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Pet Conditions That Can Be Treated Through Diet


Pets, we love them. If my children had a choice we’d have cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, lizards and goodness knows what else running around the house.  If my house was bigger and I earnt more I’d be totally up for the idea, not sure my husband would though. But with pets comes great responsibility and I’m not just talking about the looking after, cleaning, walking etc that’s involved.

Did you know there are common illnesses that animals can develop that can be treated with the correct foods?  It’s not something that many consider when getting a pet, but that people can discover further down the line.


Take for instance Cats.  These cute cuddly furballs are great to have around.  They are pretty independent yet in many cases love to sit on laps for a stroke and cuddle.  Did you know like humans, cats can suffer from bladder stones? I know, something you’d never think of unless you had a cat that developed it.  The good thing is, you can treat this through their diet with various types of food found at places like Pets at Home.  It’s formulated to reduce the recurrence of stones.  Great to be aware of should our little friend Poppy develop any problems.


Dogs can also develop conditions we normally associate with humans too.  Let’s use heart disease one of the largest killers in the UK when it comes to human illnesses as an example.  Who doesn’t love dogs? They’re fun, affectionate and we care for them like our children (but they tend not to answer back, bonus!!!).   Where a dogs diet isn’t well balanced they can develop heart disease. Might be best not to make feeding your dog table scraps a habit that’s for sure.  Instead maybe try a 5* Which rated product Akela 80:20 Original Grain-Free Working Dog Food that can help keep the diet well managed.  It has a great mix of ingredients to help keep “man’s best friend” nice and healthy and around to keep you company for many years.


When we visit the local stables there are a number of horses that are boarded there.  My children love to go and see the horses and are even happier if they get to go riding (this is not very often though unfortunately).  Whilst at the stables, I often talk to the other adults around and recently discovered from a lady that owns a horse that they can get Cushing’s disease.  Well I hadn’t expected that. As in humans this condition is caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland which results in the excessive production of cortisol.  Although not curable it is treatable. Cushing’s in horses can be treated with products from Spillers Horse Feeds.  This can help them live fuller healthier lives than they otherwise would.


Rabbits teeth grow throughout their life.  Did you know that? If they are not constantly grinding their teeth down eating fibre as they would in the wild then their teeth can grow to form sharp points.  This will cause damage to their tongue and cheeks. The solution is simple, provide a fibre rich diet to help prevent this happening. Overgrown teeth can be avoided by providing a fresh supply of feeding hay and nuggets like those from Burgess Pet Care.  These will naturally help keep their teeth worn down preventing overgrowth occurring.

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These fun little guys are great to have around.  They can suffer from impaction (constipation) – when they eat something they can’t digest or that is hard to digest.  Of course if your pet has this you’ll be seeing a vet. To help avoid this problem occurring try providing easy to digest foods like calci worms from places like exotic-pets.co.uk.

Have you heard of pets getting any of these conditions?  Do you know of any other pet conditions that are treatable through diet?

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. My cat got a stone in his bladder once, it was the most stressful time. I was sick with worry. Thankfully the vet was wonderful and fixed my little furry baby. We changed his diet and thank god we’ve had no problems since.

    Katie xoxo

    1. Oh wow I can imagine it would have been a worrying time. Animals become part of the family so I can imagine you would have been very worried when they were ill. Glad they’re better and that you were given advice in relation to food that helps prevent recurrence x

  2. I know from friends how expensive vets bills can be, so if there are alternative ways to treating animals which are much more cost effective and even proactive in helping them stay well then that’s a great thing.

    1. Some foods can be used as preventatives to help avoid conditions. Of course if the animal needs the vet there isn’t always an option. It’s best to avoid it coming to that.

  3. This is so useful, I hadn’t realised so much could be down to diet. Our cat once had a urinary problem I wonder is that was diet related.

  4. This all makes a lot of sense, especially as we are tasked with keeping them healthy…often it is down to the human more than the animal if their diet is unhealthy for them!

    1. It’s interesting to see that each animal can be helped through specific foods.

  5. I knew about rabbit’s teeth but didn’t know about cats bladder stones – I have 2 cats so will def take this on board!

    1. I know what you mean. It’s not something we really think about. I’m glad that people liked this piece and have learnt something new from it too x

  6. I think for me one of the reasons I am not keen on pets is not knowing what to do when they get ill plus the vet bill. Thanks for this post lovely

    1. Vet bills can be expensive. Insurance can really help.

  7. My sister’s dachshund had eczema which she cured by changing his food, and recently he went on a big diet as he had a bad back, and it’s really helped!

    1. It is great that animals can be helped by something so simple.

  8. Vets can be super expensive so this blog post can save people so much money! I don’t have pets but I’ll be sure to pass this info onto my friends who do 🙂

    1. Thanks Katie. I do hope this helps your friends and their pets x

  9. I wasnt aware cats could get bladder stones, hope thats never an issue for my furball

    1. Same here, I thought this might make an interesting read.

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