Do Prescription Pet Food Diets Work?
|One of the more common questions I get from the 1800PetMeds customers is whether the prescription diet recommended by their veterinarian is absolutely necessary to feed, and/or whether there are any other dietary options available for their pets. It is first important to recognize that if there were any one diet that was a solution for all of our pets’ health issues, that all veterinarians would sell one particular diet.|
In fact, many years ago there was only one prescription diet sold by most veterinarians. Now there are several competing companies touting various diets to treat and prevent urinary problems, digestive problems, skin allergies, as well as joint problems to name just a few. It is also important to recognize that most conventional veterinarians receive very little nutritional training in veterinary school, and many times are simply recommending what pet food sales representatives are telling them, rather than what they learned in veterinary school or from veterinary nutritionists.
I often tell my clients that if a particular antibiotic or particular commercial diet solved urinary crystal problems in cats or dogs, I would be the first in line to recommend only that diet. However, because of my concern about feeding lower quality diets over the life of an animal and the potential negative health consequences, I often stress quality of ingredients rather than specific ingredients found in many of these commercial diets.
Natural pet food companies such as Wysong offer natural alternatives such as Uretic diet for those pets prone to struvite crystals. There are also excellent resources for proper homemade diet recipes including books by Donald Strombeck, PhD, and Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD. No matter which diet one feeds their particular pet with a chronic health problem, it is important to be under the care of a knowledgeable veterinarian.
Has your vet recommended one diet or pet food to help with your pet’s health concerns?