Veterinary behavioural medicine (VBM) is a branch of veterinary medicine that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in animals.
Behavioural problems are medical conditions and often due to neurochemical imbalances in the brain. If your pet is showing signs of behavioural problems it is important to get them assessed. Treatment is effective and can help rebuild the bonds between owner and pet.
In dogs, the most common reason for seeing a Veterinary Behaviourist is because of:
- Aggression towards family, strangers or other dogs.
- Lack of Self-Control
- Strange and obsessive Behaviours
Cats are presented to us mostly for:
- Litter box troubles and spraying
- Aggression towards people and other cats
Birds too can suffer from high anxiety. This is often shown through feather plucking or being excessively noisy. Many bird behaviour problems can be managed by paying attention to housing and routine but some are so severe that they need to be seen by a veterinary behaviourist.