I was just reminded of one issue where the buy-out from Mars made an issue: food during hospitalization. If you have a kibble-fed dog, it's a non-issue. If you have a raw-fed dog, though...it might be.
Earlier in the summer, the VCA referral hospital (for specialty surgery) accepted owner-supplied commercial raw/freeze dried diets for hospital stays. Sometime in June, they stopped.
For hospital stays, I was using freeze-dried commercial (Nulo) for after surgery because it's convenient for hospital staff (it's pellet like, so kennel workers don't freak out, it's shelf-stable, etc.). Nulo is super-appealing to my dog, as he thinks its a special treat, so I knew if he'd eat anything after surgery, he'd eat this. I also know it's a form of food my very sensitive dog can tolerate it well. It's terribly expensive, but for a only few days after major surgery, it was the best option I could find. They happily accepted it for his first surgery, then a few weeks later, they rejected it for the follow up surgery, along with regular dehydrated jerky-style, due to the corporate overlords sending a memo changing policy: "no raw diets in any form." The only thing they'd accept that wasn't kibble was 96% meat canned food -- so I left a lot of cans for his 3-day stay.
This could be the standard AVMA party line and concern for spreading salmonella and e. coli to vet techs handling the food....but the timing is suspicious. I think this is one of those Mars Pet Care things that they're intractable about.
For 95% of pet owners, it won't matter. For the few of us who don't feed kibble though, it's something to think about in advance, before a major surgery requiring a hospital stay.
Last edited by Magwart; 07-29-2018 at 01:19 PM.