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Old 05-30-2013, 06:11 PM
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Default Vets pushing their food

Took the pups to the vet today, got a lecture about food.... And tries to sell me science diet....

Told me Henry was too thin, next breath watch his weight these guys don't do well fat....

Argh.... Nice enough young female vet... But I really wish my regular vet had been available! Just wanted their shots not a lecture!

Oh and my vet only charges me one "exam" when doing puppy shots if I being them all together, she charged me 3 separate 60 dollar exam fees and the shots on top....
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:14 PM
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Did you get a third puppy??

Yah... I'm super glad that none of the vets around here seem to push anything. At least, I've never been pushed for any of it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:57 PM
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Default Vet Prescribed Food

I've been there.
When I became a first dog owner, my first concern was diet.
I talked to everyone and read pretty much everything I could get my hands on - even before I brought my dog home!

One day at the vets I am directed to a brand of the food on their shelf. I took one look at the ingredients and said "no way".

Been feeding my girl whole food ever since and believe that she is super healthy to this day because of it.

Honestly, what's the point of a vet selling food that contains known allergens to dogs? Ca-ching, ca-ching?

To this day I can not understand why vet offices sell the food with less than the best ingredients that they do except to say that canine nutrition is not a subject that vets go deep enough into during training so why even try to push food?

In my experience I have yet to find a vet who I can talk in depth with about diet when it comes to feeding whole food.

I think next time I am into my dog's doctors office I am going to ask the vet why they sell a certain food and question particular ingredients.

Good for you to have the sense to avoid such rubbish.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:21 PM
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No third pup, I took Sophie in for my friend as well, she's on the same schedule as Larry

My regular vets not pushy, this one... Well... She seemed to believe it at least...
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:50 PM
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Reminds me of one time when my mom took the family cat to the vet. She had been overweight for quite a while and the vet would always mention it every time she was in for an appointment. I managed to convince my mom to switch her to a much healthier food and she was doing so much better on it and had started to lose weight. My mom took her to the vet for her yearly exam. The vet told my mom how great it was that the cat was at a healthier weight and then tried to get her to switch to Science Diet... So the food is finally working and you still want us to switch?! I wish I had been there to hear it myself so I could have given the vet a piece of my mind!
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:07 PM
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I purchase the vacc's from them for $10.00 and give the pups their shots after the first vacc's and exam. So much cheaper. Did they give a full vacc to the tiny chi pups?
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:21 PM
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the current trend at the clinic I work at is obsession over SD's new metabolic diet, which promises to speed up your pet's metabolism through the use of tomatoes and a few other choice ingredients. Nevermind that you're really feeding a small portion of something with the nutritional equivalent of sawdust...

but the other techs are allll about pushing this wonder food

ETA that they also won't recognize 'breeder vax'. So anyone whose dog was vaccinated by the breeder or owner has to have them redone there if they want to be counted as up to date in the system
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:19 AM
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I've honestly never encountered a vet pushing their food onto my healthy dog. I have zero problems with them recommending an RX food for a dog who may have a health issue though. Those foods help a LOT of dogs and they recommend them because they know they work. Vets in general don't really have time to research every brand out there and try and hope something works, so I see no issue with them recommending brands they know have proven to work in the past.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:28 AM
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Lucky for me none of my vets have ever pushed food when not needed, such as specialized SD can foods for IBS issues, etc. I did have one of my favorite vets ever try to talk me out of raw when I had a starved foster but he wasn't forceful and really he was just trying to help. I hope the fact she put on weight in record time with raw helped him with his next clients.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:25 PM
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I have never had a vet push food on me. My vet even ask for diet advice for their blood donor Greyhounds since he knows I own, foster and very familiar with Greyhounds.

I had one vet suggest raw for a dog with allergies, but overall never really had any vet question what I feed or push anything. I just went to a new vet for a 2nd opinion and she did ask what I was feeding. But she said it was fine, just limit salt since Pongo has CHF and encouraged home cooking which I'm doing with a little kibble.
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