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Understanding Your Pet’s Behavior

Pet BehaviorOur veterinary team is experienced in diagnosing problems that may respond to behavior training. Some problem behaviors are related to medical ailments, such as a friendly dog becoming aggressive due to undiagnosed pain, an aging pet that refuses to respond to commands due to increasing deafness, or a cat that inappropriately urinates due to a urinary tract infection.

One of the most common conditions that causes behavioral issues is separation anxiety. Behaviors issues can arise when dogs are left alone for too long while their owners are out or at work. The behaviors can range from excessive barking to destructive behaviors. Often times allowing these dogs to spend 2 to 3 days in our Doggy Day Camp will alleviate this condition.

All abnormal behaviors should be considered significant enough to discuss with us. We can then determine whether or not it is medical versus truly behavioral in etiology. If medical reasons for the abnormal behavior have been ruled out, we may suggest certain behavioral modifications or will refer you to a behaviorist.

If your pet exhibits abnormal or unwanted behaviors, please do not hesitate to contact us for direction and guidance.

Jason Zweiter, DVM

Behavior Consults with Jason Sweitzer, DVM

Dr. Sweitzer is an associate veterinarian at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital who has a special interest in behavior. He offers behavior consults as an appointment option.

A veterinary behavioral consult is a hour long exam and consultation specifically addressing behavioral concerns of your dog, cat, or bird. Techniques include and are based off of current scientific research and custom tailored to your animal. Common consults include excessive barking, growling, biting, hiding, destruction, inappropriate urination/defecation, self-mutilation, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and introducing new housemates or animals, as well as anxiety over fireworks, storms, and other noises/objects.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Sweitzer can consider and diagnose underlying problems like arthritis, cancer, infections, and other internal changes that can cause these behaviors. Then he creates a behavioral modification plan that addresses the concerns you have in a realistic way. He also gives you his email to follow up because all animals are unique and you may discover some unexpected questions or concerns and together we work to resolve the problems for you and your pet. Dr. Sweitzer works with you and your primary veterinarian to help create a lasting fix and create a better human-animal bond and happier, safer pets.