What are therapeutic diets?
Nutrition is an important part of your dog or cat’s wellbeing. Having a balanced diet helps support vital functions in the body, support growth, and encourage longevity. Proper nutrition also plays a significant role in helping the body manage illness. Certain types of dog and cat foods, known as therapeutic veterinary diets, may be used to help control or manage problems associated with a health condition. These specialty foods contain certain types of ingredients and controlled levels of each nutrient. Therapeutic diets may be used in short or long-term dietary plans and may accompany medications or other treatments.
Why are diets prescription?
Veterinarians may choose a therapeutic diet for your dog or cat to help nutritionally manage a condition or disease. Allergies, kidney or renal, urinary, gastrointestinal disorders, weight control, and diabetes are some common medical issues that diets address. Therapeutic diets require a prescription because your vet must monitor your pet’s condition and dietary needs. These diets have increased or decreased levels of vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients that benefit animals with specific health conditions, but could be unsafe for healthy dogs and cats. Feeding a therapeutic diet for a dog or cat who does not need it may lead to problems like nutrient deficiencies. It is important to discuss your pet’s health with your vet to see if a therapeutic diet is appropriate.
One of the most recent therapeutic food lines for dogs and cats is the Blue Natural Veterinary Diets by Blue Buffalo.
Blue Natural Veterinary Diets are designed for dogs and cats with specific therapeutic dietary needs. Each diet contains balanced nutrition with natural, wholesome ingredients. They are fortified with additional nutrients including Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The dry food formulas are “cold-formed” to help maintain the potency of their ingredients. Blue Natural Veterinary Diets do not contain:
- Corn, wheat, or soy
- Chicken or poultry by-product meals
- Artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
Recently, Blue Buffalo released these two new and noteworthy formulas to their therapeutic line.
NP Novel Protein for Dogs and Cats
Blue Natural Veterinary NP is formulated for dogs and cats with food reactions, inflammatory conditions, and special dietary needs. It’s made with alligator, a novel protein and an uncommon allergy source. This diet does not contain major allergens such as beef, chicken, grains, or dairy. Blue Natural NP has easily digestible ingredients and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fermentable fibers.
W+M Weight Management + Mobility Support for Dogs
Blue Natural Veterinary WM encourages weight loss and helps prevent weight gain with reduced levels of fat and calories. It keeps dogs feeling full and satisfied with natural dietary fibers. It contains L-carnitine and betaine to help dogs maintain lean body mass and support fat metabolism. Blue Natural WM also contains glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega 3 fatty acids to help support joint health and mobility. It also helps support urinary health and the reduction of struvite stones.
The entire line of BLUE Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet formulas for dogs and cats are now available through VetRxDirect.
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