Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants

310 E US HWY 30
Schererville, IN 46375

(219)781-6868

www.chicagovetbehavior.com

 

We understand that you may be asking yourself if this service is right for you? You have come to the right place if:

  • Your primary care veterinarian or a trainer has told you that your pet's behavioral problems are outside the scope of his/her care or expertise.
  • Your pet seems anxious or afraid.
  • Your pet exhibits aggressive behavior.
  • You are planning, expecting, or have a new baby. 
  • You are worried about the safety of your family, other people, visitors to your home.
  • Your pet has bitten or injured you, another person, or another pet.
  • Your pet has destructive, self-injurious, or bizarre repetitive behaviors.
  • Your pet is urinating or defecating in the house.
  • You cannot leave your pet home alone.
  • You have considered re-homing or euthanizing your pet based on his or her behavior.
  • Something in your gut tells you that your pet's behavior is outside the norm of a happy, healthy dog or cat.

 If you are uncertain whether or not our services are right for your pet, please email us.


VETERINARY BEHAVIOR CONSULTATIONS AND FEES

New Patient Consultation - $590 

  • A New Patient Consultation is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours long. It will include the following:
    • A review of your pet's medical and behavioral history.  This includes information from:
      • A review of your pet's medical records from your primary care veterinarian
      • A behavioral history questionnaire that you provide prior to the consultation
      • A verbal history discussion with you during the consultation
      • Videos of your pet's behavior that you provide prior to the consultation
        (Note: please do not set your pet up to perform dangerous behavior in order to obtain video.  We do NOT need to see active aggression.  We learn more from videos that depict your pet's behavior in their environment and with their people on an ordinary day.)
    • Observation of your pet's behavior during the consultation, either done in-person or virtually (during Covid). Note: we do not need to see your pet perform aggressive behavior.  If in-person, our goal will be to avoid putting your dog in situations that would trigger aggressive behavior
    • An explanation or your pet's behavioral diagnosis(es) will be discussed. You will learn why your pet's undesired behavior is happening and what causes it.
    • A discussion of any medical concerns that might be causing or exacerbating your pet’s behavior.  If there are medical concerns, recommendations for diagnostic testing and treatment through your primary care vet or a specialist will be made. 
    • Recommendations for safety management and prevention of dangerous behavior will be given.
    • If indicated, the use of behavioral medications and supplements will be discussed, including, how they work, their benefits, and any potential side effects. Written instructions will be provided on how to use recommended medications. 
    • Additional information, handouts, and how-to videos will be emailed after the consult which will review what was discussed during the consultation and provide further detail and information.
  • One Follow Up Consultation, to assess progress and plan next steps, provided at no additional charge, if completed within 2-4 months of the initial consultation. This consultation will last 30-60 minutes.
    If additional follow up consultations are needed, they are available at additional charge

Charges for lab work, behavior equipment, behavior therapy training, and medication (if indicated) are additional.

Non-behavioral procedures will be directed back to your primary care veterinarian, or to an another veterinary specialist if indicated.

 Level II Veterinary Behavior Consultation Fee: $350
  • For patients who have already had an initial consultation and follow up within the last 2 years, but continued care is needed, or new problems have arisen.
  • Level II consultations last 30-60 minutes
  • Medical and behavioral history and progress since the last consultation will be assessed.
  • Additional diagnoses will be explained if indicated
  • Additional treatment recommendations will be given.
  • The need for additional follow up visits vary from case to case.
  • If we have not seen your pet in over 2 years, starting over with a new patient consultation is required.
 
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