Sudden changes in the usual temper or demeanor of the dog or cat. There could be many reasons why the behavior changes are occurring. Changes in behavior do not necessarily have to be medical based. Problems can range from separation anxiety to storm phobias. Aging pets in general also have the tendency to change their behavior. Environmental changes, such as a new family member or furniture may cause Behavioral Changes. In case no external factors have changed, behavioral change may be caused by a medical condition. Consult a veterinarian to determine the cause of the behavioral change.
How to Recognize
Have you recently seen a change in behavior in your canine or feline companion? These behavioral changes could include differences in body language, aggression, house training problems and/or destructive behavior.
Causes of Behavioral Changes
There are a wide range of causes associated with sudden behavioral changes. For example, an insufficient amount of exercise could lead to destructive behavior due to boredom. Encouraging interactive activities may decrease or eliminate the behavior problem. Insufficient mental stimulation may cause behavioral changes. Some type of mental stimulation should be continuously provided for your cat or dog. The activity could be as simple as hiding your cat’s food throughout the house or providing your dog with a puzzle toy. A common cause of behavioral issues involves a change in schedule or routine. The change of routine can often throw off your dog or cat. Some type of large change such as moving to a different home, a new child or a change in work shift can alter your dog or cat’s behavior.
In order to diagnose the behavior, the dog or cat should first undergo a visit with the veterinarian to ensure there are no medical problems involved. Behavioral signs involved with a medical condition causing the behavior include lethargy, altered relationships, anorexia and depression.
Treatment for Behavioral Changes
If the behavioral changes are due to medical issues, the veterinarian must be responsible for the treatment of the pet. If the behavioral changes are not medical, the behaviorist will implement a plan to assist you in correcting the behavior.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.