As a veterinarian with a strong interest in animal behavior, I approach behavior issues with an approach analogous to treating a health issue. First, we discover the cause (diagnosis) of the troubling behavior (symptom), then we can develop a treatment plan. In addition to using behavior modification and the other tools of animal behaviorists, as a veterinarian I can also counsel you on the possible uses of medication in treating your pet’s issues. Additionally, I can help discover any health issues that may be contributing to your pet’s problem behavior.
I also enjoy working with clients to help their pets be less fearful and more co-operative during grooming procedures and veterinary visits.
***In response to the current public health situation, I will be working with clients to address their pet’s behavior concerns remotely utilizing video, phone call, email, and other tools. While this approach has its limitations, it will allow me to continue to help pets and their families during this crisis.***Academic Degrees, Schools & Dates:
Mississippi State University BS Animal Science 2002
Mississippi State University DVM 2005
Mississippi State University MS (focus on population and wildlife medicine) 2006Major Interest in Animal Behavior:
Through almost 15 years in small animal general practice I grew to recognize what a profound negative effect behavior "challenges" have on the bond between pet and owner. I also recognized that without proper education many pet owners fail to recognize the degree of their pets fear or the effects that anxiety is having on their pet's behavior and quality of life. I realized that my oath to improve pet well being, necessitated addressing these behavioral issues as well as traditional health issues.
After over a decade in full-time general practice, I now work as a relief veterinarian (filling in at various hospitals as needed) and offer behavior consulting services. I am happy to consult at clinics where I am working and also provide consultations directly to clients in the form of house calls.
I am very interested in preventing behavior issues before they start - consulting with puppy owners to address potential concerns can be most rewarding. I also work with pet owners to work through house soiling issues, general unruliness, separation anxiety, and other fear based issues.
- Place of Businesswww.heathergraddydvm.comAddress: Englewood
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