Frequently asked questions
How do I know if my pet's behavior is severe enough to warrant an appointment?
What type of behavior problems does Dr. Lewis treat?
Aggression towards people or animals
Compulsive disorders (spinning, abnormal licking, shadow chasing, etc)
Cognitive dysfunction (senility)
Fears and phobias
Litter box challenges
Foster dog evaluations
Choosing a new pet
Improving veterinary visit stress
Spinal manipulation services (aka animal chiropractic)
What should I expect during my appointment?
Please complete the pre-consultation questionnaire and return 48-hours prior to your pet's appointment. The first portion of the consultation Dr. Lewis will review the questionnaire with you while she is observing your pet. Dr. Lewis will then describe your pet's behavioral diagnosis and outline a behavior treatment plan. The behavior treatment plan will include management recommendations, a behavior modification outline, medication recommendations (if needed), and goals. The last portion of the consultation will include hands on step-by-step instruction and demonstration of the initial plan.
In the days following your consultation you will receive a written report that outlines all the information discussed.
How is a veterinary behaviorist different from an obedience trainer?
Unfortunately there is no official standardization in the field of dog training, so dog trainers vary in skill level, methods used, and knowledge about animals. When dealing with behavior problems it is important that the methods used are backed by scientific research.
While many trainers are accomplished to assist in puppy socialization, basic manners, or teaching foundation behaviors most trainers don't have the knowledge needed to diagnose and treat more complicated behaviors. Some trainers are equipped to help change problem behaviors, and have additional experience and education. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has a guide to discerning the difference between various dog training credentials and who may be able to help assist your pet at this level.
I am already working with a trainer, will I have to switch exclusively to Lewis Veterinary Behavior Solutions?
Dr. Lewis is always happy to work with your trainer if they are interested. With your approval she will also send them the final behavior consultation report. If your trainer is comfortable and is experienced in working with your pet's specific issue they can be helpful in implementing the behavior treatment plan that Dr. Lewis recommends following your behavior consultation.
Do you offer a guarantee of successful outcomes?
Do you have more questions for us? We’ll be happy to assist you. Just get in touch today.