As a caring and conscientious dog owner, one of your key responsibilities is to ensure that your furbaby gets the nutrition that he needs to remain healthy. While there are countless different brands of dog food on the market, each claiming to have certain features that make it better than the offerings of their competitors, the fact is that for some dogs, standard food products simply aren’t suitable. Instead, they may need prescription dog food to help them achieve optimal health.
What is prescription dog food?
Also sometimes referred to as ‘veterinarian dog foods’, prescription dog foods are products that have been especially formulated to meet certain nutritional requirements. They are made by a variety of different manufacturers and can address a number of different illnesses. However, as their name suggests, they cannot be bought in a regular store without a prescription supplied by our veterinarian.
Why does my dog need prescription dog food?
As humans, we may find that we need to alter what we eat if we have a medical condition that necessitates us getting certain nutrition or avoiding specific foods. For example, a diabetic must carefully regulate how much sugar they get in their diet. The ingredients included in prescription dog food can be changed so that it provides the best possible nutrition to support a range of different canine health problems, including:
- Dental problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Heart disease
- Kidney disorder
- Renal problems
- Skin problems
- Urinary tract infections
- Weight loss/management
Prescription dog food is just for the canine it is prescribed for
It can be tempting to feed all of your dog’s exactly the same meal. However, if our veterinarian has recommended that one of your canine pals follows a prescription-only diet, then this is because it’s nutritional formula differs from that found in regular pet food and will benefit the health of your furbaby.
If you allow a healthy dog to eat prescription food, you could be putting him at risk of becoming unwell and potentially malnourished. This will be because he isn’t getting the nutrition that he needs to remain healthy.
Ensure that you keep foods entirely separate and keep your healthy pet away while the other enjoys their prescription meal. That way you can be certain that the dog who needs the specific diet is getting the appropriate amount without interference from other animals.
How much prescription food should I give my dog, and can he also enjoy some non-prescription snacks?
Every dog is completely unique and if our vet has recommended prescription dog food, he will almost certainly also give you a comprehensive nutrition plan for your furbaby. This should be followed precisely if your dog is to achieve the maximum health benefit from the food. This often means sticking entirely to the prescribed foods and forgoing all other sources of nutrition. However, if you have any questions about your pet’s nutrition, contact us and speak to our vet for further advice.