Sunday, July 20, 2008

Why Do Vets Sell Poor Quality Pet Food?

As a nutritionist, I just can't figure this out. Vet's sell poor quality foods that will make your pet sick. I have read that they do not get much training in nutrition (that is the same for medical doctors as well). Do they believe the sales reps of Hill's or Iam's? Do they sell the food because they can make alot of money selling the product? I really would hate to think that they get alot of business when the pets get sick because of the food? I really don't have the answer.

The foods they "push" to their clients, are full of poor quality grains, by products, meals, flavors, and preservatives. The preservatives are BHA & BHT (which cause liver and kidney dysfunction and are known to cause cancer), and Ethoxyquin is listed as a hazardous chemical (OSHA) and has been found to also cause cancer and has been banned in Europe. Why do the pet food makers use them if they are dangerous? -- MORE PROFITS! The food lasts longer and has a shelf life of 2 years or longer. The food you just bought could have been sitting in a warehouse for over a year. (Refer to my first blog about grains, mold and toxins.)

It makes me angry to think that someone has a sick pet and the vet recommends a prescription food that he carries. Supposedly this will make your pet better. Lets say that your pet has a kidney or liver problem, the prescription diets are full of grains and chemical preservatives. The last thing a body (animal or human) needs when these organs are failing are chemicals!

NEVER use corn, soy or wheat in your pets food. These are often genetically modified, they are indigestable, and they make poor protein for pets. They are the cause of common allergies, they cause skin disorders and chronic problems like ear infections. By-products are indigestable protein sources. Animal and poultry fat can contribute to heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Pets that are fed these poor quality foods end up with health problems and then are given drugs to treat the symptoms. What they need is a change of diet. Make your own food or chose a high quality pet food.
Brands of food you can trust: Innova, California Natural, Wysong, Canidae, Solid Gold, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Natural Balance, Wellness, Eagle Pack, Taste of the Wild, and Halo Spot's Stew.
Go to to watch a video that will educate you about what should and should not be in dog food.