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Behavioral issues are a leading cause for relinquishment to shelters. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, behavior problems are the number one cause of death in dogs under three years of age. Dr. Rachel understands how brain neurochemistry drives the process of learning and behavior and that the mental and physical health of pets are intrinsically linked.
After becoming a Veterinarian (DVM) in 2005, Dr. Rachel completed a 1 year internship in Los Angeles followed by a three-year clinical behavioral medicine residency at the University of California-Davis. In 2010 she became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. There are fewer than 100 board certified veterinary behaviorists in the country.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Rachel is able to diagnose and treat underlying medical issues impacting the pet’s behavior. She uses positive, humane and science-based behavior modification techniques. To achieve great results, her approach is tailored to each unique pet, owner and home environment.
Common behavior conditions include noise phobias, separation anxiety, fear of people or other animals, aggression, repetitive or compulsive disorders (e.g. light/shadow or tail chasing and fly snapping, excessive licking of objects), pica, cognitive dysfunction, elimination disorders and urinating outside the litterbox, acral lick dermatitis, and other underlying medical issues.
Dr. Rachel has testified in court as an experienced and qualified expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior issues (e.g. dog bites). Her expert opinions have played an important role in determining the outcome of these cases.
Dr. Rachel has published scientific research and authored chapters on clinical behavioral medicine in veterinary textbooks. She has shared her knowledge with major media outlets, including National Geographic Wild and a feature story in the New York Times Magazine. She has appeared on Inside Edition, NBC 11, The Huffington Post, and in Dog Fancy Magazine.
Fear and anxiety can have a significant impact on the quality and longevity of your pet’s life. The good news is that behavioral issues can be treated and prevented. Dr. Malamed can help. Welcome to her practice.