Saturday, November 18, 2017

Natural Alternatives To Prescription Diets For Cats and Dogs

At some point in your pet’s life, your pet will develop a health condition and your vet will recommend a prescription diet. Prescription diets are scientifically formulated to provide the right balance of protein, fats, carbohydrates and nutrients to address that particular health condition. For example, if your pet has pancreatitis, the prescription diet will contain reduced fat to take the burden off the pancreas and ease digestion. While the overall strategy of the diets are effective in obtaining the desired goal (e.g. reduced pancreatic inflammation) the problem is......the ingredients.

What frequently happens is that while the goal of the treatment is successful, the pet then develops OTHER health issues related to the food.  For example, it's common for pets eating prescription diets to develop allergy symptoms and skin infections when they didn’t have them previously. Why? Because unfortunately the prescription diets are loaded with carbohydrates, grains and synthetic chemicals. Ingredients such as brewer’s rice, modified rice starch, egg product—what are these??? There isn’t one prescription diet that outshines another as they all contain similar fillers. What’s a pet owner to do? If your pet needs a special diet, you do have options for a natural food.

For over ten years, we at Ask Ariel offered holistic pet consultations at VCA hospitals and via telephone. With our extensive knowledge about pet nutrition we have formulated many diet plans using commercial brands that mirror the requirements of the prescription diets without using grains, chemicals or allergens. We welcome you to please visit our site and if you include your pet’s diet on the order form at checkout with all of your pet’s current health issues, we can include a diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with your product order.