Well, there actually IS a therapist for pets! And while it may sound silly at first, it's not. Dr. Pat is an animal behaviorist who can help folks and their pets live together harmoniously. If you are having trouble with a behavior your pet has like anxiety or not using the correct "potty" or not getting along well with someone in your family, please consider consulting with Dr. Pat. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable about pets and their people and will work with you and your pet through behavior modification exercises that are usually fun and rewording for you and your pet. He can also prescribe medications if that is necessary (yes, he's a pet psychiatrist, too!) My person Sue did not know what to do with my anxiety and frankly I just could not explain it to her--sign language is just so difficult when you have to stand on your hands AND you have no thumbs. Anyway, finally, she got a clue and took me to see Dr. Pat. Although I don't really trust "professionals" at all, he did help her to understand me and they finally found the right combination of medications and supplements to help me as well. My person says he is not a crazy try this new "natural" supplement person just to make a buck. He is very science-based and doesn't recommend a drug or supplement that he has not had a personal (or proximal) positive experience with. All in all, Dr. Pat is good people, and will take good care of your pet and you so that you can have a good, long-lasting relationship.
Posted: 6/17/2011 • Last edited: 4/26/2012 • Link to this review
Dr. Melese did a house csll to help with the emergency training of my mother and brother's new Terrier and Poodle mix shelter dog.My brother had been hospitalized for prostate cancer and came in contact with several therapy dogs. They were very helpful to him so when he came home my mother found a similar looking shelter dog to be at home with him. We quickly discovered the difference between cute and a good companion. Dr. Pat came to the rescue and within minutes had "Benji" wanting to be a part of the family. He patiently trained the owners to help this dog not be an anxiety filled wild indian but a possible member of the family.Dr.Pat followed up the several hour training with a report and training aids. His professionalism, friendly demeanor and knowlege was just what we needed. I highly recommend his talents to people needing hope and help for their wild indians.
Posted: 6/15/2011 • Last edited: 4/26/2012 • Link to this review
We adopted a middle-aged cat in 2007 from an elderly friend when she could not take him to her assisted living facility. We thought we were cat experts, but he turned out to be so domineering we feared we could not integrate him into our household with three existing cats. Dr. Melese helped us tap into "Junior's" natural intelligence and food motivation to turn our problem cat into a happy and lovable household member. We learned things from Dr. Melese's coaching that has improved our relationships with our other cats as well.
Posted: 6/12/2011 • Last edited: 4/26/2012 • Link to this review
Dr. Melese has helped my dog & me so much with his anxiety issues. Dr. Melese is professional, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable. His insight and expertise made a difference almost right away. I would recommend him to anyone who cares about their pet & needs help with any behavioral issue. Consulting the best has been both effective & efficient. If you & your pet need help, call him!
Posted: 6/05/2011 • Last edited: 4/26/2012 • Link to this review
I brought my dog (a rescued English Bull Terrier) to Dr. Melese because of severe aggression issues. Seeing Dr. Melese was a last resort to euthanasia. Through medication and training prescribed by Dr. Melese, my dog has made amazing progress. I love my dog and he is alive today because of Dr. Melese.
Posted: 6/02/2011 • Last edited: 5/18/2012 • Link to this review
Before Dr. Melese, I thought I was going to have to put one of my two dogs to sleep. The fights had gotten to where they were unprovoked and I had to keep them separated at all times. Tests ruled out anything biochemical, and although crushed by the prospect of losing one of our 'kids', my husband and I felt it was our only option as we feared that the dogs were no longer safe. After the first visit with Dr. M. we started to see a difference. In understanding the pack mentality, controlling the environment and becoming leader of the pack, the dogs started to respect each other more and could be together for short periods of time. Fast forward to today where they play, rough-house and pal around together with no fights in more than two years.
Posted: 6/02/2011 • Last edited: 4/26/2012 • Link to this review
I am very sorry that this particular apparently unidentified possible past client?? (only identified by "savetime") did not seem to find value in our specialty veterinary behavior services. We are a boarded and licensed veterinary specialty practice and must properly work-up his pet's behavior problem and then create a customized, comprehensive treatment plan to help the pet owner safely and humanely proceed to resolve, or at least manage, their pet's behavior problems. Perhaps, if that was not what he was looking for, indeed "savetime" should have simply seen a dog trainer to "jump in" (right or wrong, humane, appropriate or not) and "offer solid" advice straight away (just skip the critical behavior history interview, examination, assessment and diagnosis stage and just jump on in and give immediate treatment advice regardless). As a veterinary specialty practice our most important rule is: "FIRST DO NO HARM" and that means we really must know exactly what is going on with a pet and their owners before "jumping in" and offering advice. Additionally appropriate behavioral work-up including history, exam, diagnosis and treatment plan must be documented in medical records by Veterinary Practice Law. We do not offer routine dog training and the majority of "lay" dog trainers simply do not have the education, training, background or experience to deal with serious pet behavior problems although all too many present themselves in this way as a marketing strategy. Since they are not veterinary doctors, any dog trainer can call themselves almost anything other than a veterinarian (for example: behavior expert, dog psychologist, behavior modification expert, dog behaviorist, dog whisperer, etc. are all mostly used as self-appointment marketing labels as there is virtually no regulation in this area unless one is a veterinary doctor). That being said we are very sorry that "savetime" (assuming that he/she actually did come to our practice in the past) did not seem to be satisfied with the services he received since we personally strive very hard to provide the very best services affordably possible for our clients and have thousands of very satisfied clients over 2.5 decades in this area. Not sure what you mean by "valid or worth much" but I can assure you that each review was written and posted by an actual client of our specialty behavior service and each made the review directly with the review site and we have not edited or embellished their own words or ratings in any way. We are also troubled by the notion that you suggest that other clients' experiences were somehow "not valid or worth much." We sincerely hope that your pet is doing well and the behavior issues have improved:-)
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