Sometimes your vet will recommend a prescription diet. This is to offer your pet specially formulated food to contain a beneficial balance of ingredients though things like higher or lower nutrients to help treat or manage your pet’s condition or life stage.
Somewhat confusingly prescription diet doesn’t actually require a ‘prescription’ but is more used in the meaning of ‘an instruction’ and food can be bought over the counter in the same way as normal pet foods.
Common Reasons for Prescription Diet Food
While there are many reasons a vet may recommend a prescription diet the common ones include;
- Weight Loss
- Manage kidney disease
- Food allergies
- Skin conditions
- Bladder stones
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
If your vet recommends a prescriptions diet this can help speed up a pets’ recovery time, its day-to-day life, or assist in discovering what could be triggering other conditions such as allergies.
As always if you are unsure why you pet was recommended a prescription diet please reach out to your vet.