Behaviour

Behaviour

Behaviour

Our Behaviour Referral Service is led by Sagi Denenberg DVM, MRCVS. Dip. ACVB, Dip. ECAWBM, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. 

Cases we can help with include:

Canine behaviour problems: including fear and anxiety, noise phobias, repetitive, compulsive disorders and aggression and separation related problems. 

Feline behaviour problems: including house-soiling, urine marking, fearful behaviour (avoidance), eating disorders (such as excessive sucking or chewing) and repetitive or compulsive behaviours.

As well as helping to prepare for new arrivals (new animals or babies), helping clients to engage with and settle a new rescue animal and much more. 

Behaviour consultations

Our clinic provides behaviour consultations with Dr. Denenberg who is currently one of only six board certified veterinary behaviourists practicing in the UK. We require that you and your vet complete a history questionnaire and return it to us at least 48 hours prior to your consultation. These questionnaires provide us with as much of the background information we may require to make a diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Although space is somewhat limited, we suggest that you attend the consultation with your pet and up to three additional people, who might be involved in the management and behaviour modification programme (e.g. other family members, trainer). We strongly suggest that you bring video, recordings or pictures of the problem and your environment if available. Please do not feed your pet on the day of the consultation, and bring along your pet's favourite treats.

Please note, consultations for behaviour are available Monday-Friday and are by appointment only.

 

  • What is a Veterinary Behaviourist?
    There can be major differences in the background, training and expertise of those providing behavioural advice. The veterinary behaviourist must first be a graduate of an accredited veterinary school. This insures a comprehensive background in anatomy, neurology, physiology, medicine, and pharmacology, as well as the type of medical problems that might have an effect on the behaviour of the pet. 
    The veterinary behaviourist must also receive training in normal species typical behaviour, comparative animal behaviour, the principles of learning and behaviour modification, abnormal behaviour, psychopharmacology and the effects of disease on behaviour, and must work for at least two years seeing cases under the mentorship of a board certified behaviourist. In short, the veterinary behaviourist has a unique combination of education and training, clinical expertise and medical knowledge to be able to diagnose and design a treatment programme for your pet’s behaviour problem.


  • What is the fee for a behavioural consultation?
    Initial consults include full history taking, assessment, review of medical record and physical exam, and initial management. The cost for initial consultation is £630 After the initial consultation there will be follow up visits. Each follow up visit is approximately 50 minutes long and designed to review the progress of you and your pet and to continue managing the treatment. The cost of a follow up visit is £235 The number of follow up visits required depends on the problem, the pet, and other factors that will be discussed with you during the consultation. We also offer follow up bundles depending on the case. Each case is individual and the management must be tailored to your needs. If you cancel at least one business day prior to your scheduled appointment you will not be charged.

 

 

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