When Should Your Feed Prescription Dog Food?
Your dog’s nutrition is a very important part of their health. Not only does it maintain good nutrition, but it keeps their coat heathy, their teeth strong, can help fight off disease and illness, and can help manage symptoms of disease. Sometimes it can be good to switch your dog over to a prescription but how do you know if it is necessary? Prescription food can be expensive, so you want to make sure you are doing it when absolutely necessary.
Dog Food for Kidney Disease
If you dog has kidney failure he needs to eat dog food with low protein and a very high quality. You want to reduce phosphorous and sodium levels as well. There are over the counter dog food for kidney’s such as Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Formula Dry Dog Food. Consult with your Albuquerque vet on if an over the counter specialty food option would work or if a prescription food would be better. The vets recommendation may vary depending on your dogs individual health.
Dog Food for Allergies
There are a lot of “allergy dog foods” available both through prescription or over the counter. The best thing to do is see if you can identify what your dog is allergic too. Then just read the ingredients of the dog food you purchase. If they are having reactions to preservatives, try making their dog food yourself. It is easy to do and can help you save money. Check out our list of dog food recipes on the site.
Dog Food for Gastrointestinal Issues
Gastro issues can be anything from constipation due to a low fiber diet, colitis, or various diseases. You need to find out the nutritional needs of your dog to be able to decide what food will be best. Though adding fish oil or omega 3 oil to any dog food has been shown to help most gastro issues.
Dog Foods for Joint Diseases
Does your dog have arthritis? You don’t likely need a prescription dog food you just need to make sure you have dog food that is rich in enriched with omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and antioxidants. Make sure it is not high in calories so you don’t promote weight gain. Some of these things can be added to your dogs food, such a omega 3 fatty acids and glucosamine. These can be purchased as the local grocery store and mixed in their food. When using an additive, always consult with your Albuquerque vet about what to add and what quantity to use.
Dog Food for Weight Loss
You don’t typically need a prescription food for achieving weight loss. You want to pick a dog food that is lower calorie, typically stay away from wet food which tends to have higher calories, and really focus on portion control.
Dog Food for the Brain
Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants are the best things for the brain. They can help protect against damage by free radicals and improve brain function. You can typically get over the counter additives to mix in with your dogs food. Just make sure to speak with your New Mexico vet about how much to give them.
Depending on your dog’s health issues you vet may recommend a prescription. Never be afraid to ask about an over the counter alternative, or a make your own alternative.