Behavioral Counseling IS NOT Available
at Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center

If you think that an animal is aggressive and could hurt a human being, call Animal Control immediately.

Support and Resources for Behavioral Health

At Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center, we recognize the importance of addressing behavioral issues in pets, which can significantly affect their quality of life and their relationship with you, their owner. Our hospital does not provide behavioral counseling services.

Understanding Behavioral Issues in Pets

Behavioral problems in pets can range from simple training issues to more complex disorders that significantly impact their behavior. Common issues include aggression, anxiety, excessive barking, destructiveness, and more. Addressing these problems requires specialized expertise in animal behavior.

Referrals to Behavioral Specialists

Since our team focuses on medical care, for behavioral issues, we refer pet owners to qualified animal behaviorists who specialize in diagnosing and treating behavioral problems. These professionals use techniques based on veterinary behavioral science to manage and modify unwanted behaviors effectively.

Ethical Considerations in Veterinary Practice

At Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center, we uphold the highest standards of ethical veterinary care. We do not provide convenience euthanasia services. Euthanasia is considered only when medically necessary to alleviate suffering due to incurable health conditions where no reasonable alternative exists to relieve severe pain or distress.

Responsibilities of Veterinarians Regarding Euthanasia

As veterinarians, our primary responsibility is to save lives and ensure the welfare of the animals in our care. When presented with a request for euthanasia that is not medically necessary, a veterinarian is required to:

  • Assess the animal's health and overall quality of life.
  • Discuss all possible alternatives to euthanasia with the pet owner, including rehoming, behavioral counseling, and other supportive measures.
  • Refuse to perform euthanasia if it does not align with ethical veterinary practices.

Support for Tough Decisions

If you are facing difficult decisions about your pet’s behavioral issues or end-of-life care, please contact us. For matters requiring behavioral intervention, we can connect you with experts in the field. For end-of-life situations, we ensure compassionate guidance that respects the welfare of your pet.

Contact Information for Mat-Su Animal Control

For immediate assistance or intervention in cases where public safety may be concerned, or where animals require rescue, please contact Mat-Su Animal Control directly at (907) 746-5500.
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