Vet Recommended Dog Food: Should You Buy It?
Should you buy vet recommended dog food? It really depends on the kind of dog food your vet recommends and your dog’s dietary needs. There are countless dog foods marketed each year and it can be very difficult for a dog owner to keep up with the latest nutritional news for dogs. How can you know if a food is good for your dog or not? Most dog owners do trust their vet’s opinions. However, there can be reasons why you should not purchase dog food recommended by your vet. Here are some pros and cons.
Pro: Your vet is a professional where dogs are concerned and he has your dog’s best interests in mind.
Con: Yes, this is true. However, vets do not know everything about all aspects of caring for dogs. Most vets only spend a few hours studying dog nutrition in veterinary school. A dog owner who educates him or herself about dog nutrition and who keeps up with dietary trends for dogs can often make knowledgeable decisions about feeding their dog.
Pro: Vet recommended dog food, such as Science Diet, must be good for your dog if your vet sells it.
Con: Not necessarily. Science Diet has an arrangement with veterinarians to sell their food, so vets profit by offering this food for sale in their offices and encouraging you to buy it. The basic Science Diet formulas are high in corn and do not rate very high when judged against premium foods.
Pro: Some vet recommend dog food, such as prescription diets, do what they claim to do.
Con: Yes, this seems to be true. If your dog needs a prescription diet for a veterinary health condition, then a vet recommended dog food, even one by Science Diet, seems to be a good choice in many cases. There are also other prescription diets by other companies that your vet may recommend.
Pro: Vets may also recommend dog foods that they do not sell themselves.
Some of the foods recommended by vets may include brands such as Wysong, Flint River Ranch, Solid Gold, Nature’s Recipe, Back To Basics, Nutro, Precise Pet, and California Natural. These are all premium pet foods. They typically have higher quality ingredients than some other dog foods. These brands often contain less corn than other brands, and may contain better quality protein. They may have more natural ingredients, among other h3 points.
Con: These brands are usually more expensive than most dog food brands.
So, should you buy vet recommend dog food? Again, it will depend on the food your vet recommends and your dog’s health situation. If your dog has a condition such as diabetes or kidney disease, for example, you will probably do well to follow your vet’s advice and buy the food recommended by your vet. That food may be a prescription diet sold by your vet. You can also consult with your vet and ask his or her opinion about dog food even if you have a healthy dog. It’s probably not a good idea to purchase your regular dog food from your vet if you have a dog who doesn’t have any health problems. In that case you should buy a premium quality food. Do shop around for the best price.