An article in this month’s Veterinary Practice News explains the benefits of therapeutic pet foods in the prevention and treatment of certain pet health problems.
The article explains that manufacturers of therapeutic lines conduct extensive research on nutrition and the effect their products have on pet health, and then provide that information to veterinarians and pet owners. Some of the common health problems therapeutic diets are known to treat include urinary problems, heart conditions, kidney failure and obesity. And as pet owners focus on providing the best and healthiest life possible for their pets, they are demanding these products more and more.
Focus has also been put on developing diets for the prevention of disease as well as the treatment of disease. More veterinarians and including nutritional information and advice in regular health check-ups in addition to visits where the pet has developed a health condition.
“There are a lot of important factors in keeping a pet healthy, and many are interdependent,” says Richard Hill, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
“Nutrition is very important in this respect, as it affects other aspects of overall health. For example, vaccinations are important to help prevent certain infectious diseases in pets. In order for vaccinations to be most effective, the pet needs to have a healthy immune system. Certain nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein and taurine act as antioxidants and help reduce damage to the cells of the immune system, improving function. Thus, nutrition plays a role in disease prevention.”
Trupanion covers half the cost of therapeutic pet foods at 90% for two months, followed by a discount in premium, as well as 90% of the cost of nutritional supplements recommended by a veterinarian.
Read the full article on VPN here.