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Part 1 - Behavioral History

The most important thing you can do for your patients is take a complete behavioral history. This is an extremely complicated topic. That’s one of the reason so many consultants make use of questionnaires before sitting down with the family. Even simple information such as diet and bathroom habits tell me a lot about the composition of the household. At the bottom of this article is Dr. Pike’s current questionnaire form. [Edit: I couldn't figure out how to do that so it's going to be on our "Consults" page] This will give you an idea of the information we typically request of our patients. Customize your own though, organize as needed, and include more or less information depending on how you operate.

First, we need to assess the basic composition of the household. Who lives there, how do they interact, what type of training has the animal had, etc. All of those basic questions are outlined in the questionnaire. Most of us know how to do that, so I won’t beat it into the ground. Instead, I’m going to list the top 10 aspects of a behavioral history and explain why they’re important.

Identify 10 key points: