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Keystone Veterinary Behavior Services
Better Behavior is the Keystone to a Better Life With Your Pet
Keystone Veterinary Behavior Services offers housecalls to diagnose and treat your pet's behavior problems. All appointments are seen by Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB, one of only 54 veterinarians recognized as a specialist 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 Thunder Phobias; Separation Anxiety; Unruly Behavior; Compulsive Behaviors
Cats- Inappropriate Urination & Defecation; Urine Marking; Aggression to Other Animals; Aggression to People; Compulsive Behaviors
Birds- Feather Picking; Aggression; Fears & Phobias; Misdirected Bonding
These are just examples of some of the more common behavioral conditions that Dr. Bergman treats. With over a decade of experience in veterinary behavior, Dr. Bergman's expertise reaches well beyond the average pet behavior problem.
What Happens at an Appointment?
Most appointments are seen as housecalls. Dr. Bergman gets to see your pet at his or her most natural. She can also see how your pet interacts with the people, things and other animals in the home. This allows Dr. Bergman to tailor a comprehensive beahvioral treatment plan to best fit your pet and your life.
Appointments last between 2-2 1/2 hours. During this time Dr. Bergman will review your pet's history and observe the pet's behavior. Based on this information, you will be given an explanation of the behavior problems (the diagnosis) since understanding the nature of the problem is often the first step in correcting the problem. Dr. Bergman will give you a written treatment plan and review this plan with you.Dr. Bergman will not be "testing" your pet or trying to elicit problem behavior, especially aggressive behavior. Pets with behavior problems have a hard enough time coping with their ordinary lives; they don't need a stranger coming into their homes and provoking them. She would rather see how good your pet can be, so she knows what your pet can do when not feeling stressed or anxious. Your history combined with observing the pet's normal behavior is usually sufficient for Dr. Bergman to make a diagnosis without observing any dangerous or stressful behaviors.