Kingsdale Animal Hospital

Behavioural Guidance

As many seemingly behavioural disorders are the result of medical ailments, we first start with obtaining detailed history where we will ask very specific questions regarding your pet and then perform a physical examination in attempts to identify any medical concerns that may be resulting in your pet’s abnormal behaviour. A common example would be when an older dog becomes seemingly more aggressive as it ages. A proper physical examination could reveal pain or discomfort, especially in the joints and many times we see the aggressive either substantially reduce or resolve completely after proper treatment. Furthermore, a cat that does not use it’s litterbox could signal a urinary tract disorder.

After ruling out medical problems, our veterinarians will devise a positive behavioural modification strategy based on the behavioural disorder of your pet. In some cases the concurrent use of behavioural modification medicines and strategies have the most successful outcomes.

Common behavioural conditions that we can help with include but not limited to:

Canine Agression - Fear aggression, territorial aggression, possessive aggression, interdog aggression
Canine Separation Anxiety
Noise Phobias
Canine Obedience/Puppy Obedience
Feline Aggression
Feline Housesoiling - Inappropriate elimination (I.e. Not using the litterbox)

As the prognosis depends greatly on modifying the behaviour early on, it’s extremely important to let us help you as soon as possible. A behavioural disorder that has been occurring for many months to years will often have a worsening prognosis compared to one that has been identified and treated earlier.


Kingsdale Animal Hospital
2848 King St E
Kitchener, ON N2A 1A5