There are many choices when it comes to what you feed your pet, especially if they have a specific health condition. The most common conditions are dental disease, allergies, hairballs, joint health, and urinary tract issues, so let’s have a look at what the ingredients list of a good formulated food for these five conditions looks like!
Dental disease is a serious problem in our pets, with over 75% suffering from some sort of dental disease by the age of 3! A dental diet is designed to act as a cleaner as your pet chews and sometimes even includes ingredients that can prevent the build up of tartar in the mouth. While this food is beneficial, we also recommend a daily teeth clean with pet-friendly toothpaste and brush, along with dental treats, to really avoid decay, tooth loss, gum disease and other more serious conditions.
FOOD ALLERGY DIETS
Pets can be allergic to all sorts of ingredients, even the most benign. Allergies are most obvious when there is vomiting, diarrhoea and itchy skin present, which often takes a change of diet to rectify. These special diets are made from a protein source and carbohydrate your pet will not have had the chance to develop an allergy to yet, like duck, venison, and rice. They will also contain ingredients designed to strengthen the immune system and internal organs to deter allergies in the future.
HAIRBALL CONTROL DIETS
Hairballs are not something that your pet’s body can digest, so all that fur your cat is licking away is only going to build up and build up until it is coughed up again. This is a natural instinct for your cat and hairball control diets may not stop this from happening completely. Instead, these diets work with high fibre ingredients to lubricate hairs and help them pass easily through the digestive tract, thus readily reducing the amount of fur your cat coughs onto your favourite carpet.
HAIRBALL PREVENTION DIETS FOR CATS
OSTEO/JOINT CARE DIETS
If you’ve noticed your furry friend isn’t as agile or active as they once were it is important to talk to your vet about a diet made specifically for joint health which can help with cartilage repair and inflammation. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are two major ingredients in these diets, and MSM and green-lipped mussel are also highly beneficial to helping our furry friend's gain back their mobility.
URINARY HEALTH DIETS
Diets that contain high levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and/or oxalate are not beneficial for pets that are susceptible to urinary tract crystals and stones. In such cases, it is important that these nutrients and minerals are carefully balanced to prevent excess, which is exactly what a diet for urinary health offers.
It is important to speak to your vet before making sudden changes to your pet’s diet, especially if you have concerns that their current food is not meeting their dietary requirements.