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Old 02-18-2005, 09:21 AM
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Have any of you ever heard of Vet Balance dog food? I am getting e-mails from these people, and they are trying to send me a free sample, but I've never even heard of it.
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Old 02-18-2005, 09:36 PM
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I've never heard of it either. Have you done a search on the net about it? Maybe there is a link for a website in the e-mail?
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Old 02-19-2005, 01:45 AM
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remember the ingredients should be human grade
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Old 02-19-2005, 09:54 AM
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Okay, I did a search and found it: http://www.vetbalance.com/

It's not a food, just a supplement. I hope Mordy will correct me if I'm wrong, but from a read of the ingredients, I don't see a need in my dogs for this type of supplement with their diet of the Innova EVO.

I can see where it might be a good system if a dog was eating a poor quality food, although even the best supplement can't overcome the toxins in the majority of dog foods.
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Old 02-20-2005, 05:13 AM
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It's not a food, just a supplement. I hope Mordy will correct me if I'm wrong, but from a read of the ingredients, I don't see a need in my dogs for this type of supplement with their diet of the Innova EVO.

I can see where it might be a good system if a dog was eating a poor quality food, although even the best supplement can't overcome the toxins in the majority of dog foods.

vetbalance is a dog food supplement. they are shooting out of the ground likemushrooms after a summer rain recently!

i didn't have much time, but i checked out the site today and immediately noticed a few things:

1. no ingredient list. they make all kinds of vague claims about what's in there and what it does for your dog, but did not post the ingredient label or any other factual information. i sent an email requesting a complete list of the actual ingredients used, an analysis of nutrient levels actually guaranteed in the product, and information about the amount of probiotics, especially the number of colony forming units (CFU) per gram. once i get this information (which i doubt, they will give me to be honest), i can make a more detailed statement if it is actually useful or not.

meanwhile i'd recommend that anyone who wants to feed a supplement stick to well known, proven brands like doc kruger's, missing link or nupro, or make your own from human grade ingredients. whoever wants info on how to do that, what to buy for it, and how much it will cost - feel free to PM me.

2. it's a multilevel marketing scheme. this means the manufacturer doesn't sell the product directly, but sells it to distributors who in turn sell it to more people lower on the list, and each level of this pyramid has a bigger profit margin than the previous one. these people want to sell you a product at all cost because they have expenses to recover. flint river ranch and life's abundance pet foods are sold under the same scheme for example, that's why you see so many ads from different sellers for them allover the internet - it's a cheap place to advertise.

renee is right on saying that with a good quality food you have no need for such a product. you can spend the same amount of money on a much more specialized supplement plan, tailored for your individual pet's needs. some examples are fish oil, probiotics, vitamin C and some fresh, whole, unprocessed foods like eggs, raw bones, fruit and veggies.

i'll post an update if i ever get a reply with straight facts from the manufacturer.
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Old 02-25-2005, 05:39 PM
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just to update everyone on te progress,

i received an email reply today that was a "canned response", referring me to their website for details. still no actual facts. i hope they will send me some real facts with their next response.
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some vet tried to give me a sample of something at a adoptafest..i think that was the same as you have posted..victor spit it out, but he is like Mikey and doens't like anything so you can't go by him..he even turned down peanut butter the first few times it was offered. speaking of which my son's girlfriend made herself a sandwhich the other day ...and was eating it when everyone in the room cracked up as my son said ohoh..your eating the dog's peanut butter..haha
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another update: i got the exact same reply as last time, that referred me to their site for more information.

just to see if i missed anything i went back and poked around a little more, again finding nothing really conclusive. i also noticed that the page that is supposed to tell you more about the vet who invented this supplement gives you an error message and doesn't load.

doing a web search for info on a "William M. Barnett, D.V.M." does not give any results either. so it's buyer beware on this stuff, i wouldn't buy it.

did anyone get a free sample? if so, does it have an ingredient list and guaranteed amounts of nutrients listed?
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