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Old 08-07-2009, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just at our vet today and was asking where I can get a high quality food in the small Wyoming town we live in in the summer. We live the rest of the year in Tucson where we have access to many great dog foods and typically use Taste of the Wild.

The vet recommended Science Diet, a dog food that gets a mere 1 star (the lowest rating, 6 stars is the highest rating) on dogfoodanalysis.com!

The review of Science Diet on dogfoodanalysis.com says it is a poor quality food with sub-optimal ingredients. Here is a quote from the website about Science Diet Lamb Meal and Rice..."Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains and other controversial fillers, fat of unidentifiable origin."

What!? Why in the world would my vet recommend this! When I told him that Science Diet and other grocery store dog foods were not recommended by our trainer and that I had read that they tended to be grain filled which is not "species appropriate" he looked at me with disgust and made me feel stupid! Ugh!

I heard that the reason they recommend it is b/c they get 20-50% of the sales of Science Diet and that older vets have out dated info. And that although vets have to do continuing education rarely do they chose classes on dog food and nutrition.

What do you think? Am I right about Science Diet and other grocery store brands?
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Why do vets recommend Science Diet?

My vet also wanted me to put Chyanne on that, but I knew better from this site
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Simple answer= $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Vets recommended it because Hill's pays them to recommend it.
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Quote:I heard that the reason they recommend it is b/c they get 20-50% of the sales of Science Diet and that older vets have out dated info. And that although vets have to do continuing education rarely do they chose classes on dog food and nutrition.
You answered your own question.
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very sad!
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was talking w/ a friend yesterday about kibble and she had no idea the reason for vet recommendations of Hill's products...she is now researching RAW and gave her overweight boy his first taste last night! Another friend has a dog who had bloody diarrhea, she feeds sensitive stomach SD per the vets recommendation. I told her about the corn ingredients and to research better kibbles(at least w/out corn and animal digest).
She had no idea either! It is really about spreading the word. I think many are willing to give their dogs a better food, but think SD or Iams is the best, because their vets say so.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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At some, or many according to where you get your info, vet schools the nutrition classes given are by vet's employed by Hill's. I use to attend a yearly symposium given by the U of FL (Gainesville) and their 1st aid class every time was given by Hill's vets who also sponsored the nutrition classes. Not hard to figure out that those upcoming vets are going to know how wonderful that food is and that those are the ingredients best for their future patients. Also, I heard staff mention at a vet's office that some foods are more profitable to sell. No doubt in my mind which way many of these vets are going to lean.
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I heard that Ian Billinghurst was scheduled to speak at a Vet school in the south, the Hills company got wind of it and threatened to pull funding if he was allowed to come in...
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ooooh yes...Totally agree with others who've already posted. Before I got sick, I was a vet tech for several years. The vets get bigtime incentives to push Science Diet, and not only that, they "bribe" (well thats what I consider it) the whole clinic staff with fancy lunches and presentations.

Science Diet is one of the LAST foods I would ever feed my dogs. I still find it unbelievable that vets push a food with corn as it's number one ingredient, not to mention the other completely inappropriate ingredients in the food. YUCK.

I'd always sneak in a little recommendation for the GOOD foods to clients before the vet got into the room.

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I give my dogs Blue Buffalo . The dogs like it very much.

I get concerned when a vet pushes a product that isn't highly rated. My 1st thought, the vet's investment in the product in the stock market - no kiddin. Also, is the vet wanting you to buy at their office? Hmmmmm, that would raise a flag in my mind.

I think best to research dog food products before buying a pushed product. Here's a site for Natura foods: Natura They have a food comparison wizard of the top grade dog foods.
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