Do crazy owners make crazy pets?

October 3, 2016
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in West Palm Beach, Florida. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania where she received two national research awards. She has authored textbook chapters; writes a column for the Palm Beach Post and podcasts CE for VetGirl. She has published research papers on thyroid disease and clinician client communication and has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the behavior section editor for Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery, sits on the American Animal Hospital Association Behavior Management Guidelines Task Force and the Fear Free Advisory Board.

Essentially we're asking about nature vs. nurture. Get a veterinary behaviorist's point of view on this eternal question.

(Getty Images)It's easy to say that crazy owners DO make crazy pets, and it helps you let off steam, but Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB, says don't be quick to judge. In this excerpt from her "Your Veterinary Voice" podcast, she talks with dvm360 Business Channel Director Brendan Howard about how veterinarians-and owners themselves-are quick to put bad behavior squarely on the owners' shoulders. Ease up! That pup was more likely wired that way.

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