At Campus Commons Pet Hospital, we offer a wide selection of pet food made to help handle specific medical issues. We provide advice and guidelines on your pet’s diet and nutrition for each stage of his or her life.
In this day and age, animal diets are far more advanced than what they were 20 years ago. The first pet food that was created for an animal’s specific medical condition was in 1939 by Dr. Mark L. Morris, Sr., founder of Hill’s Prescription Diets. Dr. Morris was of the belief that certain health conditions in pets could be managed through carefully formulated nutrition. His ideas were visionary at the time in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Morris was able to prove his theories on diet and nutrition when a young blind man came to him and asked him if anything could be done to help his guide dog, Buddy, who was having kidney health issues. The result of Dr. Morris’ efforts was the nutritional formulation that became the first product in the Hill’s Prescription Diet line of therapeutic pet foods, and the world’s first pet food designed for kidney health. Soon after, Hill’s Pet Nutrition was founded and the field of clinical nutrition sprang to life. That first therapeutic dog food evolved into Hill’s® Prescription Diet® k/d®, which is still sold today.
Over the years, pet food has become better and better. The amount of high-quality pet food on the market today and the choices available for consumers have grown to the point that it is impossible to evaluate all of them. Our rule of thumb is that if your pet is thriving on one, it is usually a good diet. There are instances of pet foods following whatever the hot buzz words are in human food marketing, so be sure to read any claims carefully and take them with a grain of salt. The basics are that dogs are omnivores (meat and vegetable eaters) like us, while cats are strictly carnivores (meat only). That is why cat foods are more expensive and also why dogs want to eat them. (Too high of a protein level is not good for dogs, however!)
Therapeutic Pet Foods
At Campus Commons, we carry a variety of pet foods that are made to help handle specific medical issues. Most of them are Royal Canin and Hill’s because of our positive experiences with them, but we do carry other brands and can special order many more for you as well.