We love our pets. They are part of our family.
But when they behave in ways that negatively affect our lives, bother our loved ones or even put others in danger, it becomes stressful, frustrating and difficult to live with them and can significantly affect and damage the bond and relationship we have with them.
Behavioural problems can result from underlying fear, anxiety, stress, genetic or learned components and medical conditions and can be complex to evaluate.
A Veterinary Behaviourist is in the unique position to diagnose both behavioural conditions and medical conditions that can cause or affect a pet’s behaviour. Oftentimes, training alone will not solve the problem and we require a different approach.
German Veterinary Clinic is the first in the region to offer a comprehensive Veterinary Behaviour Service so we can address not only the physical, but also the mental and emotional health of your pet.
GVC’s Owner and Head Veterinarian, Dr Katrin Jahn, is a resident in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine of both the European as well as American College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine, the first veterinarian in the Middle East to specialize in this field.
So, how does it work?
The first step is to book a Behaviour Consultation with Dr Katrin.
Consultations usually last for around 2 hours in order to provide enough time to gather a comprehensive history, observe your pet’s behaviour, discuss your concerns and goals in detail and then arrive at a diagnosis and develop a tailor made and achievable treatment plan.
Our treatment methods are based on scientific evidence and research and consist of environmental modification, appropriate behaviour modification techniques as well as owner education to provide an ethical, punishment free, welfare compatible way of approaching your pet’s behaviour.
If medical underlying causes are suspected, these can be addressed immediately, and suitable medical treatment will be recommended.
Veterinarians are able to address behaviour problems from a species-specific and developmental perspective with a focus on understanding your pet’s body language and communication style and are able to use appropriate, individually tailored medications, pheromones and nutraceuticals to best help your pet where necessary.
Your pet will never be subjected to methods that include punishment, startling, hurting, scaring or shocking them. We can alleviate undesirable behaviours in pets while treating them with the kindness, gentleness, respect and admiration they deserve.
Our aim is to help your pet become the very best pet they can be and to support and, if necessary, restore your relationship with your pet!
Some of the behaviour problems we can help with include:
- Destructive behaviors
- Fears, anxieties, and phobias
- Separation anxiety
- Elimination problems
- Unruly or uncontrollable behaviour
- Training difficulties
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Behaviour changes due to disease or pain
- Repetitive or compulsive disorders
- Puppy or kitten preventative visits
- Pre-selection consultation
- Preparing for life events
Dr Katrin can help with problem behaviours in dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more, so please get in touch if you have a pet of a more unusual species that is exhibiting behaviours you are concerned about.
Know more about our Pet Behaviour Services here.