Dog Initial Consultation $410
*PLEASE READ: A NONREFUNDABLE reservation fee of $100 is required to hold the appointment slot and is applied to the total initial consultation fee ($410) charged at the end of the visit. Please see our cancellation policy under FAQs on the website.
*Please fill out the canine behavior history form found on the website under "Resources" at least 3 days before the appointment for our review to prepare for the appointment.
The first component of the initial consultation (in-office) is 1 ½ hours. During the in-office portion, Dr. Rigterink reviews your pet’s behavior history and medical records and observes your pet in the office (and by any video clips you provide). We may perform a physical exam if indicated.
After the assessment is completed, Dr. Rigterink develops an individualized treatment plan suited to the needs of both pet and owner. The plan will include medical and behavioral recommendations. The behavioral plan includes a combination of (1) management strategies (2) behavior foundation exercises (3) mental enrichment activities (4) training tools (5) behavioral supplements and/or behavioral medication as needed. All the above are important components in every treatment plan. You will receive a comprehensive behavior visit summary that will outline the treatment plan for your pet.
The second component included in the initial consultation process is a 15-minute video conference scheduled a few weeks after the in-office visit to answer any questions about the initial plan.
Unlimited email follow-up is included for up to 3 months after the initial consultation. A “current patient recheck appointment” is scheduled 3 months after the initial consultation.
Anyone who will be working with your pet should try to attend the initial consultation (in person or video) except for young children because of the length of the consultation.
It is important to remember that behavior treatment plans require your input and hard work to be successful.
After the initial consultation, our office will communicate directly with your primary veterinarian and send them a copy of the visit summary to make sure they are informed of the plan.
Reservation Fee Applied to Total Consultation Fee $100 · 2 hours