Diets to prolong lives and reduce costly surgery for pets in need
There are many ideas out regarding pet nutrition. Pet owners have many questions regarding diet. The long and short of it is find what works for you pet and stick to it. Pick a quality brand, not the lowest priced. DO NOT keep switching brands or flavors.
Be advised that food allergies are relatively common. Our dog Biwabik happens to be allergic to meat. Often we recommend diet testing if you're experiencing issues.
About Prescription Diets
Prescription Diets are another matter entirely. These are pet food products scientifically formulated with dietary ingredients which are designed for specific health conditions. It is similar to your doctor asking you to change your diet.
Two of the most common medical conditions leading Dr. Gerds to recommend a prescription diet are Kidney (Renal) or Urinary Tract issues. Allergies are rapidly gaining third place. Additional issues can include liver disease, calorie control and dental cleaning.
There are several companies marketing prescription diets for pets. Each veterinarian chooses one or two lines to carry for their customers. The selection process varies and different motivations play a role in that decision.
Dr. Gerds stocks Royal Canin prescription diets. In her opinion, after 20 years experience, it tends to have the greatest consistent benefit, meaning it does what it says and it has the highest palatability meaning few cats or dogs reject eating it.
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Diabetes mellitus is a condition that develops when your pet cannot use sugar (glucose) effectively and control the sugar level in the blood.
Digestive disorders are quite common and most clear up within a few days.
Food Allergy Support
Food allergy is a general term for any adverse reaction to food.
The heart is the most important organ in your pet’s body. Most heart conditions involve a decrease in the effective pumping of blood. This can lead to a buildup of fluid in the chest and abdomen.
Kidneys are very important because they remove waste substances from the blood, and maintain the normal balance of fluid and minerals within the body.
The liver is an important organ with many functions, including the digestion and conversion of nutrients, the removal of toxic substances from the blood, and the storage of vitamins and minerals.
Disrupt the cycle of destruction of cartilage. Address the problem with a treatment plan rich in omega-3.
It can be difficult to keep your pet's teeth clean, so oral health problems are very common.
You should always give medication at the correct times, and take care of wounds and dressings as instructed. It’s also important to provide lots of love, reassurance and encouragement to eat, and only feed the food recommended by your veterinarian.
Some skin conditions can be cleared up quickly, while others need lifelong management. The good news is, most pets with skin conditions can be helped if you feed the right food, even if the cause of the condition is not dietary.
Hyperthyroidism is a common feline endocrine disorder, most often diagnosed in older cats over age 10. Left untreated, hyperthyroidism can have serious, sometimes fatal, consequences on vital organs like the heart and kidneys. The good news is, this disease is highly manageable and can be controlled with proper veterinary care.
Urinary Health for Cats
Urinary problems in cats may have many causes. One cause is inflammation of the lower urinary tract. If crystals and/or stones form in the urinary tract, they can obstruct the passing of urine, especially in male cats.
Urinary Health for Dogs
Urinary bladder stones (also known as uroliths) are collections of mineral crystals that combine together to form a stone in the urinary bladder. Less often, stones may form in the kidneys.
Weight problems are common in cats and dogs, and can be successfully managed through changes in food or a nutrition program.