All CAPBT behaviourists liaise with your vet to ensure that your pet’s problems are behavioural and do not have any medical elements contributing to it.
Why is this important?
Whilst most problems do not have a medical cause, it is important to ensure, as far as possible, that any such problems are dismissed or treated. Problems may range from abscesses, hip pain, thyroid or skin problems for instance.
There may be times where your vet wishes to progress with the behavioural process in conjunction with medical treatment.
Your vet is concerned about your dog’s overall health. Behaviour Therapy is concerned with your pet’s emotional health. It is therefore important for your vet to be kept informed regarding any process which looks at your pet’s health and wellbeing. Occasionally, you will be referred back to your vet for further help.
An appointment will be made for you either at one of the behaviourists' regular clinics or in your own home. The initial consultation will usually last 1 - 2 hours. The behaviourist will take a history of the problem and your pet’s behaviour will be assessed before providing an individual behaviour modification program specifically for you.
CAPBT members work in close co-operation with your veterinary practice and will keep them informed of any progress and developments throughout. You will receive a report detailing the agreed plan and it may be necessary to arrange one or more further appointments.