Veterinary Behavior Consultants is a private specialty practice that has been helping owners and others with animal behavior problems in the Southern California area since before 1988. Dr. Patrick Melese is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and provides office appointments and housecalls to aid owners solve their pet's behavior problems.

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  City San Diego, CA
  Zip Code 92111
  Address 5040 Convoy St
  Phone Number (858) 259-6115

Products & Services

Consultation for pet Behavioral problems

Appointments for our specialist to work up with detailed intake history, relevant medical records and observations to arrive at behavioral diagnosis then develop treatment plan to help pet parents and others improve their pet's behavior. Environmental changes, behavior modification techniques and sometimes behavioral medications are all assessed for use in a customized treatment plan for your pet. For more details please see our website: www. sdvetbehavior. com We also offer expert witness services for legal cases, evaluations for rescue groups, presentations, etc.

  • I would recommend this business

Dr. Patrick Melese is truly a lifesaver! After having our vet and our trainer recommend euthanizing our 11 month old puppy I was at a loss. How could I possibly tell my children this?! Dr. Melese was our last hope and with all honesty I can say the only reason our dog is still alive is with his help, guidance and expertise. We have a large dog that became uncontrollable and unpredictable. I cried through our first appnt thinking there was no hope. Ive raised and rescued my entire life...what was I doing wrong? The one thing I never experienced (at least not knowingly) was having a ‘special needs’ dog. With having a proper diagnosis we began the long journey of behavior training (the dog and us), finding the right medication and treatment plan that would put our dog on a path that would suit his needs. If you are a dedicated pet parent, willing to do the work, there is NO ONE better suited to help. I left his office today, 2 years later, with an amazing dog that I am so proud of. Anyone who has watched our struggle has been able to witness the progress he has made. My family and I will be forever grateful for the hope, support, and restored faith we have in managing our wonderful, special dog.

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  • I would recommend this business

My little Rescue dog is like Dennis the Menace. Cute, but very badly behaved. With Dr. Patrick Melese, he has calmed down considerably with the help of some meds and tools I have learned to use. I still need to learn some things to help him, but that's on me. Dr. Pat was recommended by two different vets and I wish I had started the first time he was recommended. But, never too late and we have made incredible strides. Thank you!

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Working in combination with Dr. Melese and another veterinarian who is a neurological specialist, we were able to find medications to calm our two dogs so that they can live together in harmony. We were pretty much at our wit's end before the meds. One dog was a rescue from the Humane Society who exhibited very aggressive and unusual behaviors after we brought home a 5 month old "puppy" to be her companion. The puppy was attacked fiercely twice, and we were afraid of what might happen if we could not figure out what was wrong. It was the neurologist who suggested trying a drug that treats seizures, nerve pain and is somewhat sedating. That worked like a charm! Both dogs are on anti-anxiety meds as well. With some adaptations to our home, and some behavior modifications, we have been able to find a relatively "normal" life with these girls. Re-homing has not been necessary!

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  • I would recommend this business

Dr. Melese gave us our cats back. If you ask any vet in town they'll tell you he's the only actual specialist in animal behavior in town. It might work out, but I can't recommend going to anyone who simply claims to be a behaviorist. Dr. Melese is a professional, studies the literature, and applies it as a scientist. Oh, and our cats stopped fighting and are best friends again. Took awhile, but worth it.

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  • I would recommend this business

Dr. Melese gave me useful strategies when my 3 cats were feuding. Now our household is harmonious!

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From Our Website

At Veterinary Behavior Consultants, we believe that results are achieved through developing a partnership, and nurturing the bond between owners and their pets so that a harmonious relationship is created and maintained while teaching owners how to improve and manage their pet's behavior.