William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Activities, Procedures, & Forms

We see various types of animals, with many different behavioral problems. Some of the problems we routinely treat are:

Dogs: aggression, barking, destructiveness, fear, housesoiling, phobias, and separation anxiety
Cats: urine marking, inappropriate elimination, aggression, over-grooming, and scratching
Birds: aggression, anxiety, fear, and feather picking
Pet rodents and rabbits: aggression, repetitive behaviors
Horses: aggression, fear, trailering problems, foal rejection, and repetitive behaviors
Cattle and other production animals: welfare and husbandry issues related to production

As veterinarians, we are able to take all things into consideration when treating our patients, including incorporating any possible medical condition that could be playing a role in the behavior of the animal. With direct incorporation and education of veterinary students, the veterinarian will obtain a complete behavioral and medical history of the pet and its family, develop diagnoses for the problems, and communicate a treatment plan for the owners to follow to help change their pets' behavior. Reasonable telephone follow-up is included in the appointment fee. Our dog appointments include a follow-up appointment within 4 weeks.

Our service offers housecalls in the local area with prior approval from one of Personnel. These are much more valuable for problem behaviors in cats. A travel fee will be charged.

We also perform evaluations of shelter or other long-term housed animals to evaluate their behavior and welfare, as well as help shelters develop behavior protocols for the staff to implement. While behavioral observations ('temperament tests') are used, we derive a lot of the information from the history of the animal in question. Please contact our service for more information.

***If you have made an appointment, click here to download the dog prehistory form or click here to download the cat prehistory form.  Fill it out and return it to vetbehavior@ucdavis.edu or fax to 530-752-7616.***