We have over time become use to advances in medicine for ourselves and in changes in Veterinary medicine for our animals, new drugs for treatment and the management of diseases, new types of surgical procedures. An area which has become significant in it's area of research in Veterinary medicine is: Prescription nutrition, In fact prescription nutrition for dogs is known to have been researched as far back as 1948 in the United States by a Vet called Dr Mark Morris. He created the first Prescription Diet product, a discovery that has lead to many different companies offering Prescription Diets for your pet, including Royal Canin, the brand that we recommend at our practice. Since then Prescription Nutrition has grown to be an important component of Veterinary medicine with innovative products that give sick and disease prone dogs and cats nutritional support during and after therapy.
Prescription Diets are only available through the Veterinary Surgeon and it is important that they are involved in the selection and monitoring of the diet, disease and your dog, so that the best prognosis can be achieved.
Different health problems require different forms of nutritional support. Researchers recognised the link between successful therapy and supportive nutrition years before researchers in human medicine reached the same conclusions and through Royal Canin we can ensure your pet receives the best nutritional support throughout each stage of their life.
A variety of formulas are available to support your dog including:
- Adverse reactions to foods
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gastro intestinal disease
- Pancreatic disorders
- Cancer care
- Liver disorders
- Kidney disease
- Weight control
- Dental health
- Urolithiasis (bladder stones)
- Urinary Tract disease
- Pre and post surgical conditions.
If your dog is diagnosed as having a disease or nutrition related disorder, it is comforting to know that, in many cases, a change in diet really can help to manage and control the problem.
Help with switching your dogs food
If the Vet has recommended a change in your dog's food and he has been a creature of habit, you may need some help in switching to a new way of eating.
- Gradually introduce the new food over a 5-10 day period, unless instructed otherwise by the Veterinary Surgeon.
- Mix the new diet with your dog's former food, gradually increasing the proportion until only the new food is being fed.
- Do not supplement your dog's new food unless instructed otherwise by the Veterinary Surgeon. Do not feed treats, snacks, table scraps, leftovers, or any food other than that which we recommends.
- Keep a clean bowl of fresh water available at all times.
If your dog has trouble giving up his familiar food:
- Warm canned food to body temperature (but not any hotter), before feeding.
- Hand feed the new diet for the first few days.
- Mix, the dry diet with a small amount of water and wait 10 minutes before serving.
If you are still experiencing difficulties, please discuss these with us.