Here at Oakhill we’re proud to offer a referral service for small animal behaviour medicine, led by our in-house veterinary specialist Elizabeth Ayrton, BVSc MSc CCAB MRCVS RCVS advanced practitioner companion animal behaviour and veterinary behaviourist.
Following completion of a preliminary questionnaire to gain insight into your pet and the problems you are experiencing an at home visit will be arranged. This consultation will last up to two hours. The at home visit is to gain information and an insight into the kinds of behaviour your dog is displaying in its natural environment in a variety of situations. This is why we do not do a behaviour consult at the surgery as most dogs will not behave normally in this environment. It is also important that if you have other dogs we can assess them at the same time as they will have an influence on each other’s behaviour. If possible, it is good for all family members to be present at this consultation as in order to alter a dog’s behaviour consistency is key and to achieve this it is important that everyone knows why the dog is doing what it is doing.
Following on from this consultation you will receive a full behavioural report with advice on how to work with your dog to resolve any issues you might be experiencing. If needed this will also include handouts to explain how to get your dog to settle, wear a muzzle etc. It is possible that your dog may need medication to help with behavioural issues and if so, we can organize this directly if you are an Oakhill client and if not we can contact your vet to advise on medication. Depending on your progress and the problems involved we can offer additional consultations which are usually an hour long, these may be further discussion or could be practical sessions to help you.