Generally, our pets are living longer lives just as we are. This longer life expectancy is likely due to our love for our furry friends and our willingness to go to almost any lengths to help keep our pets happy and healthy. As our four-legged family members age and change, their dietary needs change, too. Today, more veterinarians are prescribing therapeutic diets for animals to help control, alleviate and overcome diseases and other conditions pets may have.
How Does Special Pet Foods Work?
Typically, all pet foods manufactured for the over-the-counter market are required to meet minimum and maximum nutritional levels set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). However, to treat certain diseases, specific ingredients may be used and/or the nutrients must to be modified based on the medical condition. Modification may mean that a specific nutrient is added or eliminated from the food to help manage your pet’s condition. For example, if your cat has kidney disease, therapeutic cat food would contain little to no phosphate, because food with a high phosphate level can accelerate kidney failure. Therefore, you would want to feed your cat a special diet that contains less phosphate to protect your cat’s kidneys from further damage and to slow the progress of the disease.
It’s important to note that therapeutic pet food doesn’t contain actual medications. The pet food has just been formulated to target specific processes related to a specific illness/condition. For example, a therapeutic diet can cause changes in your pet’s digestion, immune responses, blood pressure, kidney function, liver metabolism or blood glucose levels, depending upon the illness being treated.
What Illnesses/Conditions Do Therapeutic Diets Treat?
Therapeutic diets can benefit animals with medical diseases/conditions such as:
- Food allergies
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Urinary tract dysfunction
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Liver disease or hepatitis
- Old age
- Certain forms of cancer
Special dietary foods may be prescribed to help treat a life-long illness/condition, or they may be intended for short-term treatment. Overall, therapeutic diets can prevent or delay the onset of certain medical conditions and help manage existing diseases.
Is a Therapeutic Diet Right for Your Pet?
If you believe your dog or cat is exhibiting signs or symptoms of a medical condition, schedule an appointment for your pet with your vet. Your vet will examine your furry family member, make an appropriate diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan.
If your vet recommends that Max or Fluffy needs to be placed on a therapeutic diet, check out the selection of prescription pet foods from Grateful Pet, a pet food delivery service. Grateful Pet offers a wide variety of foods for the special dietary needs of your dog or cat. With free delivery to the Indianapolis metro area, you don’t have to worry about running out of your furry companion’s special food. Visit our website or contact us today to learn more about Grateful Pet’s products and services.
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