Did you know that some of your pet's behaviors may be related to a hidden illness and you may not even realize it?

Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors just part of being a "normal" dog or cat, or not?

Dog Pulling on LeashActually, some common behavioral issues are due to underlying medical problems. And these illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners. For example, if your dog urinates on the floor, it may be from excitement, but it also can be from a urinary tract infection. If your cat stops jumping on your lap, it may not be because your cat is being unfriendly, but because he or she has arthritis and jumping is too painful on the joints.

If these behaviors are left unchecked, it's a triple issue. The behavior may worsen, the underlying illness may progress (which puts your pet's health at risk), and most importantly, your pet's quality of life as part of your family is compromised.

Here's where we can help. At Westminster Veterinary Hospital, we have the expertise when it comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behavioral issues with your pet.

During your pet's yearly checkup:

  • If your dog is petrified of fireworks, we can discuss desensitization techniques to give him or her relief.
  • If your older cat is suddenly drinking a lot more water, our physical exam may reveal that your cat has an illness. We'll run the right tests and prescribe medications if needed.
  • We can talk about your pet's behavior. Some behavioral issues are related to medical problems, but many just require new training strategies. Either way, we can help fix those behaviors and give your pet a new leash on life!

Call us today at (410) 848-3363 to schedule your pet's annual exam. We will check to make sure all of your pet's behaviors are appropriate and signs of good health. We are committed to your pet's well-being... all the way!