Behavioral Medicine

To treat behavioral pathologies in dogs and cats

Behavioral medicine is a specialty of veterinary medicine now recognized by the provincial veterinary licensing body (Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec). The behavioral medicine service is under the care of  Dre Sabrina Poggiagliomi assisted by their technician Audrey-Anne Giguère

The goal of the behavioral evaluation is to discriminate between an undesirable normal behavior and an abnormal behavior caused by a physical or mental illness. In both cases, a behavior modification therapy will be needed.

However, when dealing with an abnormal behavior, a pharmacologic intervention might also be necessary for the pet to be able to cope with the problematic situations. Thanks to this therapy, the pet will be able to learn new ways to behave in these situations.

When to book an appointment with the behavioral medicine service:

  • Aggression (interdog, intercat, towards humans, etc.)
  • Anxiety (generalized, separation, contextual, travel, etc.)
  • Phobias (noises, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.)
  • Housesoiling (inappropriate elimination, marking)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Hyperactivity/Hyperreactivity
  • Etc.

In addition, desensitization to various medical and grooming procedures can be done by our team:

  • Nail trimming
  • Cage training
  • Physical examination
  • Low-stress restraints
  • Injections and blood draws
  • Etc.


Clinician in Behavioral Medicine at the DMV Veterinary Center

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