Behavioural problems in animals are not always inherent. Behavioural problems can be due to behavioural causes, medical causes, or both. They can often have underlying medical causes that can be treated. At Rural Vets, when a presenting animal displays severe behavioural problems, our veterinarians will investigate behavioural problems by obtaining a full history and conducting a full examination (sometimes your pet may require blood or urine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions) to accurately diagnose a problem. Both the history and the results of the examination by the veterinarian feed into the diagnosis and any remedial action that might be suggested. Many behavioural problems are often the combined effect of many factors, including your pet’s environment and learning.
Genetics can also predispose your pet to some behaviours; however, the expression of those behaviours will depend on your pet’s early socialisation and training. However, your pet expresses those behaviours will depend on your its early socialisation and training.