Veterinary nutrition is prescribed by nutrition consultants and veterinarians if your animal has a certain disease or symptoms, which nutrition can support. This advice covers the following topics: for which diseases do veterinary food exist, when do I give Veterinary food for dogs and cats to my animal and where do I get veterinary food?
What is veterinary nutrition?
A good diet is essential for the well-being and health of your pet. Feeding an animal brings the owner into contact with the animal, but it also gives an owner a signal about the animal’s health.
Not or bad food is often a reason to visit the vet. Nutrition is even more important for animals with health problems. The right diet can in some cases prolong life.
Veterinary food is food that is given to treat a certain disease or to reduce the symptoms of this disease. Veterinary nutrition is often prescribed by the veterinarian or a special nutrition specialist. When your animal has a number of symptoms that resemble a diet-related illness, this special veterinary diet is prescribed.
Number of animals with veterinary nutrition
73% of dog and cat owners are advised by the vet to provide veterinary nutrition to their pets. As many as 50% of dogs and cats are (seriously) overweight. 40% of cats between 6 and 10 years old suffer from osteoarthritis, in cats older than 10 years this is even 70%.
In dogs, 20% suffer from osteoarthritis. 30% of cats over 12 years of age suffer from chronic renal failure. These conditions are therefore often treated with special diet food.
Nutrition related diseases:
There are various food-related diseases. There is a special diet for these diseases that helps to reduce or even remedy these symptoms. These diseases are:
- Stomach, intestinal, pancreas and liver problems
- Kidney and urinary tract problems
- Heart and lung problems
- Problems of the skin
- Dental problems
- Orthopedic problems (musculoskeletal system)
- Problems with the brain and nerves (such as epilepsy)
- Hormonal diseases (such as diabetes, obesity, Cushing’s disease)
- Immune system disorders (immune system, for example, allergies)
Where do you buy veterinary food?
Previously, you always had to go to the vet to get veterinary food. Nowadays dog breeds small (online but also in the store) sells veterinary food. This way you no longer have to drive to the vet to get the food.
When the dog shows symptoms for the first time, the advice or help of a vet is needed. After diagnosis and advice from the vet, we can then provide the feed. It is, of course, important that good food is bought for the right treatment so that your four-legged friend can be completely happy again.
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet consists of high-quality diet foods. Royal Canin develops diet food for dogs and cats under the name Veterinary Diet. The composition of this food is based on scientific research. Different compositions have been created per disease to help treat the disease and/or symptoms of your animal.
Only feed this food in consultation with your vet. Keep in regular contact with your doctor while feeding Veterinary Diet. If the health of your animal deteriorates, make sure that you get new advice from the vet as soon as possible. Your vet can advise you best about the treatment, the diet to follow and the required amounts.