Keystone Veterinary Behavior Services
Better Behavior is the Keystone to a Better Life With Your Pet
KeystoneVeterinary Behavior Services offers consultations to diagnose and treatyour pet's behavior problems. All patients are seen by LaurieBergman, VMD, DACVB, one of only 65 veterinarians recognized as aspecialist in the field of clinical animal behavior.
Dogs, cats, pet birds and other exotic pets. Dr. Bergman is also available for consults with zoos and animal shelters.
Conditions Commonly Treated:
Dogs-Aggression to People; Aggression to Other Animals; Noise and ThunderPhobias; Separation Anxiety; Unruly Behavior; Compulsive Behaviors
Cats-Inappropriate Urination & Defecation; Urine Marking; Aggression toOther Animals; Aggression to People; Compulsive Behaviors
Birds- Feather Picking; Aggression; Fears & Phobias; Misdirected Bonding
These arejust examples of some of the more common behavioral conditions that Dr.Bergman treats. With over 15 years of experience in veterinarybehavior, Dr. Bergman's expertise reaches well beyond the average petbehavior problem.
What Happens at an Appointment?
Appointments last between 2 1/2-3 hours. During this time Dr. Bergman will reviewyour pet's history and observe the pet's behavior. Based on thisinformation, you will be given an explanation of the behavior problems(the diagnosis) since understanding the nature of the problem is oftenthe first step in correcting the problem. Dr. Bergman will give you awritten treatment plan and review this plan with you.
Dr. Bergman will not be "testing" your pet or trying to elicit problembehavior, especially aggressive behavior. Pets with behavior problemshave a hard enough time coping with their ordinary lives; they don'tneed a stranger coming into their homes and provoking them. She wouldrather see how good your pet can be, so she knows what your pet can dowhen not feeling stressed or anxious. Your history combined withobserving the pet's normal behavior is usually sufficient for Dr.Bergman to make a diagnosis without observing any dangerous or stressful behaviors.
Where Are Appointments Seen?
Dr. Bergman sees office appointments as house calls as well as at Radnor Veterinary Hospital in Wayne, PA. There are advantages to each type of appointment that we can review with you so you schedule the type of appointment that's best for you and your pet. Most cats and birds will do best with house calls, as will dogs who are very fearful in new locations.