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Dogs are wonderful creatures. They’re strong, loving, loyal, energetic, and intelligent. When they give us so much by simply being in our lives, it’s our responsibility to take care of them by giving them the care and grooming they deserve. There are dogs that are more efficient with a therapeutic diet. Not only that, but also because of the fact they he may be allergic to something in his current diet and that might be making him uncomfortable, or seem skittish.
There are many reasons why your dog might need a therapeutic diet. While an over the counter diet that contains adequate amounts of proteins, fats, carbs, minerals, and vitamins may seem like enough, your vet may suggest and alternative therapeutic diet due to various reasons. Here are a few reasons behind why your dog might need a therapeutic diet.
- Your dog is obese.
If your canine is struggling with weight loss, putting him on a therapeutic diet is one of the best things you can do for him. Most dogs who carry around excess weight don’t always need to change their diet in order to lose weight. All they’ll need to do is increase their physical activity and decrease their food intake. You could even switch them to a lower calorie diet. However, not all dogs lose weight this way. If your dog is struggling to lose weight, a special therapeutic diet may be what’s best for him. These therapeutic diets are often high-fiber (to keep your pet fuller for longer), low calorie, and are made to maintain his health, despite being fed in lesser quantities.
- Your dog might be in danger of developing bladder stones.
Some dogs are more prone than others. This happens when your dog’s urine crystallizes in the form of stones in his urinary tract. It can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. To avoid this, you vet might suggest that you put your dog on a therapeutic diet that can combat the signs of bladder stones.
- Your dog has a food allergy.
When your dog might be showing signs of allergy, a therapeutic diet may be something you should consider until you figure out what that something causing your dog’s allergies is. Most therapeutic diets are hypo-allergenic and cause fewer allergic reactions.
- Your dog might have heart disease.
There are some diets that are specially designed to promote heart health because of their low sodium content and high concentrations of taurine and carnitine. This is one diet you can turn to if your dog has heart disease.
- Your dog might have gastrointestinal issues.
The best way to combat gastrointestinal issues is to put your dog on a temporary diet until you figure out what caused the issues in the first place and try to combat them.