Therapeutic diets in animals: what do they consist of?

Just as humans need to follow a healthy and balanced diet to maintain adequate health, animals must also use this tool to prevent diseases. And not only that, also for treat and alleviate the symptoms of some pathologies as, for example, joint mobility disorders, very common in dogs and cats; gastrointestinal, kidney and urinary problems, or dermatopathies, that affect the skin of these creatures.

This is when therapeutic diets come into play, that is, recipes or specially prepared foods to solve specific conditions, such as the ones we have just seen. As explained by the Illustrious Official College of Veterinarians of Valencia (ICOVV), «have a fairly simple foundation: they contribute what benefits and avoid what hurts, since certain ingredients and nutrients can be beneficial in certain diseases «.

Therapeutic diets for animals

Therapeutic foods instead of drugs

«Currently, it can be confirmed that these products have increased the average life of our pets and their quality. However, the confidence of the owner of the animal is necessary for the correct use of the prescribed diet. Many believe that their animal will not be able to be cured if it does not receive a powerful pharmacological treatment, when the reality is that these diets get an improvement and even a total cure without the aggressiveness of certain chemical products «, adds this organism. Therefore, these diets would suppose an alternative to conventional drugs.

And it is that, as is well known, some pathologies do not require the constant administration of medications to be cured, although must be a qualified professional who determines whether or not your pet should follow this alternative, whose effectiveness depends especially on what the diagnosis is correct.

On the other hand, if you want your pet to regain its health, it is also necessary that all indications are strictly followed of the veterinarian and the therapeutic diet in question. Also, it may need to be supplemented with some medication, although this does not play a leading role in the treatment.

«Ultimately, efficacy depends on the type of disease and the correct choice by the professional, and may be total or complementary to the rest of the treatment. Although it must also be said that not all existing pathologies have a diet reference «, concludes the ICOVV.