Urinary dog food is designed for dogs who are at risk or have urinary tract disease. The veterinarian is likely to prescribe this type of food for you if he feels the need. There are several reasons for this food being prescribed when dogs have this problem.
Why Urinary Dog Food?
Your veterinarian is likely to prescribe this food due to the fact that it prevents and/or maintains urinary tract disease in dogs. Urinary dog food has a moderate amount of high-protein and low in fat. Fat holds uric acid in the kidneys and could harm your dog if an excessive amount is given. Urinary dog food is also low in purines which assist in the prevention of urinary stones in dogs. Purines metabolize uric acid in your dog’s body. Learn more about nutritional requirements for dogs.
This food has a lower level of magnesium than other dog foods. The levels of magnesium found in other dogs could potentially cause kidney stones or urinary stones in dogs which are dangerous and painful for your dog. The ingredients found in urinary diets for dogs also maintain a healthy immune system.
Do Not Feed Homemade
Homemade urinary dog food is possible; however, highly warned against by veterinary professionals. Why is this? Professionals warn against this due to the delicate levels described above in commercial urinary diets for dogs. It is extremely difficult to provide your dog with the correct formulation to remain at optimal health. Prescription diets are highly encouraged to ensure that your dog remains as healthy as possible. Find here recipes for 100% homemade dog summer treats.
If you have any questions regarding urinary diets for dogs or cats, our in-house pet nutritionist is available to assist you.
Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.