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Nutrition and Behavior

Nutrition

Ever heard the expression that “you are what you eat”? Well the same is true for our pets. A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense and a cornerstone of preventive care. Proper daily nutrition will go a long way in keeping your pet healthy by bolstering the immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals.

Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, based on age, breed, health conditions and lifestyle factors—which can make choosing the right pet food complicated. At Hopewell Animal Hospital our veterinarians and staff can take the guesswork out of feeding your pets by advising you about what’s right for your animal.

Have questions or concerns about what your pet is eating? Call us at (513) 745-0890.

Behavior

Behavior issues are something most pet owners face at one time or another and sadly, they can create such frustration it breaks the bond between pet and person. At Hopewell Animal Hospital our veterinarians and technicians are experienced and educated about behavior problems and can provide help through training suggestions, environmental changes at home, and potentially prescribe medications to help calm your pet and facilitate other behavioral modification training.

Some typical behavior issues that we can help you with include:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Noise aversion
  • Inappropriate elimination/litterbox issues
  • Excessive barking
  • Obsessive licking/lick granulomas
  • Chewing
  • Pica/Coprophagia
  • Aggression/Irritability

Initially, it’s always important to rule out a medical or physical cause for the behavior, especially if it is a sudden change. Pets can’t tell you when something is wrong, so the behavior could be the symptom of a serious health problem. If you notice your pet acting abnormally you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

To schedule an appointment or consultation with a veterinarian, call us at (513) 745-0890.