Behavioural Counselling

Whether you are a seasoned pet parents or a newbie, you know having a furry friend is not always sunshine and rainbows. Pets can be mischievous and cause trouble from time to time. Minor quirks or annoyances can often be resolved with patience and positive reinforcement, but for more disruptive behaviours, it is best to seek professional help. Our team can help get to the root of any behavioural problems in your pet, and formulate a customized plan so they are behaving in a safer and more pleasant manner. Call us at 905.885.8151 to learn more.

How do I know if my pet needs behavioural counselling?

At the end of the day, only you can decide your capabilities and boundaries when it comes to dealing with unwanted actions and habits from your pet. If their behaviour is negatively affecting your routine, and putting you, other people and animals in danger, then we suggest you reach out to our veterinary team. With us, you will have a one-one-one and personalized treatment plan for your pet. It will save you time, effort and money wasted from trying dubious methods on the internet or TV.

What happens during a behavioural counselling session for pets?

Essentially, our programs here at Ganaraska Animal Clinic focus on three main outcomes: Manage, Modify and Prevent. You will have time to explain your problems with your pet. Then, one of our veterinarians will conduct a tip-to-tail check-up on your pet (along with possible diagnostics like bloodwork and X-rays) to see if there are any underlying medical causes to their behaviour. Afterwards, the vet will formulate a plan for your pet and show you how to perform certain commands and modifications. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to track you and your pet’s progress and tweak treatments as necessary. Recommendations on diet, feeding schedule, sleeping arrangements, and more can also be made.

Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

Dear Clients,

Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

3. Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

We are closed all weekends and holidays.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

- Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic