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Old 09-29-2019, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Dwatted Wabbit View Post
As you say, your vet is getting incentives from that cat food company.
If he's honestly saying dry food only, he knows about as much about pet nutrition as most human doctors know about human nutrition. That was a big complaint of my mother's, that docs didn't know diddly about nutrition and especially sugar.

A list of ingredients on that bag probably says, wheat, corn, grain, this, that, something else.
With humans, I understand. Doctors in U.S. aren't going to give you advice outside of their scope, so I get that - you gotta talk to nutritionist.
Though, with humans, that's the equivalent of human doctor saying - "feed your kid chips and hamburgers, that's fine".

But I was standing about 2 feet from him, looked him in the eye and he didn't even blink. It's like it wasn't even a question - "dry food is just fine". He completely disregarded the chemicals and non-nutrient fillers you mentioned.

Now, that was my first visit to him, as I recently moved, so I didn't know his viewpoint. Next vet is about 2 more hours of driving, so it's not so easy to just dismiss him.

Also, I could understand if he was just a young kid out of school. But he looked 45-ish, so he surely knows, just doesn't care

It sure makes financial sense for him - more junk food = more health problems = more vet visits = $$$
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Old 09-29-2019, 10:19 AM
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I wouldn't actually be surprised if the younger vets are more cognizant about recent pet feeding trends than the older ones.

Unlike chips and burgers, which have never been advertised or acknowledged as healthy food, dry cat food was, for a very long time, regarded as healthy for pets. So clearly a lot of vets are still stuck in that mindset.
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