When clients contact us regarding significant behavior issues, especially when prior training has not worked, or behaviors that have just started we send them to their veterinarian. After all one's doctor is the first line of defense against illnesses. Our routine recommendations for clients are to have the following things done prior to scheduling their initial consultation. We want to make sure that any and all medical issues have been addressed or ruled out.
* A Full Physical Examination with their Veterinarian
* Discussing behavior concerns and that they are here to rule in our out medical issues prior to meeting with a behavior consultant
* A Chem 10 Panel with CBC and Expanded T4
* Breeds prone to certain issues of when a dog responds sensitively to a larger body part (ie: hip, shoulder, abdomen,neck) when no prior injury has occurred that the owner is aware of we recommend discussing for possible xray or ultrasound.
We will provide owners with information during our discussion letting them know if their dogs are displaying aggressive we recommend they purchase a proper fitting basket muzzle and do some muzzle training prior to their appointment,ensure the dog is on a properly fit body harness or a slip collar and lead combo they can not get free from, and notify the front office upon scheduling that they will be bringing in a dog with aggressive behaviors and the dog will be muzzled. This keeps not only other patients safe but allows vet staff to know ahead of time if the dog needs to be moved to a separate room and keeps vet staff safe during an exam.