Depending on your pet's temperament, they could occasionally be more mischievous than usual. The difference between your pet having a few days off and consistently problematic behaviour is that it disrupts your daily life. If you find yourself disciplining your pet with little to no impact, behavioural counselling could be the next step.
How should I address my pet's behavioural issues?
Sometimes your pet's behaviour can't be blamed on their temperament. If you find it overwhelming or difficult to manage your pet's behaviour, our team can support you with holistic care. Behavioural counselling is especially important if your pet's behaviour makes them a threat to themselves or others (including your family or other pets). Our veterinary team will perform a thorough assessment of your pet's overall health to determine if an ailment is the cause of their issues. If you're interested in having your pet assessed, please contact us at (416) 231-9293.
What could be causing my pet to act out?
After we've assessed your pet, we can determine if health issues are the cause of their behavioural issues. An assessment can reveal underlying issues like reactions to environmental irritants, inflammation in the body, or infections. Some common causes of pets misbehaving include:
- Anxiety: Leaving your pet unattended for hours at a time or an unpredictable schedule could trigger your pet's problematic behaviour
- Pain: Pets aren't able to vocalize discomfort, so their behaviour could be an outlet
- Injuries: If your pet has recently gotten injured, acting out could be their defensive mechanism
- Teething: If your puppy's new teeth are growing, they could chew on shoes, furniture, or other household items to get relief