In recent years, specialized diets have been hyped as a solution for everything from skin problems, to cancer, to depression, and beyond. Whether by eliminating wheat or eating just as the earliest humans did, it seems that almost every health problem has a corresponding nutritional treatment. Likewise, some four-legged friends in the Triangle can benefit from opting for a therapeutic diet over all-purpose kibble.
The pet nutrition experts at Paws in the City know that the effects of certain canine diseases can be lessened by following a therapeutic diet in five ways:
- Heart Disease: Common in older dogs, heart disease may be signaled by a loss of energy or even a persistent cough attributed to fluid accumulation in the lungs. A low-salt, reduced-fat diet also high in water-soluble B vitamins can help.
- Diabetes: Abnormal weight loss coupled with too-frequent drinking, urination, and vomiting can mean uncontrolled blood sugar levels in the form of diabetes mellitus. Research has shown that a diet high in fiber, high in carbohydrates, and low in fat can help (although the proper ratio is specific—ask a veterinarian).
- Allergies: Animals often suffer from both food allergies as well as inhaled-substance allergies (think pollen), but food allergies are present year-round. Allergy-specific diets nix the most common allergens (beef, dairy, wheat, and soy), but oftentimes necessitates some trial and error. Approximately three weeks are required to assess the efficacy of a new diet.
- Urinary Tract Infections: Recurrent UTI’s can be caused by a number of underlying issues, including bladder stones, which must be surgically removed. However, the recurrence of certain types of stones (confirmed by a laboratory analysis) can be prevented with a diet restricted in protein, magnesium, and phosphate.
- Kidney Disease: Loss of kidney function is a gradual and common occurrence in older dogs. A specialized diet can reduce the work load of already stressed kidney, slowing the disease’s progression. A low-sodium diet that contains just enough high-quality protein is typical.
No one wants to see a beloved pet suffer from illness. Additionally, witnessing a pet undergo stressful medical treatments (while sometimes necessary) is often just as difficult. Luckily, a therapeutic diet can help lessen the symptoms and slow the progression of many common canine diseases. With consistent application, the result can be a more comfortable, happier, and energetic pet.
Have a dog battling health issues, major or minor? Stop in to Paws in the City today to find out how our selection of natural, organic, and holistic pet products can help from a therapeutic perspective and supplement your pet’s health care!
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