Prescription diets are often prescribed by veterinarians for dogs with special nutritional needs as a result of an illness or condition. Sometimes, it may be a short-term solution to support the dog while it is recovering, while it can also be prescribed as a dog’s diet for the rest of his life. Prescription diets should never be given to healthy dogs because it can be harmful to them.
Some conditions wherein prescription diets may be prescribed include the following:
- Heart disease
- Food allergies
- Kidney problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Certain types of cancer
Studies have shown that regulating or altering certain nutrients in a dog’s diet can help speed up the recovery period and possibly slow down the progress of the illness. Dogs diagnosed with heart disease are often prescribed a diet that is low in protein and sodium. Dogs with known allergies to certain food components may be prescribed with diets that contain different sources of protein which they have not been exposed to in the past. Diabetic dogs benefit from a high-fiber diet.
Fortunately, there are many prescription diets that are now available and are manufactured by reputable pet food manufacturers. But make sure it has been prescribed by your Pets Health before buying one and giving it to your dog.