Behavioural Counselling for Pets

You might have noticed changes in your pet’s behaviour recently that make it harder for you to interact with them. If your pet isn’t behaving like they usually would, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue or other concern. Behaviour counselling helps us identify the cause of your pet’s behaviour and provide you with tools to support them.

Why isn’t my pet acting like themselves?

Sometimes problematic behaviour is a symptom of underlying health issues like arthritis or gum disease. Our veterinary team will assess your pet to see if any health issues could be connected to changes in your pet’s behaviour. It’s important for us to explore this to make sure we’re not only treating the symptom but also the cause. If there are no health issues connected to your pet’s behavior, our team will provide support to minimize it. If your pet’s behaviour is impacting your daily routine or the dynamic at home, it might be time to book them an appointment with us at 403.934.3311.

What is a common behaviour issue you see?

We tend to see aggression in pets quite often. Pets don’t have the same grasp on language that we do so their aggression might be their way of asserting dominance or defending themselves against perceived threats. When engaging with other people or pets, they might act aggressively to protect you, their owners, home or toys. Aggressive dogs might snarl or bite others when they sense danger. Cats might arch their back or their tail might stand straight up. It’s important to get to the root of your pet’s behaviour, like fear or anxiety, to help them.

How do you treat it?

First, we’ll discuss any triggers that might be sparking this behavior in your pet. For example, are they only aggressive towards certain people or while they’re in specific environments? Identifying triggers can help us create remedies for the behaviour, like creating smoother transitions to sudden changes in their environment.

Last updated: September 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Strathmore Veterinary Clinic