Doggy Diet: Low Protein Dog Food

Every pet owner wants to give the best for his or her pet. If there are certain trends he needs to be wary about - like innovations in pet care or new trends about feeds - he will want to know about it right away. Especially when there are medical concerns or complaints (apparent change in appetite, loss of energy, periods of nausea and fever), pet owners will be vigilant for any means to resolve them right away.

Such is the reason why low protein dog food became well renowned. This is available in two varieties, as with common dog food: the dry and the wet variety. Vets recommend this option for dogs that show a sudden onset of symptoms. Health issues that will warrant such prescription are as follows: acute and chronic kidney failure, congenital kidney ailments, or failure due to parasite-borne diseases, glomerulonephritis, congenital heart failure, and findings of urinary stones.  And prescription of low-protein diet is not necessarily associated with the aging of the dog.

As it is, low protein dog food can only be purchased upon prescription, since the recommended dietary allowance of healthy dogs require higher amounts of protein. These dogs are able to discard build-ups of uremic toxins, an ability that dogs with kidney concerns cannot do. Lower protein levels subsequently mean lower toxin levels, and it does not require the dog's body to work really hard in breaking down the complex proteins.

However, it doesn't mean that protein has to be eliminated entirely; the food substitute must contain quality - but well-regulated nutrients - that could help keep up the activities of the dog. Certain minerals should also be calibrated - phosphorus, for instance - because as with protein, they can also cause a build-up problem, which could lead to the potassium and calcium levels in the pet's systems.  Conversely, the food must have high amounts of vitamin D3.

Owners should also watch out for the degree of preservatives. Some tendencies go where - because the resultant product may not be as palatable to the dogs - they compensate by adding various preservatives, bringing about a preservative overdrive. This may pose for feeding problems, especially if the dog in question is finicky. This could also tempt the owner to time and again "smuggle" dog treats that are not fit for the dog's present condition. Do not do so; Aside from the irregularity of the diet causing fluctuations in the dog's system, it will eventually increase the protein in the pet's diet, putting the efforts back to zero. Possible resolutions for this lie in finding the best low-protein recipe that strikes a balance of being palatable to the dog, and containing the regulated amount of nutrients needed for recovery. The owners could consult the vet over the possible recipes to concoct for the dog.

All in all, owners should always strive to follow the vet's advice in giving the low protein diet. After all, this is what is needed by the pet, and in the end, all the efforts will all be worth it when the dog's optimum health is achieved.

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