Questions to Ask Your Vet About Your Dog’s Behavioral Issues

Every puppy is born with his or her own unique quirks, and a combination of instinct, environment, and training adds to that to produce patterns of behavior as he or she grows into an adult dog. Although nearly every dog has a few behaviors that the rest of their family could do without, how can you tell when your dog is just being mischievous and when you should be concerned about his or her behavior? If you’re worried about problem behaviors in your pup, ask your veterinarian these questions during your next appointment.

When should I be concerned about my dog’s behavior?

In most cases, behavioral problems are a concern in dogs when they put your pet or your family in danger. Behaviors such as obsessive biting and chewing of paws can cause injury and infections in your dog, while aggressive behavior means that your dog could injure you or even a stranger. These behaviors should all be reviewed with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Fearful and anxious behaviors should also be discussed with your veterinarian, as they can either indicate an underlying medical issue or simply be causing your dog to suffer.

What kinds of treatments are available?

Pet behavioral problems are best handled on a case-by-case basis. For some dogs, attending a training class may be all that is needed. Other dogs can benefit from working with a veterinary behaviorist. In some cases, dogs may need to take medications to ease anxiety and obsessive behaviors. Your veterinarian may recommend combining multiple treatment approaches to get the best results.

Can I prevent behavioral problems in my dog?

Early and consistent training can help to prevent behavioral issues in some cases. However, it is not always possible to prevent behavioral problems. Some dogs are predisposed to certain behaviors and conditions. Having a dog that needs behavioral help does not mean that you’ve been negligent as a pet parent.

Don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns you have about your pets’ behavior with your veterinarian at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We’re here to help your pet maintain the best possible health with preventative care, including pet dental services and treatment for acute and chronic conditions. Make an appointment today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

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