Behavioral Medication for Your Dog

How the right behavioral medications can help your dog.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
5-minute read
Episode #120

The other good news is that many veterinary behaviorists will consult with your regular vet by phone. In this case, the vet behaviorist can’t prescribe directly for your dog but can advise your vet about treatment options.

Before you see your vet about behavioral medication, visit the website of a veterinary behavior service – for instance, the one at Cornell. Fill out the behavior history form the service uses for its clients and give it to your vet. The more complete a picture you give him, the more complete the picture he can give the vet behaviorist.

Having offered you that end run, I want to stress that seeing the vet behaviorist yourself, with your dog, is a much better option if you can possibly swing it. I often work closely with the vet behaviorist in New York City, so I’ve seen for myself how sophisticated their behavioral, medical and pharmacological knowledge can be.

Behavioral medication doesn’t substitute for behavior modification – they work in tandem. Your dog’s odds of improvement go way up if you take advantage of the best treatments available. Don’t hesitate to get all the help you can.

I welcome your comments and questions – email dogtrainer@quickanddirtytips.com. And you can talk to me on Facebook, where I answer questions and post all kinds of animal-related links. Dogalini is me on Twitter. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.

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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).