Bite-Sized Behavior Consults

Our goal for the Bite-Sized Behavior Consults is to be able to provide behavioral assistance to families that are unable to attend a behavior consult with our veterinary behavior specialist due to financial constraints. These lower-cost consults are run by our experienced Behavior Clinician (veterinarian), and follow-up is done through the primary veterinarian. These in-person consultations are for dogs and cats.

The Bite-Sized Behavior Consult is a good fit for:

  • Pets with problem behaviors that would benefit from a behavior-focused veterinary evaluation, including (but not limited to) most cases of aggression, separation distress, fears, and phobias.
  • Clients and referring veterinarians who want a starting point for a pet’s behavioral treatment
  • A pet whose initial treatment at the referring vet is not going as expected, and the referring vet would like an evaluation for other options

These consults are not a good fit for:

  • Behavioral cases that the referring veterinarian does not feel comfortable doing the follow-up. In these cases, a Behavior Health Assessment with our Veterinary Behavior Specialist is recommended.


Scheduling a Bite-Sized Behavior Consult

  1. Referring veterinarian: Fill out the online Veterinary Referral Form to send us information about the patient and agree to the scope of collaboration for this service. 
  2. Our team contacts the client with intake information and schedules the appointment. The consultation fee is $200 and prepayment is required at the time of scheduling. Our team will not initiate contact with a client without a veterinary referral form.
  3. During the in-person consult, our Behavior Clinician will discuss patient-specific strategies for managing problem behavior, supporting the human-animal bond, and finding an appropriate trainer for behavior modification.
  4. After the consult, the client will receive a summary of the information from the consultation and associated client education. Veterinarians will receive additional information on medication recommendations to facilitate the patient’s treatment, as well as what to expect from medications, recheck schedule, and the next choice of medication in the event that the first is not a good fit.

In order to keep the cost of this service as low as possible, we are not able to provide follow-up to the client after the consult. Referring veterinarians may choose to charge a separate fee to patients for the implementation of the recommended medication plan and follow-up advising. If a patient is not responding as anticipated, then a referral for a Behavioral Health Assessment with our veterinary behavior specialist is recommended.

Cancellation policy: Please review our cancellation policy to determine what applies to different circumstances.

  • Cancellation without rescheduling the appointment – prepayment is not refunded
  • Rescheduling the appointment at least 72 hours before a scheduled appointment time – the prepayment can be applied to a rescheduled appointment one time. If the appointment is canceled or rescheduled a second time, the prepayment is not refunded
  • Rescheduling or canceling an appointment within 72 hours of a scheduled appointment – the prepayment is not refunded