any illness, therapy can take time. All behaviour therapys need a dedicated owner’s involvement and long term commitment to maximise success. Medications are sometimes needed in the earlier stages of treatment to improve the pet’s ability to cope with changes.

We encourage clients to discuss all behaviour issues with us no matter how big or small. We can help you enjoy your pet and above all we want all pets attending Frenchs Forest Veterinary Surgery to be well adjusted and happy.

We understand behaviour problems can occur and that’s why we’re here to help!