Behavior Medicine

Because behavior is one of the major causes of death in pets in the USA, we integrate behavior medicine in every aspect of our work.  This way, we can help you prevent behavior problems from escalating, we can keep pets from experiencing veterinary fear so they aren't stressed for their care, and we can help you keep harmony in your house hold.

Behavior medicine is NOT training, and training doesn't fix behavior problems.  Behavior problems can have many causes and it takes a holistic approach, evaluating the pet's physical health, mental health, emotional health, environment, and how they are managed first to get a diagnosis.  Then using behavior modification such as desensitization and counterconditioning, redirecting, avoidance of fearful things, with changes in the way the pet is managed, and sometimes medications, we can improve your pet's mental and emotional health and restore strained relationships.   

We can help with all kinds of behavior problems:

  • Aggression towards other animals

  • Aggression towards people

  • Barking

  • Separation anxiety

  • Inappropriate elimination

  • Noise phobias

  • Fear of veterinary and/or grooming procedures

  • Leash reactivity

  • And more

If your pet has any of these issues, contact us right away.  The earlier we intervene, the better the outcome.  Please contact us to schedule the initial behavioral consultation.  New patients will have a regular exam prior to scheduling the behavioral consultation.  

Dr. Meghan is a long time member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, which gives her access to modern behavior research, board certified veterinary behaviorists, and resources to help make good decisions about treating behavior problems. Every single employee at Family Vet Mobile is Certified Fear Free, having invested in continuing education to help pets learn that veterinary care isn't scary.  You can learn more about Fear Free here.