A frustrating problem
It is often very hard to live with an animal with a behaviour problem. It can be frustrating, humiliating, even heart-breaking and very dangerous. In cases where behavioural issues exist, there is often a lack of understanding of what is going on and why it is occurring. This often leads to animals never getting the necessary help and treatment they need and even worse, receiving unethical, inappropriate and damaging treatment and training.
Behaviour affects other medical diseases
Importantly, there is significant overlap between mental health and physical health problems. Medical problems are commonly precipitated or made worse by psychological and emotional problems in our pets. Common conditions caused or made worse by anxiety disorders include skin disease, allergic disease, chronic infections, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract disease and respiratory disease. Anxiety also worsens pain perception and lowers the pain threshold. This is an under-recognised phenomenon and deserves more focus and attention.