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Department Information – Behavioral Therapy

Scheduling Appointments

To schedule appointments or ask a question, please call 713-693-1111 or email us at info@gcvs.com.

Before the Appointment

Please fill out the Client Information and Patient Information forms prior to your appointment.  This allows us to be prepared to treat during their appointment, rather than spending time collecting this information. Please make sure to list your regular veterinarian (if applicable) so that we can request your pet’s medical record so we can properly prepare for your pet’s visit.

Prior to your appointment, you will need to fill out a detailed behavior history form which will help our Behaviorist develop the best plan of action for your pet’s behavior issue. This will be reviewed prior to your appointment and must be completed ahead of time.

At the Appointment

Appointments are for 1 behavior issue and include only 1 pet, unless 2 animals are fighting in the same household (in that case they bring both fighting pets to the appointment). If owners can bring or send video footage ahead of time that is ideal.

The initial consultation will last 60-90 minutes (depending on the issue).

Aggressive dogs must be muzzled when they come in and leave the building (it is unlikely the muzzle will remain on during the consultation). A private entrance will be provided for anxious or aggressive dogs as needed.

Treatment

We will collect a detailed history and provide a personalized treatment plan for the pet. The behavior modification plan may include suggestions regarding diet, exercise, behavior modification techniques, management, and control.

A follow-up appointment may be recommended within 1-3 months and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Your veterinarian will be faxed history, diagnoses, and behavior treatment plan. Our Behaviorist does not prescribe medication but will work closely with your pet’s veterinarian as a team. Your pet’s veterinarian could prescribe behavioral medication if they feel it is a good adjunct to your pet’s treatment plan, and would run bloodwork or conduct physical examinations or tests as needed.

A follow up appointment, within 1-3 months may be recommended and would last approximately 30 minutes.