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What Exactly Is Prescription Pet Food?

If your furry friend has ever had a chronic illness or food sensitivity, chances are you’ve gone to the vet and may have been told to start feeding your pet prescription food. According to Dog’s Naturally Magazine, the main difference between over the counter pet food and prescription pet food is how expensive they are.  To put it simply, your dog doesn’t need prescription food.

According to Dana Scott, CEO of Dogs Naturally Magazine, the top 5 ingredients in store bought prescription food and prescription food are the same:

  • Chicken by-product meal
  • Corn meal
  • Sorghum
  • Barley
  • Chicken

So, there’s no reason for the foods to require a prescription, since they contain no drug or other ingredient not commonly found in non-prescription pet diets. There is no reason for veterinarians to hand a written “prescription” for dog food that is taken elsewhere to purchase the food.

Now, you might be thinking this is because the prescription diet was formulated and tested with a specific condition in mind. This is completely false. While an over-the-counter food with a health claim (such as controls weight) is subject to FDA regulations and enforcement, the FDA practices “enforcement discretion” when it comes to veterinary diets.

Put another way, this means the FDA has not reviewed or verified the health claims on any veterinary diet. So, if your vet claims your dog needs to be eating a prescription diet, ask to review the ingredient list. Then ask for hard evidence the foods in the prescription diet are any better than those in regular diets.

The Brookside Barkery’s mission is providing “better health through better nutrition” and we’re dedicated to educating our customers so that they can make better decisions. If you think your pet may require a special diet, top by Brookside Barkery today and let our pet nutrition experts guide you and your four-legged best friend to a healthy and happy life!

Source: Dog’s Naturally Magazine 

Busted: The Truth on Prescription Diet Pet Foods

Are prescription diet pet foods more harmful to your pet than regular pet food diets? In a recent post by Dogs Naturally Magazine Founder and CEO, Dana Scott, this is proven to be true.

Dana reached out to several veterinary friends with four different pet food ingredient labels, one of which was a veterinary diet. She then asked the veterinarians to rank the pet foods from best to worst based solely on the ingredient labels.

The result? The prescription diet pet food was ranked last and is considered to be the lowest quality. In fact, the veterinarians believe many of the ingredients used in the veterinary diet food are considered harmful for your furry family members and can have some serious long-term effects including liver malfunction.

Why do we trust our vets to prescribe diets that will change chronic health issues in pets when these same veterinarians believe the ingredients included are considered harmful? According to Veterinarian Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, “Most US veterinarians would admit their formal education on companion animal nutrition consisted of one basic course that, in some cases, had to be taught by a professor from another program because no veterinary faculty had the knowledge or expertise to teach it.”

Many prescription diet manufacturers are also in the regular pet food industry including:

  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Purina
  • Iams
  • Royal Canin

The listed companies aren’t exactly known for providing the highest quality ingredients in their regular pet food. Dana decided to compare two of Hill’s foods: one regular and one prescription. Turns out, the number one product in the regular food was chicken. The number one product in the prescription food: whole grain corn – a cheap replacement for animal protein!

Not only does the Hill’s prescription diet food contain cheap, low quality ingredients than the regular dog food, but it is also twice as expensive!

So, if your vet claims your dog needs to be eating a prescription diet, ask to review the ingredient list. Then ask for hard evidence the foods in the prescription diet are any better than those in regular diets.

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Stop by the Barkery today and let our pet nutrition experts guide you in providing better health for your pet through better nutrition!