You may also want to think of this as “Things your Pet food company does not want you to know”.
It may surprise many pet owners to know that their veterinarian may be selling them overpriced, poor quality, pet food. While I am not a veterinarian myself, I have spoken to many and they all pretty much say the same thing. While in school the most any of them actually received on ingredients in pet food was probably no more than 30 minutes. Some got no education at all on ingredients, or brands, except for the visit by a Representative of a particular food company, usually Hills Science Diet. Most vets had no other eduction on what makes a pet food good or bad
Of course the Science Diet rep (or any rep for that matter) is going to talk about their food, and why it is the best. They are not going to point out any faults of their food, or compare it to anything other than lower grade foods.
In Hills Science Diets case, this food has a clever plan, first they pump oodles of money into offering scholarships to students at certain Veterinary Universities and Colleges, and offer funding for certain programs. Thus the schools are likely to invite them back to do promotions for their food. What vet student is not going to feel indebted to a food company that helped pay for their education?
Additionally Science Diet paid for their food to be put through a Food Trial. Again this was something the food company paid for, not something vets did on their own and determined this to be a good food.
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All foods have to meet minimum standards, unfortunately in Canada, and the USA, these standards are not particularly high. Many pet foods can, and do, contain known problem causers, particularly the preservatives BHT, BHA, and Ethoxyquin, which is a chemical pesticide often not included in the ingredients list but is use to preserve by-products. By-products themselves are not actually full of nutrition and can even be cancerous tumors, beaks, and so forth.
Another trick these foods use is to market themselves as prescription diets. Typically there is not any special ingredients in these foods to set them apart from any of the premium pet foods a person can purchase on their own. One only has to be familiar with what ingredients should be avoided in certain circumstances and what ones to favor.
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