Behavior Medicine And Counseling

Pend Oreille Veterinary Service treats and cares for the whole pet. We understand the importance of behavior wellness, addressing behavior challenges and helping owners give their pets the best life possible.

Our Behavior Medicine and Counseling facilitator, Dr. Deborah Ford, has served pets and their families since graduating in 1979. As a member of the clinical faculty at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked with colleagues and students alike to diagnose and treat patients showing signs of fear, anxiety and many other behavioral conditions.

Dr. Ford is here to hep you with behavior challenges of both dogs and cats, including:

  • Aggression and bite prevention
  • Fear induced behaviors
  • Separation anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • House soiling
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Cognitive dysfunction in older pets
  • And so much more!

Once the owner has filled out their pet's Behavior Consultation Questionnaire, Dr. Ford will evaluate and prepare a preliminary behavior treatment plan after which, a 1-hour behavior consultation appointment for you and your pet will be scheduled. Home visits are available on a case-by-case basis. Medications may be prescribed and follow-up appointments and communications will assure that progress is made, and that your pet is receiving the help they need.