David McCluggage, D.V.M., C.V.A.

Aggression may be caused by behavioral problems, including:

  • Fear based aggression
  • Dominance aggression
  • Breed associated dominance
  • Mistreated and neglected animals
  • Unsocialized and poorly trained animals

Aggression can also be normal in many situations, such as:

  • Dogs protecting their home or people
  • Birds that are protecting their nests or people
  • Animals that feel threatened

Aggression is best handled using the following approaches:

  • Run conventional Western diagnostic tests and radiographs
    Treat any underlying problems
  • Pain is often an underlying cause of aggression.
    Painful animals feel less secure and are more likely to respond aggressively out of insecurity and fear.
  • Pain is often best managed with acupuncture and herbs.
    If the pain is due to arthritis of the legs or back pain, consider using Arthroplex
    Or Kaprex.

Consult with a behaviorist for training advice

Try not to use herbs or drugs that are designed to suppress aggression:

  • Suppressive therapies include pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, tranquilizers and mood altering drugs
    • It is better to cure a problem than suppress symptoms; work hard to find the root cause of the problem and fix it
    • Suppressive therapies are much more indicated when the animal is extremely dangerous to people or other animals
    • Suppressive drugs, when used, should always be used with behavior modification and the therapies listed below.

Complementary Therapies

    • When arthritis is causing pain that creates the aggression, consider adding Arthroplex
  • dl-phenylalanine
    • Endorphin or relieving effect
  • Feverfew
    • To control pain and fever
  • Chinese Herbs
    • When used to control aggression, each animal must be individually evaluated to prescribe the appropriate Chinese herbs.
    • Consult with a local holistic veterinarian or call for a Phone Consult
  • Migraway - an herbal product we often use that relieves pain, call us for availability of this product
  • Bach Flowers (Flower Essence Therapy)
  • Homeopathic Therapies
      • Homeopathy is very individualized, please call for a Phone Consult