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Some of the behavior conditions we have experience helping include:
  • Aversions to the litter box including both inappropriate urination and     defecation
  • Destructive behavior such as scratching of furniture or chewing of electrical cords
  • Compulsive behavior like excessive grooming or vocalization
  • Fears, particularly issues of household harmony among the four legged residents

  • Phobias of such situations as thunderstorm or loud noises
  • Anxieties such as separation anxiety or general anxiety disorders
  • Inappropriate urination or defecation
  • Learned behaviors such as barking, digging, guarding objects, or jumping up
  • Excessive grooming including lick granulomas

We can offer advice on early, mild cases of aggression, but more complicated or severe cases are best dealt with by a veterinary behavior specialist.  We have two different specialists we can work with if needed.  

Additional behavior services we offer include:
  • Pre-adoption/pre-purchase guidance for anticipated dogs, cats, or small pets
  • Puppy companion classes
  • Kitten companion classes
  • Preparing your pet for a new baby
  • Preparing your pet for addition of another pet
  • Preparing your pet for moving

We encourage you to talk with us about your pet’s behavior concerns no matter when the problem began.  However, with any behavior issue, it is most beneficial to talk to us early, before the problem has an opportunity to escalate.  The longer a problem exists, the more difficult it is to reverse.  

When you make an appointment specifically for a behavior problem, we will ask you to fill out a behavior history form, preferably before arriving.  If everyone in the household’s experiences are included, a better plan for helping our pet can be outlined.  Additionally, if you’re able to videotape the behavior and bring that with you to the appointment, this can be very helpful.  We welcome discussion of your pet’s behavior concerns anytime you have an appointment.  However, depending on the concern, it’s often necessary to schedule an appointment to dedicate to discussing your pet’s behavior.  

Behavior Consultation
Because of something they’ve learned inadvertently, many physically healthy pets are challenged by training or socialization issues.  Other pets have true psychological ailments such as phobias, anxiety disorders, or compulsive behaviors.  These can be due to underlying medical conditions, genetics, or neurological abnormalities.  By addressing your pet’s behavior issues, you are strengthening your relationship with them and increasing the quality of both your lives.
Woodridge Animal Hospital
(630) 985-3101
2009 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL  60517