Integrating Custom Homemade Recipes into Medical Programs for Dogs with Lymphangiectasia
At any age, lymphangiectasia, mysteriously, causes congestion and rupture of the lymphatic vessels in the intestines. This results in poor absorption of fat from the intestines and the loss of protein into the feces. Weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea are the initial symptoms with fluid accumulation in the lungs and abdomen and blood clots in arteries and veins of the body in later stages of the condition.
Decreasing the fat content of the diet reduces inflammation and helps relieve the distressing symptoms. Our dog food recipes for lymphangiectasia have a calorie distribution that is considered favorable for lymphangiectasia patients meaning that it has fewer calories from fats. Such low-fat recipes are not appropriate for normal adult dogs, or puppies.
Your dog’s diet is only one tool for the management of lymphangiectasia, it is not a substitute for a comprehensive veterinary treatment plan. A veterinary plan may include medications (metronidazole, budesonide, prednisone, chemotherapeutic drugs), vitamin B-12 and Folic acid supplementation, as well as pre and probiotic supplementation, antidiarrheal treatment, and anticoagulant therapy. Expecting dramatic results with just a diet change is unrealistic and may delay important treatments. As lymphangiectasia is a progressive condition, stool quality in severe cases may never be normal.
Over time, dogs on low diets may lose the luster and softness of their fur due to the low-fat content of the diet to manage their disease. We encourage owners of lymphangiectasia patients to work with their veterinarians to supplement diets (every other to every 3 days) with extra amounts of the soybean oil that is included in the Healthier Homemade program. Soybean oil is the richest oil in the bioavailable essential fatty acids necessary for coat, fur and immune health with the least amount of total fat.
All Healthier Homemade recipes for lymphangiectasia exceed AAFCO and NRC requirements for all nutrients and meets the NRC minimum requirements for total fat and essential fatty acids, but recipes for lymphangiectasia may not be appropriate for patients that also have dietary restrictions for other conditions (kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, urinary crystals and stones. diabetes or cancer).
Each Starter Kit includes a nutrition data fact sheet, so owners and their veterinarians can see that all of the 42 daily essential nutrients are in the meals prepared with our recipes, when used as directed. Commercial prescription diets, especially kibble, may be unappealing. Freshly cooked meals make a difference!