Pet Info

Clomicalm® - improving behaviour

Animal behaviour is influenced by three factors: genetics, past experience and present situation. In an attempt to correct a behaviour problem we must consider that we will never alter an animal’s genetically-based characteristics, for example, a Burmese cat likes climbing more than other breeds.

We can’t alter an animal’s past experiences, for example, time spent in a shelter or as a stray.The pet will have learnt behaviours in the past that are no longer appropriate, however, we can change these learnt responses with behaviour modification training.
To some extent we can control the pet’s current environment, for example, adding more interesting toys to the house or “denning” the cat when visitors arrive.

However, we may not be able to prevent a thunderstorm or move house to pacify an anxious cat.

When we decide that we need to treat a behaviour disorder or improve an animal’s behaviour, we need to consider all these aspects and accept that there are behaviours that are innate to dogs and cats such as barking, meowing, grooming, walking etc. and we will never stop them completely however, with behaviour modification we can attempt to improve inappropriate behaviours to a level that you can live with.

So why does your pet require medication?

Anxiety-related and stereotypic behaviours in animals and humans appear to be related to the levels of certain chemicals normally present in the brain. It was discovered that certain medications prevented the breakdown of these natural chemicals, increasing their levels in the brain which resulted in a reduction in feelings of anxiety.

When animals are anxious or panicking they can not learn. So, Clomicalm® reduces this level of anxiety so that the behaviour modification techniques you will use will work better and faster. Clomicalm® enables learning. It has been shown that pets treated with
Clomicalm® respond to therapy up to 3 times faster and that this response will be greater than if behaviour modification is used alone.

How soon will I see results?

Clomicalm® reduces anxiety and enables animals to learn new behaviours quickly so the better the behaviour modification training the quicker the response will be. The speed of response will vary with the severity of the condition.

Severe conditions will respond slower than milder conditions and treatment may continue for longer. In mild cases improvement may be seen as early as a week after commencement of therapy. In most cases dedicate at least 4 weeks to medication and behaviour modification to gauge the response.

It is a good idea to measure the behaviour, for example, measuring time spent barking, before treatment then repeat these measurements every week and compare to this baseline.