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Features February 2019 Issue

Dog Food Prescribed By the Vet  Not Working?

A nice gesture on your part, but will it undo the benefit of the diet he eats by prescription to manage an illness?

Dog Food Prescribed By the Vet Not Working?

You may be negating the benefits if you're feeding her the wrong treats.

Tufts veterinary nutritionist Cailin Heinze, VMD, is only too familiar with scenarios like the following: “We had this little dog who needed surgery to remove bladder stones made of calcium oxalate,” she says. “After that, she was prescribed a diet that would make the stones less likely to recur. Even so, the stones kept coming back. She had to undergo two more operations to remove more stones. We asked the owner what was going on. ‘Well, I’m feeding the diet you recommended,’ he said.

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