If we were to ask you what it was you love about your pet, you could probably list a hundred little things that make you smile and warm your heart. But what about that one behavior that’s driving you crazy? Maybe it’s a house training problem, or that incessant barking. Perhaps it’s aggression or anxiety that is driving a wedge between you and your pet and making it difficult to form that all important human-animal bond. Whatever the problem, the team at Animal Hospital of River Oaks can help.

The key to overcoming bad pet behavior is determining what’s truly causing it in the first place. In many cases, the behavior you’re seeing is merely a symptom of a bigger problem. For instance, a pet that becomes destructive whenever he or she is left alone may actually be struggling with separation anxiety. Only when we get to the root of the problem can we effectively address and overcome it.

It’s also important that we rule out any medical causes for your pet’s negative behaviors. Many illnesses and diseases have symptoms that can easily be mistaken as bad behavior. For example, a pet that repeatedly has accidents in the house may not be doing so to act out, but may actually be suffering from a health problem, such as a urinary tract infection. We’ll need to rule these scenarios out before we can move forward.

Our team will assess your pet through a comprehensive exam and thorough analysis to determine what is triggering the bad behavior. Then, we can develop an appropriate plan of action to combat those bad habits most effectively. Some of the problem behaviors we can assist with include:

  • House Training Problems
  • Excessive Barking
  • Aggression
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Biting
  • Digging
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • More…

If your pet is acting out and you need help, you’re not alone. More importantly, we’re here to help! Together we’ll bring out the balanced, well-behaved member of the family we know your pet is capable of becoming!