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Behaviour

Like humans, your pet's mental welfare is as important as its physical health. People often don't realise that pets can experience difficulties with their feelings of comfort, safety and happiness. We feel that it is our duty to help you to maximize your pet's happiness in all aspects of its life.

General Training Advice

At present, we do not run puppy training classes at the practice, however, we can recommend several local trainers who may be suited to your needs. For general advice on welcoming a new puppy into your home and basic training stages visit the Adaptil puppy page.

 

We also have several leaflets containing general training advice, ask at our practice for more information.

 

 

Children and Pets

It's not only pets that need training and socialisation! Children need to be taught how to live alongside pets and how to recognise different behaviours including fear, anxiety and aggression.

 

For dog owners, visit The Blue Dog for child-friendly learning materials about petcare and behaviour in dogs. The Kennel Club has also produced a training program to educate children about safe interactions with dogs.

 

Stress

In a modern world, we are used to being stressed by our busy lifestyles, but how many of us consider that our pets may get stressed too? There are several situations that may cause your pet to get stressed:

  • Car travel
  • Visits to the groomers, kennels or cattery
  • Being left home alone (for example, when you are at work or on holiday)
  • Moving to a new house
  • A new pet or baby in the family
  • Loss of a pet or family member (due to death or separation)
  • Multi-cat households or new cats in the area

 

How to tell if your pet is stressed:

  • Excessive licking or self-grooming (especially cats)
  • Excessive salivation
  • Sleeping in different areas, avoiding certain areas
  • Appetite changes, unusual sleep patterns
  • Paying you excessive attention or losing interest in play
  • Vocalising more
  • Increased or decreased interest in other people or pets
  • House soiling or loss of house training
    • This may be toileting in inappropriate areas
    • In cats they may visit the litter tray frequently and strain to urinate, you may see blood

Cat owners, take a look at: www.cats.org.uk/learn/e-learning-ufo.

 

Cats can find coming to the vets a stressful experience (owners can too!). Tips to reduce your cat's stress include:

  • Don't use a cat carrier only when bringing your cat to the vets, place it in your house with towels or blankets so your cat becomes more familiar with it as a resting place.
  • Cover the carrier with a towel when bringing your cat in so that they are not upset by strange sights and smells.

 

Stress can be very subtle and hard to recognise. If you think that your pet is suffering from stress, make an appointment to see our vets for a full check up to ensure that there is no underlying medical problem that is causing them upset. If they are healthy, our vets and nurses will discuss ways to help you reduce and manage your pets stress which can include environmental changes, daily routine alterations and in some cases, medical behavioural modification.

 

Our vets may prescribe stress-relieving pheromones for your house (such as Adaptil for dogs, or Feliway for cats) or other treatments.

 

Aggression, Fear or Anxiety

If you are concerned that your dog or cat displays aggression towards people or other animals (especially dog-related aggression), please book an appointment to speak with our vets or nurses and they can discuss the problem with you. You may be referred to a veterinary behavioural specialist who can give you an in-depth analysis into the cause of your pet's problems and suggest how to improve the situation. Please be aware that aggression in dogs can get you into trouble with the law, find out more about dog ownership and the law at DogLawTV.

 

If your pet shows inappropriate levels of anxiety or fear, such as excessive hiding, being excessively clingy or showing evidence of separation anxiety (including damaging furniture, inappropriate urination or loud vocalisation), please see our vets and nurses for more advice, including referrals.

 

For more specific advice relating to fireworks fear, see our seasonal pages.

Older Pets and Senile Problems

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (or CDS) is an age-related condition affecting dogs and cats which is similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. It is caused by physical changes in the brain including disruption in normal levels of chemicals and loss of brain cells. It is NOT a normal part of aging and should not be ignored. The condition affects your pet's memory and thinking ability and can cause behavioural changes that disrupt daily life.

 

Symptoms of the condition include:

 

  • House soiling and loss of housetraining behaviour
  • Absentmindednedss, staring blankly at walls or into space
  • Sleeping more during the day and less at night
  • Less interest in petting or interaction with owners or becoming withdrawn and quiet
  • Wandering, pacing or circling aimlessly
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Difficulty learning new commands, routes or tasks
  • Ignoring commands that they previously responded to or not responding to their name
  • Not recognising family members of familiar people - this may present as aggression or barking excessively
  • Seeming to get lost in familiar places such as home
  • Geting 'stuck' in corners or behind furniture
  • Finding it difficult to recognise doorways and standing at the hinged side of the door

 

If your pet seems to be affected by these symptoms, contact us to have them checked over. We can perform a variety of tests to rule out underlying problems with their liver, kidneys and other organs or check for hearing and vision loss. Treatment involves medication and lifestyle changes and they can be back to their normal self within a short while.

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday        09.00 - 18.00

Tuesday       09.00 - 18.00

Wednesday   09.00 - 18.00

Thursday      09.00 - 18.00

Friday           09.00 - 18.00

Saturday       09.00 - 12.00

Village Vets Centre Ltd

65 Quarry St  

Liverpool

L25 6EZ


Tel.: 0151 428 8600

 

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