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Appointment Preparation

Once you have your appointment scheduled…

Forms
Once you have an appointment scheduled, complete and submit your forms. Forms will be supplied to you by email or regular mail, whichever is easier for you.

Information Collection
Medical records: Contact your regular veterinarian and ask to have your pet’s full medical records forwarded via email or fax prior to your appointment.
Video: Even if we are seeing your pet in your home, it will be helpful to have video of the specific behavior of concern. This will ensure that we see the behavior regardless of whether it is performed during the appointment. Please do not allow any unsafe situations to occur in order to get video footage.

Appointment Day Preparations
Food: We will make specific recommendations about how much to feed your pet on the day of the appointment, depending upon what time of day your appointment is scheduled. It is easier for your pet to participate in behavior modification exercises if they don’t have a full tummy.
cat-3162458_1920-2Restraints: Please bring all leashes, collars, harnesses, muzzles used on your pet currently or in the past.
Treats and toys: Bring a portion of your pet’s regular daily diet and high-value treats (soft training treats, hot dogs, sandwich meat, chicken breast or cheese) cut/broken into small pieces not larger than a Cheerio. If your pet is motivated by toys, please bring them to the appointment also.

Who should attend
All family members and others who interact with the pet regularly should plan to attend the appointment. Due to the length of appointments, however, we ask that you make arrangements away from the appointment for children under the age of five, or provide additional adult help specifically to tend to the needs of the child(ren). If you are working regularly with a trainer, it is best of the trainer can attend the appointment as well.

dog-1610937_1920Attend your appointment
Appointments can last between 1.5 to 3.0 hours
– Approximately 1-1.5 hours: evaluation and diagnosis, information about your pet’s condition, risk assesment as needed, and overview of the treatment plan
– Approximately 1-1.5 hours: management tools, foundation skills and behavior modification

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