Pet Behavior Services

Pet BehaviorBehavior problems in companion animals are common and lead to frustration for both pets and owners. The RBVH Behavior Department is committed to keeping your pets at home, strengthening your human–animal bond, and maximizing quality of life.

Common Behavioral Problems Treated by the RBVH Behavior Service

  • Age-related cognitive dysfunction—Night waking, pacing, elimination mistakes, disorientation to environment
  • Aggression toward humans or other animals—Fear aggressions, irritability, play aggression, redirected aggression, territorial behavior, household inter-pet aggression
  • Compulsive and repetitive behavior—Spinning, tail chasing, fly-snapping, shadow chasing, repetitive pacing, canine lick dermatitis, feline over-grooming or psychogenic alopecia, feline hyperesthesia
  • Fears and phobias—Thunderstorms, noise, automobile, change of environment, object fear
  • House-soiling and urine marking—House-soiling, such as inappropriate eliminations involving feces, urine, or marking behaviors; it may also be anxiety-related, a form of social conflict, or underlying preferences or aversions
  • Separation anxiety—Acute, chronic, barrier frustration, destructive behavior, excess vocalizing
  • Unruly and destructive behavior—Jumping up, stealing food or objects, scratching or chewing furniture, jumping on counters or furniture, excessive vocalization, pulling on leash

Available Pet Behavior Services

  • Full behavior consultations—For owners of pets with existing behavioral problems.
  • New pet appointments—For owners of newly adopted pets of all ages without serious pre-existing behavioral problems, including jumping up, rough play, and scratching.
  • Pre-adoption or pre-purchase pet selection counseling—To help you choose the right pet by matching your lifestyle and preferences with the best species, breed, and temperament. Explore available sources including breeders, shelters, rescue organizations, pet stores, newspaper ads, and online-suppliers.
  • Preventive appointmentsOnly for pets without pre-existing behavioral concerns, these short consults help prevent the development of problems. Prepare your pet for changes at home such as introducing a new pet, the arrival of a baby, or moving to a new home.
  • Medical needs appointments—To manage a specific problem related to your pet’s medical care. Medical needs issues include:
    • Crate-training an exercise-restricted dog prior to or after surgery
    • Converting an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat to a purely indoor cat
    • Getting a pet accustomed to being pilled or receiving insulin or allergy injections
    • House-soiling due to medical problems such as kidney disease or Cushing’s disease
    • Decreasing household stress for cats with feline urinary syndrome (FUS)

These appointments require a referral by the primary care veterinarian and are not appropriate for addressing aggression issues.

Therapeutic Massage for Dogs

Therapeutic massage is beneficial for nervous and anxious dogs, as well as those needing desensitization to touch and handling. Dogs receive a full body massage, with emphasis on encouraging calmer or more relaxed postures and behavior.

This therapy can be combined with behavior modification and desensitization work with Dr. Kroll and is offered as a drop-off service.

Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

210 Route 206 S.
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

(908) 359–3161

Our canine behavior history form or feline behavior history form must be completed and returned to our office at least 48 hours prior to your appointment.

Prior to your appointment, please ask your primary care veterinarian to fax your pet’s medical records and recent lab work to our hospital. We strongly recommend a full physical examination by your primary care veterinarian before scheduling an appointment with the RBVH Behavior Department.