Dr. Krause suggests that you talk with your primary care veterinarian first about your pet's behavior issue and have a medical evaluation done. Some medical conditions can impact behavior. Also, it is important that your pet is in good general health while treating a behavior issue.
A lot of information will be gathered from you before the actual behavior consultation. You will be asked to complete a comprehensive behavior questionnaire. Your primary care veterinarian will also be asked to furnish any applicable medical and behavioral history. This information is invaluable and will be reviewed thoroughly prior to the consultation.
You may be asked to capture relevant behavior on video (ONLY if it can be accomplished without ANY danger to any humans or animals).
It is suggested to explore this entire website, including the Frequently Asked Questions Page, before making an appointment.
Call to make an appointment: (734) 454-7470
A behavior questionnaire (+ other history forms, if applicable) and a standard consent form will be emailed to you. These forms are to be completed and returned at least 7 days prior to your Zoom Intake Appointment. Contact your primary care veterinarian and have them complete and return a Veterinary History Form on your pet. They can find the Veterinary History Form under the "Veterinarians" tab.
Zoom Intake Appointment
Dr. Krause will conduct a 60-minute Zoom (telemedicine) appointment to ensure she has all of the details necessary to have a complete history. It is common that your answers to questionnaire questions lead to more questions. Although the Zoom appointment can happen anywhere you have an internet connection, it is helpful if you are at home and your pet is home with you.
Veterinary Behavior Evaluation
You and your pet will meet with Dr. Krause for a 1&1/2 to 2 hour appointment. All adult members of the household who regularly interact with the pet are strongly encouraged to attend. In most cases, younger children would be bored during the lengthy appointment, so it is best they not attend.
During the Veterinary Behavior Evaluation, Dr. Krause will form a behavioral diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment plans for behavioral issues are always multi-faceted. They include behavior modification exercises that are integrated into everyday routines, as well as management and modification of the pet's surroundings. In addition, some pets with behavior problems may also benefit from prescription medication. Since you are meeting with a licensed veterinarian experienced in treating behavior conditions, medication can be prescribed, if appropriate.
Dr. Krause will also inform you if there should be concern of a medical condition or illness that may be impacting your pet's behavior. Note: Any non-behavioral conditions or illnesses, as well as lab work (such as blood tests) will be referred back to the primary care veterinarian.
A commitment by all family members to help the pet is an essential part of all behavior treatment plans.
Housecalls are NOT available for ALL TYPES of appointments