Prescription Therapeutic Diets Vs Commercial Pet Food
There is no denying that the food we eat has an impact on our health, energy, and overall wellbeing. It is, therefore, no surprise that we have found the same to be true for our animal companions. Where once the family Fido was given leftover scraps or inexpensive commercial kibble, we now find that quality nutrition is important in determining the quality of life and longevity.
Sometimes pet owners come to their veterinarians and ask why they can’t just buy XYZ diet because it has similar claims in improving health (ex: urinary diets).
True therapeutic foods are those scientifically developed and tested to produce the diet. This is done through the analysis of cell structures and ingredients. In contrast, OTC diets are not studied and not FDA monitored – these claims are typically more for marketing.
Therapeutic diets are therefore more expensive because they contain better quality ingredients, have been studied for whichever disease/ issue your pet has. Quality control is also much better than in your average commercial diet found in the pet food aisle.
Common Diseases That Can Be Helped Through Nutrition
Balanced nutrition is vital to all pets, but there are some conditions and diseases that can be helped through veterinary diets. Some of these include:
- Allergies, Kidney disease, Orthopedic conditions, Endocrine diseases, such as diabetes, skin and coat health, Gastrointestinal issues, Cystitis/urinary tract disease, Weight control, Liver disease, and dental care
Therapeutic Diets For Pets And You
Special diets may benefit many more pets than not because most pets do deal with conditions that come with aging. If you are wondering if a therapeutic diet is right for your pet, you may consider the following:
- Has your pet struggled with weight?
- Are they dealing with bladder stones or urinary tract issues?
- Have they been diagnosed with kidney, liver, or any other systemic diseases?
- Is your pet considered senior?
- Have they had digestive issues?
- Are they dealing with allergies?
Any one of these problems may signal a need for a specialized diet & your veterinarian should be the first point of contact for in-depth recommendations. We hope this summary of therapeutic diets for pets has been informative in helping you decide the best course of nutritional support for your furry pal. We are always here to answer any questions! As with any prescription, every diet requires a yearly examination. Call Willoughby Veterinary Hospital today to schedule a check-up for your pet 517-694-2171