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August 13, 2008

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Sheila

More manipulation from the company that already has my irritation meter running on high. This just sounds so much like cheesy discount store behavior, not behavior I expect from a professional prescription food company. I bet they don't have any big bags of the Advanced Protection Senior, do they? I still have not received an answer from them about why they discontinued this food if it was supposed to be so great for the senior dogs. Fortunately, my seniors are doing fine on the Wellness brand lamb, barley, and salmon formula.

Marie

First I will admit I really like your blog and am a regular reader.

I totally disagree with you about Science Diet though. The research I have done on dog foods just doesn't convince me that it is a quality food at all based in ingredients.

I also dislike that vets sell it. Isn't that a conflict of interest? I mean, my doctor doesn't sell food. (neither do nutritionists if you think about it) It also bothers me that there are nutrition classes in vet school that are sponsored by their company. How is that an unbiased opinion?

I never used it when I worked for a vet and got a discount and I didn't use it when my cat got a UTI either and it was recommended. (a little research put me on the right track of using cannned food with the higher water content my cat needed to solve his issue)

Now I'm not saying some pets wont do well on it. All animals are individuals. Just like some people can eat junk food all their lives and be healthy so can some pets. And I am certainly not an expert in animal nutrition. I am just not sold on Science diet from the stuff I have read.

Check out the book "Food pets die from" by Ann Martin. It is a great look into the pet food industry and it explains how to read pet food labels. And for the record I don't totally agree with her about raw diets either. But I like that she tells HOW she found her information on the pet food industry.

Just my two cents. Love the blog though. :-)

Marie

Ooops, that's "Food pets die for" , not from.

Pietoro

I prefer Nature's Variety Prairie, myself. More meat-based protein and whole ingredients, and less grain husks and by-product meal.

Most commerical dog foods I've seen at the vet's have not been all that high quality... I don't fault people for using cheapo food, but it rankles me a bit that animal doctors would endorse it over obviously higher grade products.

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