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Behavioural Counselling for Pets

Many people hear “behavioural counselling” and assume it’s only for pet’s who are aggressive. That is not true! Behavioural counselling is an opportunity to get to know your pet and treat psychological issues that affect their attitude. Your pet may have a traumatic past. As a result, they may not feel comfortable around other people and animals. Our consultations teach them healthy ways to cope. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to provide a safe home for your pet. That includes giving them support to mentally adjust. To book a behavioral consultation for your pet call us at 403.984.4143.

What kind of behaviour would my pet need to improve?

We genuinely believe in and respect the individual personalities that pets display. However, there are some attitudes that cannot be tolerated. Separation anxiety and aggression are common behaviours that need to be treated. If you’re out often or work late, your pet may chew up items or relieve themselves in places that they shouldn’t. If your pet struggles to socialize because they’re territorial, it will be unsafe for other animals in the community. Getting your pet into behavioural consultations as soon as possible makes it easier for us to tackle their problems together.

What is causing my pet to have behavioural issues?

The reasons behind your pet’s attitude varies. During our consultations we like to talk to pet owners about their home, the pet’s routine and the pet owner’s lifestyle. These answers reveal a lot. If the pet is adopted or fostered, they may have developed stress from living in an unstable environment. If the pet had past injuries, that could explain their aversion to certain activities. Sometimes our discussion reveals that your pet just needs some extra stimulation, which means more play time, socializing or physical activity. When we examine pets, especially cats, we’re able to find irritations they may be concealing. Bringing them in for a consultation allows us to treat medical issues that are not visible.

Last updated: August 24, 2021

Dear Clients,

Based on the most recent COVID-19 precautions announced by our provincial government, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Rocky Ridge Pet Hospital