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.

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Dog Behavioural Counselling

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.

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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 & Sunday: Closed

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