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Behavior Consults

Behavior Consults

If your dog or cat is affected by fear, anxiety, or is displaying other unwanted behaviors, we are here to help! Winter Park Vet is lucky to have Dr. Rebecca McIntosh, DVM on our team to help you with your dog or cats behavior concerns. Dr. McIntosh is fear free certified as well as being a certified low-stress handler. She has a special interest in canine and feline behavior medicine and is a member of the Florida Force Free Veterinary Behavior and Trainers Network. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and the Pet Professional Guild.

Her approach involves a thorough review of behavioral history, observation and evaluation of behaviors during consult, and a physical examination. She is also able to offer insightful training advice, behavior modification and other alternatives if the issue isn’t medical.

Since behavior problems do not exist in a vacuum it is extremely important to assess any medical components and identify triggers.

Behavior FAQ’s

Do I have to be a patient at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital?
No, Dr. McIntosh sees behavior cases on a referral basis. This includes established WPVH patients as well as external referrals from other veterinarians and local trainers in the community. All behavior consult questionnaires must be accompanied by medical records in order to move forward with the scheduling process.

Does my pet need vaccines?
Yes! For the safety of our team your pet needs to be fully vaccinated before the behavior consult. Individual situations are evaluated on a case by case basis and any exceptions must be approved before a behavior consult can be scheduled.

Why do I need to fill out my form prior to the consult?
We want to maximize the value in our behavior consultation. By getting Dr McIntosh all the information requested on the behavioral consultation form she can have better understanding of you and your pets needs and cater the consult directly to solving your issues, not researching the problem. Incomplete questionnaires result in scheduling delays and may affect our ability to accept a referred case. Accepting behavior referrals is subject to doctor discretion.

Where is the Wellness Center?
Most of our consultations take place at the Wellness Center. This is a smaller building next to our main hospital at 1613 Lee Rd. We have a gated outdoor area and very comfortable indoor exam rooms for total flexibility during the consult. The Wellness Center is designed to be a relaxing and calming environment so maximize your consults efficacy. Treating behavioral problems is a team effort and a labor of love. We look forward to becoming part of your pet’s healthcare team.

What is Forcefree Training?
The best definition come directly from the Forcefree website. We appreciate the commitment you are making to your pets physical and emotional well being.

Build The Bond. Do No Harm.

The Central Florida Force-Free Veterinary Behavior & Trainers Network’s mission is to first and foremost DO NO HARM to the animals we have been entrusted with educating. To teach, guide, and coach their caregivers so they can take ownership of their animals’ education, and to do so through interactions based on rewards, respect for their animals’ needs, mutual trust, and love.

For more information and to see Dr. McIntosh’s profile please visit https://www.forcefreeflorida.com.

Services Provided:

  • Aggression Issues
  • Choosing the right Pet for your Family
  • Compulsive Disorders
  • Cooperative Care
  • Enrichment
  • Fears and Phobias
  • General Behavior Issues
  • Inappropriate Elimination
  • Puppy and Kitten Socialization
  • Reactivity
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Training Referrals

Online Review

I called in with a problem with my new puppy. My awesome Vet Dr. McIntosh returned the call in no time at all. She was amazing. Put me at ease. Told me what to do. Prescribed a med that they could leave at front desk for me. I was able to pick it up the same day. I so appreciate the staff and Vet helping me so quickly. They are awesome! Way more than 5 stars! – Lyn Kleiman

We are new to the area, and were told to go here by some friends. We have 2 dogs, and one of them is very shy around new people. At other vet offices, he has had bad experiences with staff pushing him past his comfort zone, but Dr. Mcintosh and the staff here have been so gentle with him. Dr. Mcintosh even took him outside, to do the exam where he was more relaxed. I’m really impressed with their level of care. During the exam, she detected a fractured tooth, so we scheduled him for surgery. His recovery from that procedure has been impressively quick. I am sure her technique and attention to detail are part of the reason he’s doing so well. We couldn’t be happier! – Laura Domet

We moved to Winter Park Vet Hospital to follow Dr. McIntosh because she is the greatest vet of all time. She saw my dogs at the last office she was at until their last days and took the best care of them. Now that my senior dogs have passed and I have a new puppy I am so glad we followed her over to WPVH. All the staff is so wonderful and patient with our baby. Phoebe is the greatest tech ever and is quickly becoming our pups best friend. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my little fur baby. They are timely, they care so much about our puppy and his well being. The office is really nice and the location is really convenient for Winter Park/Maitland people but honestly it’s worth driving to even if you’re further out. Our dog will never go to another vet hospital.
Kristen Barnhardt