Now that you are ready to get help for your pet’s problem behavior, you are already closer to living happily ever after with your pet!  Please read the details provided on this page and then call (949) 342-6644 or email Dr. Schwartz at Your patience is appreciated as Dr Schwartz replies to calls/emails in person and also schedules her appointments personally with you.  Appointment options and fees are described below.

Payment is by credit card through PayPal or cash transfer using Zelle. To view the fee schedule or pay fees in advance, please click here.

It is usually unnecessary to see your pet actually displaying the problem behaviors (for example, a dog barking at the UPS man). Most problems are easily described, and Dr Schwartz knows how to ask the right questions to get the information she needs to help your pet. Your description of your pet’s behavior problem is usually sufficient, but a video on your cell phone or photos may be requested along with your completed forms to clarify details.

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday. Sunday and home holiday appointments may be available for an additional fee of $300.   

Laboratory Tests

If laboratory or other diagnostic tests are recommended, you will be referred back to your primary care veterinarian. Laboratory fees are not included in the consult fees. Please ask your veterinarian to forward lab results to Dr. Schwartz even if they are within normal. Medication or alternative treatments cannot be prescribed without current laboratory results (generally within 3 months).

The Consult Fee for the first visit (typically 2 hrs) is $600.  If a follow up visit is needed, it is usually scheduled about 6 to 8 weeks later and is $550.  Further visits may be required, but may be 3 to 6 months apart or 6 to 12 months apart depending on your pet’s problem and individual progress.  The fee for the 3rd visit and beyond, such as the annual recheck fee,  $600.  There is no additional fee for phone calls or emails between appointments, or contact with your primary care veterinarian or other specialists regarding your pet’s case.

An Additional Pet Fee of $300 (in addition to the Consult Fee for the first pet) applies if there is more than one pet involved in the same problem. This fee is necessary because treatment of multiple pets are more complicated and typically require more communication between scheduled appointments.

Prescriptions are called in to the pharmacy at the time of each appointment; refills will last only until the next recommended or scheduled visit. If the prescription expires before the follow up visit there will be a $50 fee to extend it and only if the follow up visit is scheduled.

When is Payment Due? Appointments are confirmed with payment in full within  7 days of scheduling (see above).  Unconfirmed (unpaid) appointments cannot be held to be fair to other pet parents waiting to help their pets in need. Please discuss fees with Dr. Schwartz before making any payment. To review consultation fees, please see details above or click here.

To begin, first schedule your appointment and discuss your fees with Dr. Schwartz. Thank you!