It seems that many veterinarians think that Science Diet and Hills foods are good, but I had one of my older dogs on one of the Hills Formula, but took her off of it when I saw all the crappy ingredients they put in it like peanut hulls and corn being the first ingredient listed. It is also very expensive. Is it really good because veterinarians say it is?
Don't know 100% if this is true but I have a friend that works at a vet and she says it has some ingredient that can cause cancer so she won't use it. If anyone can think of what it is please post because some of the other supposedly good foods also have that ingredient.
Blue - most vets get paid to sell certain brands of food.
Also when they go to college, either the Hills brand or Iams usually teaches the nutritian course. So most vets are completely ignorant to nutritian.
~A friend of mine just got her vet tech degree. I asked her what she thought about dog food and all she had to say was, "Oh Science diet is SUCH a great food, I recommend ALL dogs be put on it!" I said why, she said "it is just so good for them!" Ignorant.
If no one knows that ingredient that causes cancer I will try to find out and post it. My friend says that there are more dogs that come to the clinic that have been on science diet all their lives that come in with cancer that those who have been on other much less expensive diets
Let's us be realistic but vets don't go to university for several years to then be just merely seat warmers, lol. Of course they plan on making big money and most of them do, there are great vets out there that try to do the very best for our pets but they are like a needle in a haystack and lucky are those pet people that end finding such vets. Vets that are true animal lovers would feel compelled to conduct some research of their own rather than choosing to be so gullible (conveniently gullible, mind you)...just as alot of us dog owners have researched animal health then why can't vets??? The reality is that they sell pet foods and through the sale of these noxious products they end up making even more money through pets that end up with health problems through the very food that your own vet has sold you!!!!
Alot of dry foods contain BHT, BHA and ETHOXYQUIN. Ethoxyquin is a rubber preservative and it is often used in alot of dry foods and I believe that Hills is one that indeed used these preservatives. No wonder dogs end up with cancer amongst many many other health problems.
BHA and BHT are tthe cancer duo. I read somewhere that the FDA won't allow either in foods for human consumption. Ethoxiquin is the other baddy. I buy my dog food at a small pet food store. If the food has any of these ingredients the store won't stock it.
No, vets do not get paid for selling the food. Other then the mark up price. Where do people get that information. However, the Hills company has a great many ties with the Vet universities. Young vets in school get a ton of nutrition information from the Hills company. As the result they become loyal to a company that they know. Also, Hills will only sell through vet clinics, and they tell vets to carry the food because people who want it must buy it from the clinic.
I hate HILLS food. It is terrible. And my faith in Vets that push it on people is very LOW.
My vet and the ones I have worked for do not push Science diet unless its a prescription diet for a medical need. That is one bad dog food and people either love it or hate it. They do not make any money like commision off it but the mark up is alot so they make some money. They also sell vets big 40# brown bags for super cheap for there own personal pets.