There are a huge range of “clinical” or “prescription” diets on the market. And many of these are aimed at dogs (and cats, for that matter) with kidney problems. But how can they help? Why are they used? And do they actually work, or is it all marketing hype?
Cats will experience anal gland problems – although a lot less frequently than dogs. Dog owners will be familiar with trips to the vet to get their dogs glands expressed, sometimes quite regularly! Whereas cats experience problems with their glands infrequently.
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.
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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Planning a holiday, or a much-anticipated journey, should be an exciting time. Many pet owners understandably wish to take their pets with them as they travel. Until recently, dogs, cats and ferrets could travel freely between Britain and the EU with a valid pet passport. But this all changed when Britain exited the EU. Now, the paperwork involved in pet travel causes stress and anxiety for both pet owners and vets alike.