Behavioral Disorders

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Pet Care Terms
Behavioral Disorders

What are Behavioral Disorders?

Like humans, pets can also develop behavioral disorders. Behavioral disorders can range from different forms of anxiety, phobias, and aggression. Some of the side effects of behavioral disorders include excessive barking, escaping from their secure homes, jumping, showing intense fear or anxiety, and demonstrating signs of severe anxiety when they’re left alone or separated from their owner.

Behavioral disorders can be treated via behavioral modification therapy with a trainer, with medication from a veterinarian, or by treating an underlying health problem causing these behaviors. If you suspect your pet is suffering from a behavioral disorder, discuss your concerns with your veterinarian and have them thoroughly checked out to rule out any underlying health problems that may be causing these unpleasant behaviors.

Key Takeaways

  • Behavioral disorders can happen to any pet and develop at any time.
  • It’s important to have your veterinarian rule out any potential health issues before moving on to behavioral modification training or other types of treatment.
  • Medication prescribed by your veterinarian may be useful for certain behavioral disorders, such as anxiety.

Related Terms

Behavioral Modification Therapy
Behavioral modification therapy is a systematic approach to altering a pet’s behavior and reactions.
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