Team Peanut wrote:i would go with a different LID or make your own food. science diet is garbage even the presciption diets
PitbullLover* wrote: My vet also recommended a new brand of food, but it still contained grain and other things I thought would not help her, so I went for a home made food, I feel if you think this food the vet wants to give isn't going to help her then I would go with what you think will work....good luck this is a very tricky disease which takes time before its under control
Team Peanut wrote:i wouldn't do any prescription diet. i would go with making my own food. you can control what your dog is eating and know exactly what is really in it.
Fact of The Month
Wholesome Ingredients Do Not Always Translate To a Balanced Diet
Very often, someone asks me to promote their business. Sometimes it’s a new shampoo or leash, but usually the request comes from someone making a fresh food diet be it raw or cooked. Most are happy to offer “Human Grade” or “All Natural” foods. This time it was a cooked diet, and curiosity led me to check out the site. To be polite, I could say it was an interesting discovery, but the truth is that it was just scary. The site claims that "Calcium alone should not be added to the diet. This can create toxicity and imbalance". This is complete nonsense. Calcium should always be added to a diet if the diet lacks it, and the diets on this site certainly do. My guess is that the owner of the company believes that the small amount of cottage cheese will do the trick.
Not only is that impossible, but it happens that cottage cheese provides more phosphorus than calcium. Even if fed alone the calcium to phosphorus ratio is incorrect, so there is no chance that it can add enough calcium to balance any diet. If that’s not enough, basil and oregano are touted as good calcium sources. Many foods contain a tad of calcium, and these herbs are no exception, but even if we fed our dogs pounds of basil and/or oregano daily, calcium requirements would not be met. Firstly, because dogs aren’t herbivores and can’t eat that much vegetation without having diarrhea, but more importantly, the source of any mineral must be considered if we hope to provide something that can be absorbed. Remember that we are we eat is only partially true. More accurately, we are what we absorb, and this is a factual statement for dogs as well. A diet without added calcium (RMBs, eggshells or generic calcium) will meet roughly 10% of a dog`s calcium requirement.
It was hoped that I would suggest these foods to clients, but given that they are not only low in calcium, but also in B vitamins, zinc, copper, and iron at minimum, that`s not going to happen. My take-home message is this: Don`t assume that wholesome ingredients add up to a balanced diet. The diets in question were formulated by a chiropractor, so the site refers to this as Dr. so-and-so. Regardless of the title, these are diets that remain unbalanced and can be risky in the long term. Buyer beware! Just because someone thinks they know enough to feed your dog well doesn’t mean they really do.
Yet more hype on the site in question comes from the statement that allergies are a sign of poor nutrition. A dog can be provided wonderful nutrition and continue to have allergies. This is especially true in cases of food allergy because although the diet may be wonderful in theory, the dog is reacting to one or more components. So, food allergy resolution comes not from good nutrition alone. It comes from the elimination of the allergen combined with a properly balanced diet. I could go on regarding the misinformation that was presented to me for approval, but I`m sure you get the drift. Be sure to check facts before buying products that are hyped to be good for your dog. This is arguably even more important when it comes to food because as we all know, a healthy diet is the cornerstone of health.
Team Peanut wrote:i WISH more veterinarians would recommend people see nutritionist then just prescribing kibble.
Team Peanut wrote:i think something a lot more veterinary offices should hire is nutritionist and they should start talking to people with puppies and kittens and be then available to people that would like a better diet for their individual dog or cat. (i know i am asking for a lot)
Misskiwi67 wrote:PitbullLover* wrote: My vet also recommended a new brand of food, but it still contained grain and other things I thought would not help her, so I went for a home made food, I feel if you think this food the vet wants to give isn't going to help her then I would go with what you think will work....good luck this is a very tricky disease which takes time before its under control
Read the thread about "Are grain free diets really grain free" and see multiple studies about the contamination of commercial dog foods.
Veterinary prescription diets have also been tested, and do not have this problem. The ingredients may not read as well, but if your dog DOES have a sensitivity, and you don't know whats in the bag, trying new foods is a crapshoot anyway.
I dislike z/d unless its a last ditch effort. I prefer some of the other limited ingredient diets, Purina and Royal Canin make several good options.
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