The consultation begins with owners filling a comprehensive behavior questionnaire that Dr. JD reviews twice before she meets
with the owners and the patient. An average of 40-45 minutes is devoted to preparation for each individual case. She will
make a list of questions she will want more information on and another of problems, possible diagnoses, treatment options
and the weaknesses and strengths of each suggestion she is thinking about.
The in-person behavior consultation usually lasts about 1 to 1 1/2 hours during which your pet's behavior will be observed
and all the previous notes compared and fine-tuned with what she sees and discusses with you. The dynamics of your interactions
with your pet will be examined from the point of view of the behavior that is normal for the species. A diagnosis, prognosis,
and treatment of your pet's behavior problem will be discussed with you. Behavior modification techniques may be demonstrated.
If warranted, use of medication will be discussed. You will receive a written statement of the recommendations. Dr. Juarbe-Díaz
will work in close cooperation with your veterinarian, who will receive a behavior consultation report. A prescription for
medication may be given during the consultation, but your veterinarian will perform any follow-up diagnostic tests that are
Follow-ups over the telephone or email are included with each consultation for 4 months after the initial visit, as long
as they involve the original problem. After this time, a recheck exam is recommended.