You do not need a referral; however, we highly suggest that your primary veterinarian continue to take part in all aspects of your pet’s health and well-being. Dr. Malamed will provide your veterinarian with a full written report of your pet’s visit.
The initial appointment is typically 1.5 to 2 hours but this may depend on the complexity of the case.
Appointment fees are based on Dr. Malamed’s expertise, individualized treatment plan, length of appointment, and telephone follow-up, and are comparable to those of other veterinary specialists. Please contact the Dr. Malamed for her fee schedule.
There are some insurance companies that provide coverage. Currently, Trupanion provides the most extensive coverage compared to other insurance companies. Trupanion will cover 90% of actual charges and with no payout limits for behavioral modification, training, and therapy providedby a licensed Veterinary Behaviorist for the treatment of a symptomatic behavioral illness. This includes coverage for the costs of prescription medications or supplements. For more information, please call Trupanion Customer Care (24/7) at 80-569-7913 or visit their website http://trupanion.com.
Since Dr. Malamed is a Veterinarian it is illegal for her to make a diagnosis and give treatment recommendations over the telephone. Dr. Malamed must see the patient and obtain a history in order to make a diagnosis.
Medications are never the sole answer for an animal’s behavior problems. Science based behavior modification techniques are critical to changing the animal’s response; however, Dr. Malamed may prescribe medications in addition to behavior therapy if she determines that it is necessary to treat your pet.
All family members should make an attempt to be at the appointment, so that all of the involved people can give input into the history of your pet’s behavior problem, as well as be present for the discussion of the treatment of the problem.
If your pet’s problem is fighting with another household pet, we ask that no more than two animals be present at the appointment without prior approval from Dr. Malamed. A videotape of their interactions reveals a lot about their problem (see below on how to set up the video sessions).
There are some things that you can do to help prepare for your appointment. First and foremost, exercise safety precautions if your pet is aggressive. Do not put your pet into situations which are potentially dangerous to you, your pet, other people or animals.
You should keep a journal of the following:
As mentioned previously, exercise safety precautions if your pet is aggressive. Do not put your pet into situations which are potentially dangerous to any person or animal.
Do not videotape your pet if you feel that your pet will harm itself. Set up a videocamera in your house WHEN YOU ARE NOT HOME. Place the camera so as to visualize as much area as possible or the paricular area where your pet spends his/her time when alone.
Again, EXERCISE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS so that there is no risk of injury to any of the animals. If necessary, they should be separated by leash and/or behind gates or glass doors. Dr. Malamed can determine quite a bit by body language between the pets.
Display the areas where your pet has eliminated. If possible, catch your pet in the act.