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What are the benefits of low purine dog food?
When the body breaks down purine it creates uric acid. Though this is naturally processed by the kidneys, in some animals, an excess of uric acid has the potential to cause a number of potential health problems. A lower concentration of purine means your dog will have a better chance of not being at risk of health issues caused by an excess of uric acid.
An excess of uric acid can cause issues with the joints in the body which can potentially lead to significantly reduced mobility. Deposits of acid around the muscles and bones can make it more difficult for animals to enjoy daily exercise and general movement. Foods that contain a reduced purine content still provide all the essential proteins your canine needs to enjoy a healthy lifestyle but won’t contribute to joint-related health problems such as arthritis or painful build-up of fluid.
Increased kidney function
Low purine dog food can be beneficial for older animals or those who are prone to infections or conditions such as kidney stones. When the kidneys are working too hard, small painful stone-like build-ups can form, which makes life very uncomfortable for dogs and can also lead to a number of other serious health problems. Lowering the purine intake can significantly improve the kidney function.
More energy and improved sleep
When dogs are not in discomfort from trying to break down uric acid overall energy levels improve and can help with the natural circadian rhythms. This means dogs your dog will get a better quality sleep.
Reduced risk of urinary infections, urinary crystals and bladder problems
Normal urinary pH is 5.5 – 7 for both dogs and cats.
Generally, when urinary pH becomes too acidic there is the potential for oxalate stones to form. If it becomes too alkaline then struvite stones may form.
Symptoms include frequent urination, painful or bloody urination, bladder infections, kidney inflammation and sometimes blockage of the urinary tract completely. Some breeds are more susceptible to forming stones, such as Dalmatians, Miniature Schnauzers, Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzus. By feeding a food naturally low in purine to these breeds, you will be offering a diet that supports your dog nutritionally, whilst maintaining optimum health.
Which meats and vegetables are low in purine?
All dog food will contain a certain amount of purine but there are a number of ingredients that generally contain much lower levels of this element.
The following ingredients are generally considered to have a low purine content:
- White Meat
- White Fish
- Orange and Yellow Vegetables