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    CAT AND DOG BEHAVIOUR

    BECAUSE YOUR PET’S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH ARE CONNECTED

    At Globalvet, we do more than just provide great veterinary care. We’re also here to help you build a healthy relationship with your feline friend or canine companion. Understanding your pet, respecting their needs, and using positive reinforcement are part and parcel of our approach.

    PET OWNER SUPPORT AND EDUCATION

    When your cat or dog exhibits unwanted behaviour, it can put a real strain on your relationship and take a toll on everyone involved. Not to worry! Globalvet is here to provide support and advice so you can banish behaviour issues and get back to enjoying each other’s company!

    YOUR PET’S MENTAL HEALTH HAS AN IMPACT ON...

    THEIR OVERALL HEALTH

    Ever heard the expression “healthy mind, healthy body”? Well it also applies to cats and dogs—not just their owners! Your pet’s mental health is critical to their overall health. Fear, stress, and anxiety can have unpleasant physical effects in cats and dogs over the long term, including:

    • Hypervigilance
    • Fatigue
    • Abnormal hair loss
    • Excessive drooling
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Weakened immune system

    Depending on your pet’s personality, chronic stress can also lead to issues like:

    • Excessive vocalization
    • Destructive behaviour
    • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
    • Aggression
    • Excessive licking
    • Accidents in the house
    • Feelings of isolation

    THEIR WELLBEING

    You love your pet and want them to look and feel their best. You give them quality food and fresh water every day and make sure they get the medical care they need, but did you know that much of their wellbeing revolves around getting their behavioural needs met?

    The World Organisation for Animal Health has identified “5 freedoms” essential to animal welfare. They are:

    • Freedom from hunger, thirst, and malnutrition
    • Freedom from fear and distress
    • Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort
    • Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
    • Freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour

    Basically, in order to truly thrive, your cat needs to be able to hide, scratch, and hunt and your dog needs to be able to run outside, chew on things, and socialize. It’s in their nature!

    YOUR RELATIONSHIP

    There’s something so special about the bond we have with our pets. Who else gives us unconditional love and is always there when we need them? But healthy relationships aren’t one-sided, meaning you have to do your part. After all, your pet depends on you for almost everything.

     

    You may get frustrated when your cat or dog does something you don’t like. That’s why prioritizing their mental health and training is so important. It will improve your relationship and help you maximize the countless benefits being a pet owner can bring. After all, having a cat or dog can:

    • Make you less lonely
    • Lower your blood pressure
    • Improve your heart health
    • Ease stress and anxiety
    • Help you stay in shape
    • Reduce your risk of being overweight
    • And so much more!

    Read our blog post “Les 8 pouvoirs incontestables des animaux” (in French) to find out more about the pros of pet ownership.

    YOUR FAMILY

    Having a pet with behavioural problems can wreak havoc on a household. Dog stealing food off your guests’ plates or chewing up your daughter’s favourite toy? Cat peeing on your son’s shoes or clawing up the couch? It’s easy to get exasperated with behaviour like that!

     

    Adopting a pet comes with a whole new set of challenges for the family. But don’t worry: Your veterinary team is there to help you keep the peace (and your sanity).

    And remember that “family” includes any other four-legged members of the household. After all, you don’t want them fighting like cats and dogs!

    Prioritizing your pet’s mental health will have a direct impact on how they get along with their furry housemates, and with you. It’s a win-win-win!

    WHY TALK TO YOUR GLOBALVET TEAM ABOUT YOUR PET’S BEHAVIOUR?

    BENEFIT FROM OUR APPROACH AND EXPERTISE

    OUR APPROACH

    Your veterinary practice takes a three-pronged approach to your pet’s overall wellbeing: care, behaviour, and nutrition, which are closely connected. When you’re feeling frustrated and fed up with your pet’s behaviour, they can help you make sense of it all.

     

    Your vet will answer all your questions so you walk away with a better understanding of your pet. They can also offer advice and support to help you build a better bond.

    OUR EXPERTISE

    Your veterinary team has been specially trained to help you make sense of the most common pet behaviour problems. Your pet’s behavioural consultation may include:

    • Questions about the behaviours you’ve observed
    • A physical exam to see if a physical ailment could explain some or all of their behaviour
    • A diagnosis
    • Testing to clarify a diagnosis
    • A treatment plan
    • Follow-up appointments to tweak the treatment plan
    • Advice on common behaviour problems
    • A referral to a qualified animal behaviourist
    • A referral to a veterinary specialist

    EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

    We also offer services and activities to improve your emotional connection with your pet based on your mutual needs.

    We partner with local businesses to organize special events and activities in-clinic and offsite. Take these opportunities to:

    • Learn more so you’ll be better equipped to manage and train your pet
    • Spend quality time with your furry friend
    • Foster a healthy, positive pet/owner relationship

    OUR PET PARENT PROGRAM

    Sharing your home life with a pet comes with its fair share of questions. That’s why Globalvet launched the Pet Parent Program: to support you before, during, and after adopting a new fur baby.

    Take advantage of our online guides and a support program to help you start off on the right paw with your new best friend.

    OUR PARTNERS

    IN THE CLINIC OR AT HOME, WE’RE THERE FOR YOU!

    From blog posts to webinars to explainer videos, our experts have developed a suite of tools to help you make your relationship with your pet the best it can be. Check back often for fresh, compelling content!

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    DIG DEEPER INTO YOUR PET’S BEHAVIOUR

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