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Amherst Veterinary Hospital constantly works to improve the health and wellbeing of your animals and because of this commitment, we now offer behavioral consultations for you and your pets. Consults include a thorough physical exam, an evaluation of your pet's history and laboratory screenings to insure that the problem is truly behavioral and not caused by an underlying medical condition. More than 50% of pets presented to the University of Pennsylvania Behavior Clinic have a pre-existing medical condition that needs to be addressed. Once medical concerns have been ruled out, we will then discuss the proper steps for behavior modification and possible pharmaceutical treatments. Our goal is to help you to enjoy a long and happy relationship with your pets.

Some of the behavioral issues affecting our pets include:

Storm Phobias

Separation Anxiety

Cognitive Dysfunction in aging pets

Feline Inappropriate Urination/Defication

Puppy and Kitten Development

If you feel your pet could benefit from this service, please contact us. Before we can begin the process of addressing your pet's behavioral problem, you will need to complete a behavior consultation questionnaire. Forms are available at the office or online (www.AmherstVetS.com) under the "New Patient Center" section. We need to receive the completed questionnaire at least 4 days prior to your appointment. You can bring the form in, fax it (434-929-2416) or send via email (BLuzaich@AmhersrVetS.com).

While we are able to help you with most behavioral problems, there remain some issues where referral to a board certified veterinary behavioral specialist may be required.