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Old 01-01-2014, 06:10 PM
 
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"RX" pet food manufacturers offering incentives to vets if they sell more of their foods. Now you know.


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Old 01-01-2014, 06:49 PM
 
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"RX" pet food manufacturers offering incentives to vets if they sell more of their foods. Now you know.


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I automatically assumed all along.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Well, I trust my vet.....and if he says someone needs a prescription diet that is what they are going to get.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:01 AM
 
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I trust my vet to a point. But she knows very little about feline nutrition. Read the ingredients of those "therapeutic foods". It's practically malpractice to "prescribe" them.

The introduction of dry food created all these unknown in cats health problems. So they invented more dry foods to "cure" or "maintain" the conditions that were created by feeding dry in the first place.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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nothing new here. do you think vets carry these foods just for our convenience? they are making a profit-nothing wrong with that as long as the food is healthy. all i know is Oscar has been on RX royal canin from vet for 2 years now and he is thriving after being at death's door.. can't argue with success. his food is rabbit. if i could find same at cheaper i would buy it elsewhere.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Out West
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It's long been known that vet schools have been sponsored by certain food companies. That's why you see those foods on the shelves when you walk in to the vet office. Unless your vet has taken extra education on nutrition, they only get one or two classes on it.

I trust the vet to fix ailments, I do not trust their nutrition advice. Follow the money trail.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: FL
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I trust my vet as well like catsmom only to a point, they know about as much as my primary care provider about nutrition and are swayed by whoever courts them. As 3Wolves notes unless they've educated themselves regarding nutrition they don't have much knowledge. I don't know that there is a lot of research done on pet nutrition, my bet would be if there is money to be made there's research done. I don't mean to sound cynical but research is always based on funding.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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Vets and doctors don't get my blind trust. I believe it's important to be an informed patient who questions medical providers.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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It's long been known that vet schools have been sponsored by certain food companies. That's why you see those foods on the shelves when you walk in to the vet office. Unless your vet has taken extra education on nutrition, they only get one or two classes on it.

I trust the vet to fix ailments, I do not trust their nutrition advice. Follow the money trail.
My vet does not sell prescription diets.....you have to order them from an outside supplier that carries all brands available.

They stopped selling prescription diets years ago because it wasn't cost effective.

And.....my vet is very knowledgeable about nutrition.

He told me a story once about another client whose pet needed a prescription diet. That client went on the internet and found a diet they thought was better.

That diet caused pancreatitis and their dog died. My vet couldn't understand why they would do such a thing without talking to him about it first. If they had, he would have told them how dangerous that diet was and their dog wouldn't have died.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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My vet does not sell prescription diets.....you have to order them from an outside supplier that carries all brands available.
If you're using an outside supplier your vet recommended, I assure you the vet is getting a percentage of the sales.
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