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Behavior Medicine




Behavior Team

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Sabrina Poggiagliolmi, DVM, MS, DACVB

Dr. Poggiagliolmi “Dr. Sabrina” is truly a world-traveler, she was born in Tuscany, Italy, and grew up in snowy Canada.  She returned to Italy to attend Veterinary School at the Università degli Studi di Milano, where she graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

Dr. Poggiagliolmi was engaged in private practice in Italy until she moved to the United States in 2006 to enroll in a 3-year comprehensive clinical residency in Veterinary Behavior Medicine at the University of Georgia where she was awarded a Master of Science degree with a major in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Poggiagliolmi, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and an integral member of the Long Island Veterinary Specialists Behavioral Medicine Department.   LIVS is the only facility on Long Island with a Behavioral Medicine Department which is committed to helping you communicate with your pet in a more positive and productive way to manage behavioral issues. 

Dr. Poggiagliolmi is an active member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.  When not at work, she enjoys trips to New York City, vacationing on the beach, and spending time with her two cats, Mirtillo ("Blueberry") and Patata ("Potato").


The goal of the Behavior Medicine Department is to provide solutions, not “quick fixes”, to pets’ behavior problems along with high quality veterinary care and humane behavior modification therapy. All of our recommendations reflect the most advanced knowledge in scientific principles of animal learning and not on outdated myths. Our goal is to strengthen the human-animal bond by utilizing behavior modification, counter-conditioning, desensitization, environmental modification, and positive reinforcement techniques. Owners’ education plays a vital role as well in achieving these goals. Appropriate medications will be prescribed only if considered necessary and always as adjunctive treatment to an outlined behavior modification plan, not as a sole treatment modality. We see pets with behavior issues such as:LIVS-behavior-2.png

• Aggression directed towards both humans and other pets
• Anxieties, fears and phobias
• Compulsive disorders
• Destructive behavior when unattended
• House Soiling
• Unruly behaviors


Our Process

Initial Assessment:

It starts with an (in-person) casual meeting with the pet and its owner where we make our initial assessment. We prefer that anyone who interacts with the pet in the household be present at this meeting so that we know as much as possible about the family and household dynamic early on. Our assessment meeting will go much smoother if the owner sends us the following at least 24 hours before his or her appointment, so we’ll have more time to talk about all of the issues:

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  • The completed history form
  • Copies of the pet’s medical records 
  • Any written training plans or notes from previous trainers or behaviorists
  • If possible, it’s always helpful if they could get a video of the pet while exhibiting the behavior problem is submitted

 

Treatment Packages:

After your initial assessment, you may choose one of the following non-refundable, additional treatment packages:

4 Month Package

• Written treatment plan
• Written letter to family veterinarian 
• 4 office visits
• Email support for 4 months

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6 Month Package

• Written treatment plan
• Written letter to family veterinarian 
• 6 office visits
• Email support for 6 months

12 Month Package

• Written treatment plan
• Written letter to family veterinarian 
• 12 office visits
• Email support for 12 months

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Schedule An Appointment Today!

Pet owners: 
Canine Behavior History Form   (Download PDF  |  Submit Online)
Feline Behavior History Form   (Download PDF  |  Submit Online

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Veterinarians Only:
If you are a client and fill out this form you will need to re fill out the Pet Owner Form.
Please fill out our Referral Form form today. Please click here. 


 

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