Is protein heating in horse feed?

Anyone with any involvement with equines will have some understanding of the vast amount of diets available now on the market. Like human athletes, horses in work have more specific dietary and energy needs to ensure their optimal health and balance. If their food and energy levels are not correct it can result in poor performance, which of course is undesirable! This article will explore what is meant by ‘heating’ and ‘non-heating’ feeds and when they are used.

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Why should I feed a dog with cystitis a special diet?

Cystitis is a common canine condition, particularly in female dogs. Cystitis means inflammation of the bladder. This can be caused by lots of different factors including bacterial infections, urinary stones and underlying health conditions. Some dogs will suffer a single bout of cystitis that clears readily on the right medication. But other dogs will be prone to recurrent bouts which may need further investigation or longer term treatment. One such treatment is a special “urinary” diet.

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Why should I feed a dog with liver problems a special diet?

The liver is an extremely important organ in all mammals and it has many vital functions (over 500!) including digestion and removal of toxins from the bloodstream. ‘Liver disease’ refers to several conditions that can affect and damage the liver and there can be multiple causes. If your dog has liver disease, your vet may advise you to transition your dog onto an exclusive liver (hepatic) specific diet. But, why is this? This article will discuss and explore the benefits of feeding a special diet to dogs with liver disease.

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Why shouldn’t we feed muesli to rabbits?

Rabbits are an increasingly popular pet. They certainly look cute and are often perceived to be an inexpensive, family friendly companion. Unfortunately without the right care these lovable creatures are prone to a number of serious health issues that can prove both costly and distressing. The old adage “prevention is better than cure” is definitely apt in this case. Feeding your bunny the right diet can make a massive difference to their health and welfare.

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Why should I feed a cat with kidney problems a special diet?

Kidney diets (also called “renal diets”) are probably one of the first things that your vet will suggest to support your cat if they are diagnosed with kidney disease. These diets are made by specialist manufacturers and can be more difficult and expensive to find than regular diets. Plus, changing a cat’s food over can be a tricky business. Many are fussy about new foods, and can sometimes get an upset stomach if the food is changed too quickly.

So why is your self so eager to recommend one of these foods? Let’s have a look at the evidence!

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Why should I feed an old cat a special diet?

As our cats enter their golden years their needs may change. They may appear to rest more, play less, adventure outside less and maybe even stop some of their favorite behaviors like hunting. And so too do their nutritional needs change.

Let’s explore why a change in your cat’s diet as they age, alongside advice from your veterinary team caring for your cat’s health as they age, might be a good idea.

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Why should I feed an old dog a special diet?

As our dogs become ‘golden oldies’ their needs may change. They may need us to slow down slightly on walks; they will need lifting in and out the car; or they may need a little more time to rest – and their nutritional needs will change. Let’s explore why a change in your dog’s diet as they age, alongside advice from your veterinary team caring for your dog’s health as they age, might be a good idea.

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