Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)
How can I schedule an appointment?
Currently, Dr. Sinn sees clients at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital and The Life Centre-West. Hours vary by facility. Schedule an appointment easily online. For house visits, please contact Dr. Sinn via our contact form.
*Note that you will be required to complete a comprehensive questionnaire about your pet's behavior (available on the FORMS page) and that your pet should have basic blood work (complete blood count, chemistry panel and thyroid levels-T4) completed by your primary veterinarian prior to the appointment.
Why do you require a questionnaire and blood work for every patient prior to an appointment?
The comprehensive questionnaire gives possible insights to any behavior related problems that your pet might be having so that the time during your appointment can be spent observing and targeting those specific problem areas. Additionally, many problematic behaviors may have underlying medical causes--once treated and diagnosed the behavior problems may also resolve (an example would be a cat urinating outside of its litterbox because of cystitis).
Clients fill out an extensive questionnaire before the consultation. Admittedly, it is a bit tedious but it provides the background information needed to be able to make appropriate recommendations that will work for an individual client and their pet(s). If possible to do so SAFELY, clients are also asked to try to obtain videos of any behaviors that are of concern and either upload them when submitting the behavior questionnaire or email them. Copies of your pet's medical records should also be submitted online via the website or by email. Clients will be asked to practice any techniques that are discussed in order to make sure that they can be applied. In partnership, a comprehensive treatment plan will be developed and implemented.
The appointment provides clients with the consultation itself, a written write up of findings and recommendations, handouts on applicable techniques and free follow up with our licensed veterinary technicians via email or phone after the appointment. If aggression is a concern, risk will also be discussed. Blood work or medication, if recommended, would be an additional charge. Medication adjustments are accomplished via telemedicine utilizing phone or Facetime/Skype and cost $95. Rechecks, if needed, occur ~3-6 months after the initial consultation and cost $295-325 in clinic or $195 via telemedicine.
Do you ever prescribe medication? How can I get a refill?
In some cases, behavior modification will be supplemented with medication. This is especially true in situations where the pet is scared or anxious or where underlying medical conditions may be contributing to behavioral problems.
Refill requests may be submitted online through the website.
Punishment is not an effective training approach. It creates fear and anxiety and can be dangerous for the owner if the pet reacts aggressively. We will show you how to interact with your pet in a positive manner that creates a happy, trusting relationship.
A behavior consultation at a veterinary facility is $395. Inter-dog aggression cases with multiple dogs are $395 for EACH dog-all dogs involved in the behavior problem must be individually evaluated. Rechecks, if needed, are $295 and occur approximately 3-6 months after the initial appointment. Telemedicine rechecks via phone or Facetime/Skype are also an option and cost $195. Annual behavior rechecks are $295 and must occur in person. All weekend and emergency appointments incur a $35-$50 convenience fee. Discounts are available for 501c3s rescues, shelters, police, SAR, trainer, veterinarian and LVT owned dogs.
House calls within Loudoun County are $795. Other locations are by private arrangement with the total cost varying according to distance traveled and time involved. Please use the contact form to schedule a house call.
FREE follow up email or phone support is available from our licensed veterinary technicians for two months after the date of your last visit. After two months, additional behavioral support is available which can be scheduled online.