Initial Behavior Consultation for New Patients – Dog: $410, Cat: $380
The first component of the initial consultation (in-office) is 1 ½ hours. During the in-office portion, Dr. Rigterink reviews your pet’s behavior history and medical records and observes your pet in the office (and by any video clips you provide). We may perform a physical exam if indicated.
After the assessment is completed, Dr. Rigterink develops an individualized treatment plan suited to the needs of both pet and owner. The plan will include medical and behavioral recommendations. The behavioral plan includes a combination of (1) management strategies (2) behavior foundation exercises (3) mental enrichment activities (4) training tools (5) behavioral supplements and/or behavioral medication as needed. All the above are important components in every treatment plan. You will receive a comprehensive behavior visit summary that will outline the treatment plan for your pet. Dr. Rigterink will contact your primary veterinarian and send him/her a copy of the visit summary.
The second component included in the initial consultation process is a 15-minute video conference scheduled a few weeks after the in-office visit to answer any questions about the initial plan.
Unlimited email follow-up is included for up to 3 months after the initial consultation. A “current patient recheck appointment” is scheduled 3 months after the initial consultation.
Current Patient Recheck Appointment – $120
Rechecks are an integral part of behavior therapy. Behavior recheck appointments are scheduled in 3-month increments after the initial behavior consultation; the periodic recheck appointments allow us to evaluate your pet’s response to the prescribed behavior modification training and behavior medication plan and adjust as indicated. Please note that Dr. Rigterink must see your pet for an in-person recheck appointment at least once every 6 to 12 months to maintain a valid doctor-patient relationship.
Behavior Modification Training Sessions
Our patients often require specialized behavior modification training for such problems as loose leash walking/reactivity, relaxation protocols, and desensitization/counter conditioning to specific triggers. Our behavioral training techniques are based on science, and we do not advocate or prescribe aversive methods (i.e. shock collars, prong collars, correction-based training) to modify behavior.
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