Diet food must be tailored very precisely to the patient, which is why it can only be sold through veterinarians. This also makes sense, because therapy with medication is often necessary at the same time.
Animals with heart disease, for example, should be given a low-sodium diet to support the antihypertensive effect of the drugs. Obese animals also have to lose weight to relieve the circulatory system. This also applies to diabetes: if long-term insulin therapy is necessary, a low-sugar diet makes it easier to control blood sugar levels.
In other cases the diet is the main component of the treatment: The easiest way to remedy a food allergy is to give an allergen-free diet. Since it is seldom known what exactly is causing the symptoms in their food, the only thing that helps is switching to things that they have never had before. In the past, you often had to rely on buying larger quantities of a new type of meat for your animal and cooking it yourself. There is now a very large range of commercially produced diets for allergy sufferers, and many veterinarians have several varieties.
Some diets are specifically designed for puppyhood. For example, a special food prevents growth disorders that often occur in large dog breeds if they are fed too energetically as puppies.
But the best diet doesn’t help if the animal doesn’t eat it. But there are a few tricks to make it palatable to patients:
– Do not change the feed abruptly, but rather slowly mix a little more of the new feed into the old one every day.
– Warm up the lining slightly. Hand warm is enough, it must not be hot.
– Feed small portions several times a day. If a meal is not eaten, take it away after a quarter of an hour and give a fresh portion the next time you feed.
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