Wed, Jul 25 2012 at 2:36 PM
Completely agree. ESPECIALLY when you factor in the reduced vet visits, etc...I'm not saying all Vets are bad, Of course not. But it's often true that Vets have formed affinities as early as vet school (through generous scholarships, cash awards, grants, free products, etc) that can easily form an "unholy alliance." And that relationship OFTEN continues right into their private practice. The pharmaceutical analogy is a good one. One indicator of a problem (IMO) is when your vet devotes significant floor space to selling "brand name" non-medical dog food. But even the medical stuff I don't really trust that much these days., etc...
Wed, Jul 25 2012 at 10:28 AM
I'll take my home-made semi-raw diet - which I have complete control over--any day over commercial dog food. Even the so-called upscale brands are very often poor nutritionally, with many actually being harmful. Ingredients routinely come from our unregulated friends in China, etc (the whole pet food industry is essentially unregulated). Buyer beware! Do your research very carefully. Or forget it all and make your own. We've been doing it for 5 years and will never go back. And BTW, our four dogs only see the Vet for the occasional vaccine, and never receiving more than one at a time (that's another story). Good luck!
Fri, May 11 2012 at 5:04 PM
true. Completely agree.