Veterinary Behavior Services in Portland

We work with dogs, cat and birds who need help with:

  • Reactivity and aggression
  • House-soiling
  • Destructiveness
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Pet-pet introductions
  • Fears and phobias
  • Separation distress
  • Compulsive disorders
  • Senior behavioral changes
  • And more…

Online Pet Behavior Health Assessment

Suitable For

Pets who have been seen by their primary veterinarian, or had a physical examination by another veterinarian, in the past 6 months.

Specifics

During this time of COVID and social-distancing, we are able to see new patients online. This a great way to have your behavioral questions about your pet answered and to get their treatment started from the comfort of your home! This pet behavioral consult will include:

  • Your behavior veterinarian review of your pet’s medical and behavioral history
  • Your behavior veterinarian conducting an online appointment to assess your pet’s behavior, general health, and environment
  • You and your behavior veterinarian develop a treatment plan to be initiated to reduce the problem behaviors
  • Additional diagnostics or treatments may be recommended to be done through your primary veterinarian
  • Your assessment also includes up to two 10-minute phone calls with the Behavioral Veterinarian in the first month after the consult

Registration and Pre-Consult

  1. Give us a call or visit our contact page to start the process.
  2. We will collect a non-refundable $100 reservation and scheduling deposit that will applied toward the cost of your appointment.
  3. We then schedule your appointment and send you a link to our online history form.
  4. This form needs to be completed and submitted to us at least 72 hours prior to your pet’s appointment.

Pet Behavior Health Assessment
Our team starts preparing for your pet’s consult before we meet with you. Our behavior vets will review your pet’s medical and behavioral history, and discuss them with our team. In most cases.

  1. The appointment itself is 60 – 75min. long
  2. Our behavior vet will meet with you using Zoom Video-conferencing at the scheduled time.
  3. During the consult, our behavior veterinarian will spend some time observing your pet and clarifying any questions she may have from the Veterinary Behavior History Form that you filled out prior to the consult. (Helpful Tip: Submit the form at least 72 hours in advance of the appointment and we’ll credit your account with $30 towards your consultation fee)
  4. During the assessment our veterinarian will:
    • Help you understand your pet’s behavior
    • Discuss diagnosis and prognosis of the problem behaviors
    • Discuss treatment options with you, including immediate environmental management solutions, and a brief description of behavior modification techniques as appropriate. The techniques described will be progressive, compassionate, and minimally invasive
    • Discuss follow-up recommendations based on you and your pet’s needs
  5. After the consultation, our behavior veterinarian will send you a summary of the consultation findings and send a copy to your regular veterinarian as well to keep them updated as part of your pet’s behavioral health team. Follow-up behavior modification classes and sessions are often recommended for treatment and are available with our Certified trainers.

Your pet’s first Progress Evaluation Recheck occurs between 4-8 weeks after the initial assessment depending on your pet’s behavioral conditions and treatment plan. After this, active patients are seen every 3-6 months depending on where they are in their treatment.

Online Behavioral Health Assessment*
(contact us for pricing for bird consults)
$395, up to 1 hour
Prompt submission of Veterinary Behavior History Form (72 hours in advance)– $30 (credit is given)
Behavior Progress Evaluation
(For active clients)*
$225, up to 1 hour
For an additional pet with a problem directly related to the primary pet’s problem (for example two pets that are fighting)$150

* Includes 2 phone calls in the first month of treatment.


Vet-to-Vet Telemedicine Consult

Suitable For

Pets for whom it has been over 6 months since they last saw their primary veterinarian or had a physical examination. Also suitable for pets whose primary veterinarian would prefer to manage the pet’s behavioral treatment.

Details

This service is initiated by your primary veterinarian. Our behavior vets will review medical and behavioral histories of patient. They will then speak directly to the primary veterinarian to discuss diagnoses and treatment options. The primary veterinarian will maintain the Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VPCR) with the client and patient, and manage treatment that may include prescribing medications. This consult includes up to 2 months of consulting on the case for the primary veterinarian with our behavior vets. Our behavior vets do not communicate directly with the client.

Registration

  1. The registration process is started by your primary veterinarian. Your veterinarian submits our online Referral Form, and then sends you the link to our Behavioral Telemedicine webpage. At the bottom of this page are our Telemedicine Behavior History Forms for different species.
  2. You fill out and submit the appropriate Telemedicine Form and it comes directly to us
  3. Our team coordinates a time for our behavior veterinarian and your veterinarian to speak about your pet’s behavior case
  4. Next, our behavior veterinarian reviews your submitted Behavior History Form and speaks to your primary veterinarian. This phone call is usually 15-20 minutes long.
  5. A written summary of the recommendations for your pet is sent to your primary veterinarian. Your veterinarian is responsible for managing your pet’s behavioral treatment from that point forward.

The fee for the Telemedicine Consult is billed directly to the primary veterinarian.

Cost: $195

Forms only for Vet-to-Vet Telemedicine Appointments. Not for Behavior Health Assessments.

  1. Veterinary Telemedicine Referral Form (filled out by veterinarian)
  2. Veterinary Behavioral Telemedicine History Forms (filled out by client)
    Dog Telemedicine History Form
    Cat Telemedicine History Form
    Bird Telemedicine History Form (contact us directly)

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