Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Behaviour problems can be a big stressor for both you and your dog and can be damaging to your relationship. Many canine behaviour problems can be either prevented or treated by consulting your veterinarian. Prevention should start at an early age, and behaviour will be discussed at your very first puppy visit with us. We can also offer behaviour counselling for specific concerns. Treatment of behaviour problems can include recommendations for referral to a trainer or a behaviour specialist, supplements, diet change, and medication.
How can behavioural counselling help my dog’s behaviour?
Many canine behaviour problems are misunderstood and are attributed to dominance or spite. Popular television shows and websites help perpetuate numerous false beliefs about dog behaviour. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian before pursuing treatment for a behaviour problem, as many behaviours are the result of fear, anxiety, or an underlying medical issue. Common behaviour problems that we can help address include house training issues, separation anxiety, noise phobias, reactivity to strangers, and aggression with other dogs.
What happens at the initial dog counselling meeting?
A behavioural consult is always booked for an extended appointment time. There is a large amount of history gathering and information sharing that is required to formulate a plan that will best help you and your pet.
Will my pet insurance policy covers the cost of dog behaviour counselling?
Each insurance company offers multiple-tiered plans. Some plans may include behavioural consultation, medications, and referral. It is best to check with your insurance carrier to get the specific details.
What can I expect after the consultation?
We will follow up by phone after your appointment and a recheck visit may be recommended depending on the issue.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital