Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Long Trail Veterinary Center offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household and household pets that are in conflict with one another. Oftentimes a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, and kidney disease). We will help you recognize, validate and categorize behavior problems. We work closely with you in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. If our staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behaviorist.
One of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge on the important role that proper nutrition plays in overall health. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies and even prescription diets.
Long Trail Veterinary Center has trained staff available to help you with your pet's nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products both at the hospital and online. If your pet requires a prescription diet or any other product we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, environmental allergies, and other conditions.
In numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. We believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. Not only does our pharmacy mean you don't have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy. Each medication becomes part of your pet's medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.
We highly encourage pet owners to purchase prescriptions from a licensed veterinarian versus an online or box store retailer. If for some reason something goes wrong with the medication, the product company will only reiumburse you if the item was purchased directly from a veterinarian. For example, a pharmacist for human medicine is not typically going to be knowledgeable of the types of complications a pet would experience from a prescription. Therefore, you could be putting your pet at risk.