Behavior and Anxiety

We expect a lot out of our pets! When you have trouble with your dog or cat’s behavior, or when he or she is anxious, fearful, or aggressive, we may be able to help. First, we will rule out any physical cause such as illness or pain, and then we can work with you on solutions. Usually, the earlier you start to work on behavior issues, the better your results will be.

General Training

We can help you with basic training strategies, counsel you about house-training, and share our knowledge about normal group behavior of your pets.

Aggression

Aggressive behaviors from our pets often originate from basic instincts, fear, hyper-vigilance, and other sources. Part of the work in front of you will be observing for triggers and anxiety cues. Once those are identified, we can work on intensive training and reconditioning. Resolving these issues is not always easy, but it is very rewarding for both you and your pet.

Fear and Anxiety

Pets don’t understand the world as well as we do. Thunder, new people, unusual noises, or even seeing Mom walk out the front door can be really scary! These fear-based and anxiety-based problems take many forms, and can be very frustrating. Starting early will make the treatment more successful and easier in most cases. We can help with the training, and also with various medications, if they are warranted.

Aging

As our loved ones age, their minds age too! They need ongoing stimulation, training, and experiences in the world to be their best. If you are worried that your pet has started having an age-related mental change, we may be able to help you understand what to expect and how to improve their lives.

Won’t Behavior Medications Just “Drug Up” My Pet and Mask the Problem?

We find clients have a lot of confusion and trepidation about behavior modifying drugs. Much of the time, these concerns stem from our human experience, and aren’t that relatable to dogs’ or cat’s needs. We believe in using as little medication as possible; however, many of our pets benefit from modest doses of herbal supplements or from anxiety-relieving medications. Through years of experience helping pets feel better, we can support you in making the best choices for your pets.

Emergency Care

After hours care for your furry companion

Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center

115 East Old Settlers Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78664
512.351.4333
www.heartoftexasvets.com