Badly Behaved Pets No Match for Veterinarian at CSU
A large number of animal companions are surrendered to animal shelters
every year as a result of behavioral problems. Dr. Jennie Jamtgaard, a
veterinarian affiliated with the Department of Clinical Sciences, works
to repair these broken bonds and improve the relationship between owners
and their pets.
Dr. Jamtgaard, an applied animal behaviorist and professional consultant
in animal behavior since 2000, has found that as many as 90 percent of
owners surveyed state that there is something about their pet's behavior
that they would like to change. Some of these changes in behavior can be
made through behavior problem consultations.
"When the human-animal bond works the right way it is an enjoyable, fulfilling
relationship that has physiological benefits for both the person and their
pet,” said Dr. Jamtgaard. “Behavior problems cause frustration
and stress, slowly eroding that fragile bond. With the right interventions,
improvement is possible and owners can get their best friend back."
Dr. Jamtgaard offers her expertise to clients of the James L. Voss Veterinary
Teaching Hospital to help remedy behavior problems in dogs and cats. These
behaviors may include separation anxiety, aggression, elimination/litterbox
issues, compulsive behaviors, and fears, phobias or generalized anxiety.
Consultations at the hospital include a diagnostic interview, development
of a customized plan for treatment and three months of support and follow-up
during the treatment.
In addition to seeing patients with behavior issues at the hospital, Dr.
Jamtgaard teaches animal behavior classes in the College of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She also volunteers in shelters to help
address behavior problems in abandoned pets and does research in the areas
of separation anxiety, appetitive problems such as pica and coprophagy
and stress reduction in shelters.
For more information about behavioral services e-mail Dr. Jamtgaard at email@example.com
or call (970) 481-4252. To schedule an appointment
at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital call (970) 297-4477.