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FRAUDULENT &Prescription& Pet Foods / Veterinarians with CONFLICT of INTEREST

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1) Can anyone enlighten as to any actual medicine and/or nutritional benefits within these examples of "Prescription Formulas" (main ingredients listed below) which are "prescribed" by veterinarians for:

a. Canid, mammal in the order Carnivora (Canine):

Ground Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Peanut Hulls, Chicken by-product Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Dried Egg Product, Soybean Oil, Corn Gluten Meal...

b. Felid, obligatory carnivorous species (Feline):

Ground Whole Grain Corn, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Sulfate, Dried Egg Product, Soybean Oil, Flaxseed, Iodized Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride

2) WHY would a client-consumer totally suspend all belief and logic in regard to these species and actually feed this to their own?

(Because it's being labeled, sold, and prescribed as "Prescription", therefore being perceived as MEDICINE.)


3) Can anybody cite any actual MEDICINE in these "prescription formulas"? (Answer is right on the INGREDIENT LABELS.)

4) Then how can they possibly justify the PRICE -- as much as $75.00 -- which naive clients shell out for it, especially when comparing the INGREDIENTS side-by-side with a bargain brands' ingredients? (See ALPO's Savory Beef which lists BEEF and CHICKEN within the first FOUR main ingredients.)

5) Can they also explain why they think carnivorous companion animals should be eating Sawdust and Peanut HULLS?

5-a.) Are they even aware of just what Powdered Cellulose IS?

6) Has it ever occurred to people that eating these things is what actually CAUSES all the most common ailments and diseases in these species in the first place?

Carnivores' dentition and digestive systems do not permit efficient processing of grains and vegetable matter (let alone the inexplicable "things" listed above.) This is why nature designed and programmed them to eat what is already DIGESTED in their prey. 7) Can anybody deny this?

8) Would you consider it ethical and LEGAL should our family Physicians have such a "relationship" with the Snack Food Industry and convinced everybody that "prescription" Corn Chip diets were necessary -- while they profited from the corn chip sales, as well as, drug company points for additional medications sold to mask the ailments resulting from such a strict diet?

Would we accept this -- despite the ingredients we see listed right on the packages -- and just pay the price, just as we do without hesitation for our chronically ailing, over-drugged companion animals?

9) Are there any differences between the Oath veterinarians took with that of our Physicians/M.D.s?

Virtually everybody who SHOULD be alerting and informing companion animal owners to this scam is invariably tied to, and profits from, the Commercial Pet Food Industry.

-Unlike Physicians, Veterinarians only have to answer to their own governing body - itself largely funded by the Commercial Pet Food Industry.

So guess who gets to "teach" our Veterinarians "NUTRITION", too!

Naive companion animal owners are convinced by their trusted veterinarians that their pets "need" to ingest these things to get well, yet corn (tough to digest) -- along with soy and wheat which are also most prevalent in most of these foods -- is among the most common, PROVEN, causes of allergies and other health issues in dogs and cats.

And nobody's ever warned us?

Had to find it all out on the INTERNET after having learned it all the hard way!

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  • Sl
      22nd of Jan, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Currently going through the same issue with VCA (very costly animal care) over the alleged prescription pet food
    when we first started using this brand of low residue around 2004 it was fairly reasonable around 30 bucks but since then the cost has skyrocketed, add shipping from anywhere from 18 to 35 dollars and you have a hundred dollar bag of dog food real quick. add cannned and it's well over a hundred and fifty.
    My dog is almost 15 and has health issues and is on numerous meds am on a fixed income VCA will give a discount for prescription meds or some care but not for the food even though you need a prescription for it what? sounds fraudulent to me.
    talked to their corporate office and was told in a nice way to basically go screw myself.
    thanks for posting this
    Slo and J Dogg inMichigan

  • An
      6th of Nov, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Marketing, marketing, marketing.

    Sheesh, who'd foot the bill for their seminars & meeting if they didn't cozy up to the pet food industry.

    One could ask if the pet food industry isn't helping their revenue streams with sick animals - and naturally nobody knows enough to say Yup, it's the pet food making them poo until their bottoms are raw or upchuck so much they need IV's of fluids.

    Right, no published science on the nutritional value of a brand that hasn't been generated from a scientist with no conflict of interest, no public documentation of safety of pet foods, no education in nutrition, no documented nutritional science on the advertising claims on packaging or websites, NCR isn't helping the FDA - AAFCO & the pet food industry are the ones with the Memorandum of Understanding with the FDA.

    Tell me when pet parents/pet owners step up and say NO to this madness.

    AngryLabCat - don't make me an involuntary lab animal in my own home

    (ps. Mommie is getting us to eat homemade chicken & rice & beef & carrots & garden peas with added nutrients..yummers. Hope she can start doing it more often)

  • Po
      7th of Mar, 2011
    +1 Votes

    As a professor in a veterinary college in the USA, I can confirm that serious conflicts of interest exist. Many of our students get free or heavily discounted food from 2 pet food companies during their 4 years of vet school. Each recipient of this largess receives gifts that are cumulatively worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Moreover the faculty of the college has turned over it's small animal nutrition teaching to persons affiliated with and indirectly paid by a pet food company. Many students and faculty continue to argue that these personal and institutional gifts are meaningless. No doubt any taker of bribes would argue the same: we were going to favor those interests anyway. Yet, meaningless gifts ought to be easy to refuse by people--and Universities--interested in their profeessional standing. A profession sets its own ethics, and thus one cannot say that such flagrant conflicts of interest are unethical. But one might hope for standards somewhat higher than used car salesmen in the veterinary profession. Pity that expectations are not reality. Where is the AVMA in providing leadership on this matter? On the take, that's where. Our College was recently reviewed for AVMA accreditation: nothing I saw mentioned on our lack of conflict of interest policies much less our flagrantly extant conflicts. Shame on us.
    Dale Hancock, DVM PhD, Washington State University (

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