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Frequently asked question
Can Anti Struvite | UAS be combined with an anti struvite/acidifying diet?
Both the Anti Struvite supplement and a urine-acidifying diet have been formulated to achieve a specific urine pH. When these two products are combined, it is virtually impossible to predict the effects on the urine pH. It is therefore not advisable to combine Anti Struvite with a urine-acidifying diet.
Can I combine Intestinal Support | FBS with dry food as well as wet food?
Intestinal Support is a supplement that should be combined with dry food. It supports, among other things, the growth of carbohydrate fermenting microorganisms. These so-called 'good bacteria' provide a better intestinal health when they are offered the right food source.
When the growth of carbohydrate-fermenting microorganisms is stimulated with Intestinal Support, this bacterial colony needs more carbohydrates in order to maintain itself. Dry food is rich in carbohydrates, which is an ideal food source for the good bacteria. Wet food, on the other hand, contains little carbohydrates and relatively high quantities of protein and fat. In case of a shortage of carbohydrates, the good bacteria switch to fermenting proteins. However, they are very inefficient in using proteins as an energy source. As a result, the bacteria produce harmful by-products, which can lead to health problems in the long term.
It is therefore very important to tune the diet and the pre- and/or probiotics supplement.
How can I stimulate the appetite of my dog?
When your dog is suffering from lessened appetite is it possible to support your pet in different ways. Some tips that can help stimulate the appetite of your pet are:
- Mix food (dry as well as wet) with warm water, so the scent is released
- Do not offer cold food, always at least at room temperature
- Slightly heat the food
- Mix wet food of the same kind with dry food
- Pour home made bouillon (without added salt and seasoning) over the food
- Mix the food with meat (TROVET Unique protein)
When your dog has always been a decent eater and only recently developed a worsening appetite, it is always wise to
My dog is currently being fed a hypoallergenic diet, can I gif him treats?
Your dog is on a hypoallergenic diet because of food hypersensitivity. This means that your dog is not reacting well to the protein/carbohydrate sources of their current food. When giving your dog a treat you are risking giving your dog something which can cause a hypersensitivity reaction. TROVET has developed special treats for animals with food hypersensitivity based on a single protein source (and eventually one carbohydrate source). Ask your veterinarian which of these treats are suited next to the diet of your dog.
My pet has kidney problems and struvite gravel. Can I combine a kidney diet with a urine-acidifying diet or supplement?
Kidney problems and struvite are two disorders that are difficult to tackle simultaneously. This is because anti-struvite diets acidify the urine and this is undesirable in kidney patients. Kidney patients are less efficient in regulating the acid-base balance in the body. When a urine-acidifying diet or supplement is given, the animal's kidneys are unable to raise the pH of the blood sufficiently, which can lead to acidosis (blood acidification). Acidosis can cause health problems in the long term. To prevent acidosis, kidney diets slightly raise the urine pH. This, however, increases the chance of the formation and precipitation of struvite.
In patients with kidney problems and struvite, a choice between two evils has to be made. In these cases, the priority goes to kidney failure, because animals with this condition can only be supported with a kidney diet. Struvite can be prevented by acidifying the urine and by increasing the urine volume. Since animals with kidney problems are less able to regulate the acid-base balance, increasing the urine volume is the only option for the prevention of struvite. We recommend that animals with these two disorders should be prescribed the wet food variant of a kidney diet. This minimises the burden on the kidneys and dilutes the urine, which reduces the chance of struvite formation.
What is the difference between hypoallergenic food and a health food?
A characteristic of hypoallergenic diets is that these consist out of one carbohydrate source and one protein source. Hypoallergenic diets are often formulated with more exclusive and unique ingredients. For example: Hypoallergenic (Rabbit) contains rabbit and rice. A maintenance food such as Adult is not suited as hypoallergenic diet. Adult (for cats) contains chicken, fish, corn, and rice. Healthy pets can always be fed a hypoallergenic food, but a patient with food allergy cannot always safely be fed a ‘regular’ food.
What is the procedure for finding a hypersensitivity using TROVET Unique Protein in dogs?
The diagnosis of food hypersensitivity will be done by your veterinarian with the help of a so called elimination diet. For 6 to 8 weeks your dog has to eat a special composed diet. This diet consists of one (unique) protein source and one carbohydrate source. When the hypersensitivity reaction of your dog decreases during this period, it is safe to say your dog was hypersensitive to a specific ingredient in the previous food.
For these cases TROVET has developed a special PURE MEAT range with unique protein sources, called Unique Protein. These products consist solely of meat and are guaranteed free of additives. Unique Protein is not a complete food.
Unique Protein can be given as a sole food source for 6 to 8 weeks. After this period, the diet needs to be made complete with a carbohydrate source and a vitamin and mineral supplement (Balance). Unique Protein diets for critically ill animals, growing animals, animals in the final stage of pregnancy and lactating animals should be enriched with a vitamin and mineral supplement from the start of the elimination period.
Unique Protein is available in the following protein sources:
- Unique Protein (Horse)
- Unique Protein (Lamb)
- Unique Protein (Quail)
- Unique Protein (Rabbit)
- Unique Protein (Turkey)
- Unique Protein (Venison)