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BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS IN DOGS

(adapted from Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals - Overall)

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

Some of the behaviour problems seen in dogs are:-

  • Attention seeking behaviour
  • Destruction
  • Barking / howling / speaking
  • Roaming
  • Fence running / fence fighting
  • Digging / escaping / fence jumping
  • Mouthing
  • Coprophagia
  • Rolling in scents
  • Mounting and masturbation
  • Maternal neglect / aggression / infanticide / cannibalism
  • Excessive water consumption
  • Plant eating
  • Pica / stone chewing
  • Reintroduction after hospitalisation
  • Car sickness
  • Chasing bicycles / skateboards / rollerblades / cars
  • Hyperactivity
  • Diet problems
  • Breed specific problems (greyhounds, herding dogs, etc)

Everyone wants to prevent behaviour problems. Behaviour problems and conditions are the biggest killer of pets. Prevention of behaviour problems is not as simple as education. Education and follow up are only two of the factors that contribute to prevention of problems. Other factors include obtaining the type of pet and specific pet that best fits into the household and understanding the genetic basis of the problems.

Most dogs do not live to their full age potential with the average age of dogs in Australia estimated to be only 3.5 years. Each year about 20% of urban dogs are surrendered to pounds.
Factors that lead to dogs being surrendered to a shelter are:

  • the dog has not attended puppy or obedience classes;
  • being sexually intact;
  • eliminating inside regularly; and
  • not receiving appropriate veterinary attention.
  • Incorrect choice of pet,
  • unrealistic expectations of the dog, and
  • an ignorance of the time, money and effort required to be a responsible pet owner

The most common problems apart from aggression, include digging, jumping up, barking, destructiveness and chewing. These behaviours can be modified.
The behaviour an animal exhibits at any time is influenced by three main factors, which are:

  • an animal's genetically inherited tendencies or predisposition to exhibit a particular behaviour;
  • the animal's previous experience and what it has learnt; and
  • the particular environment at the time.

It has been shown that puppies which were isolated from all human contact until 16 weeks of age failed to interact with each other, with humans or play with toys when they first emerged from isolation. To develop into normal, friendly and confident adults, puppies need regular handling and to be exposed to many new and novel situations, within the first 12 weeks of life. Puppies that are not exposed to other dogs during the socialisation period are likely to develop aggressive or fearful responses to other dogs.

The importance of puppy training cannot be underestimated. The highest reason for euthanasia in dogs is the failure to train appropriately.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on (03) 9700 0857 or (03) 9700 1307 to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.