As I mentioned before, Bijou has anemia. We had been feeding her Chicken Soup for the Puppy's Soul. My vet said that we should put her on either a prescription food for 2 weeks, or Science Diet.
But I looked at the ingredients for science diet and it's CRAP! Corn is the very first ingredient and then chicken by-product meal.
I asked the vet about it, and she told me that Science Diet has been proven to work over the years, and that corn is a highly digestible, efficient energy source for dogs.
But I just can't imagine this being true. I don't get it. Why on earth would a vet who should know better recomend this food? And it's not just her! So many vets out there seem to have no clue about good quality dog foods.
From what I understand most Vets dont know much about differnt foods. Representives for differnt companys that sell things to vets offices come in and talk about their food and if it sounds good, the Vet orders it. Mostly they get Science diet and Iams, Eukanuba products. The science diet has good foods if your dog has a health issue and needs a prescribtion diet. But other then that I wouldnt buy any food from a Vets office.
I just got a job at my vets office and i was reading the ingrediants to all the differnt bags of food and the ingrediants were horrible, i would never buy it.
hello rebecca...i dont know other then they get money for every bag they sell...Im not sure...but thats my opinion...I would hope that what ever he suggests works on bijou...I have 4 cats and tried many dry foods (they are addicted to whiskas choice cuts though) but with the self feeder we leave dry...it seemed there was a lot of barfing going on...so i found a science diet sensative stomach blend...and the hurling has 99% stopped...which i'm so very happy for...believe me...So...I say try what the vet said for the time he suggested and see what happens...I hope diet helps...but if chicken soup was fed and she is anemic...I dont know what can be given...
I don't know unless they get some kind of kick back on what they sell. I was feeding Max the w/d S.D. because of diabetes. It wasn't long until he would not eat it. When I told them I was going to feed him meats and some vegetables they just literally looked at each other and rolled their eyes. Well, he is now regulated on regular dog food and sometimes I feed him just regular meat and vegetables like we eat. We have diabetes and so we know how to eat and that is the way I have been treating his. My vet feeds her little Boston Terrier Iams and I wouldn't feed it to my dogs.
I just got done reading "food pets die for" by Ann N. Martin. She addresses this, saying it is unethical, just as if you went to the doctor and he sold you, non-nutritious food for profit and telling you, you needed it. Also she goes on to explain that Hill's Co. gives the AVMA over million dollars a year in donations. HSUS is in bed with the pet food co. as well. The book was absolutlely astonishng. Good Read, for those looking for a good dog food.
Science diet is balanced and only has the ingrdients pets need, nothing extra. Most Vets do not sell Science diet, only prescriptions. If he recommended it I would do it or risk serious health risks for your dog. Why do you guys always say "They must make money on it" Of course they make some profit, so does every where else you buy food. The corn is an energy source, and a good one at that. The other food your buying in the pet stores have no scientific knowledge of quantity of ingredients. Why don't you phone the company and start asking questions, don't just look at the bag then, call them and ask all your questions. The bag of food has a number on it i think.
Actually the vet is right, corn is digestible (without the kernal) and can be both a protein and carbohydrate/energy source in dogs and humans. It is not indigestible for dogs. Only the cellulose in corn is indigestible in both dogs and humans... and in fact in any non-ruminant animal. But there are other grains that are good sources of carbohydrates that are more digestible. Rice for instance. And of course meats are the best sources of proteins in dog food.
Some vets do take a kick for selling science diet from their offices. Lots of foods like Iams and Science are far more available everywhere, even if they're not as good. Theyr'e better than like, kibbles and bits and ol'roy but not as good as innova and other premium foods.
science diet and their veterinary prescription diets are crap food. plain and simple. vets dont spend a lot of time learning about nutrition in school. if your pup is anemic then find a good high quality food and and supllement with something called pet tinic until he is better.
$$$$ Kick-back! On every bag. Especially the Prescription Diet. Which I will say my sick cat has been on for several years. I am sure he could eat some other decent diet and it would do just as well, but I am afraid to change.
My vet recommened Science Diet and Pro Plan. He even gives away free bags of science diet to anybody. My dog found it very paloatable but I switched him to Pro Plan because the bites were smaller. Does anybody know the best food for a 1 1/2 lb. chihuahua to eat. He is very picky and a lot of the food, even small bites are too big for him to eat. Anything would help.
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Maybe the Vets push scuence diet becuase Science diet will supplu them with nice equipment such as dog scales, vet tech tables, computer etc....just to push thier food. Just look in the vet office at the dog scale, if it has a science diet sticker on it, i bet it came from them because of the vet selling the science diet food.
It is my understanding that vets get a kick back for selling Science Diet. About 2 months ago we were having problems with our Cocker Spaniel. She was throwing up about 2-3 times a week so I ask my vet what to do. She of course suggested Science Diet. She said that it was such a great food and that it would surely solve all of my puppies problems. I brought up the fact that it had corn in it and that it was my understanding that no dog was able to digest it. Anyway, needless to say, she thinks that it is a wonderful product and I still think it is CRAP! The food that I finally settled on was Eagle Pack lamb and oatmeal. So far so good. She has stopped throwing up all over carpet.