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Old 08-17-2010, 08:38 PM
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Hi! It's been awhile since I've spoken to you all.
Tessa is doing great. She just got her last Core vaccine last Friday, and she's eating well, her stools have adjusted. There is no itching, no problems at all!
Still, when I went to my vet, they asked me what food I was feeding her, and I told them Fromm Duck and Sweet Potato, and they became extremely adamant that I should be feeding her a proper puppy food instead. Now I understand what they mean, of course, but I know a lot of you recommend Fromm (from what I understood, even as a puppy) and the woman who owns the pet shop helped me select it carefully, while looking at the protein levels and the fat, and this is the food I ended up with. She's doing very well on it. I'm certain that the food she is on is good, but my vet is being really annoying about it, and seems to think that I don't know how to care for my dog. Grrr!

Sigh, besides, I wouldn't want to put her through the hell of changing her food again after it took her a few weeks to adjust to it. What's your input on this? I'm just really iffed here, and I'm not certain what to do. It is a life-stages formula, of course, but they seem to be saying "that's not enough that's not enough". Gah! I'd imagine the nutritional content and the ingredients are more important than what's slapped on the front of the bag. As soon as I had mentioned that it's a "life-stages" formula, the assistant had pulled a face, without even knowing the brand. I want to break something. I hate being seen as stupid or thought of as ignorant, especially when I try so hard. I care a lot for Tessa, of course, and that's my primary concern.

Sorry about troubling you. What would have to say about this? Thanks a lot for your help.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:42 PM
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I would say your vet and his techs have been brainwashed by the pet food industry. I would say that they would like to profit off you by having you buy something from them, such as Science Diet or some other food they recommend. I would say that they haven't done any research into dog foods or nutrition at all.

I recently read that labeling dog foods as puppy, adult, high energy, etc. are just different ways to market a food. They may tweak the protein and fat for their formulas, but not enough to make a difference. Same with labeling food for different breeds. That's all marketing.

If your puppy is doing well on the Fromm then by all means keep her on it. And when you take her to the vet, you may need to step up and say something like "oh, what kind of nutritional deficiencies do you think she has?" and make them defend their position. Or just smile and say you have researched dog foods and have made your choice. They will have to agree to disagree.
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I agree with Brodysmom.
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A 'proper' puppy food is not as nutritionally important to toy and small breeds. BTW, most vets/techs/assistants have MINIMAL nutritional knowledge. My father who has been a veterinarian for 40 years says that I know more about dog & cat nutrition than he does. Is your puppy skin and bones? Is it a healthy weight? Is it growing? Then I don't see a problem with what you are feeding. I'm sure your vet probably wants you to switch to something like Science Diet or Eukanuba puppy food which aren't appropriate for a puppy due to being mostly corn. If I didn't work for my dad (who is a vet) I highly doubt I would listen to the advice of my vet about food, maybe if I met with a Veterinary Nutritionist then maybe I'd consider it, but as it sits I feed raw and very few vets think that's an okay diet due to lack of knowledge. I would stick with what is working for Tessa (love that name btw), and don't give too much hide to what your vet is saying. I know it's hard but they are experts in diagnosing, treating etc, not nutrition.
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A 'proper' puppy food is not as nutritionally important to toy and small breeds. BTW, most vets/techs/assistants have MINIMAL nutritional knowledge. My father who has been a veterinarian for 40 years says that I know more about dog & cat nutrition than he does. Is your puppy skin and bones? Is it a healthy weight? Is it growing? Then I don't see a problem with what you are feeding. I'm sure your vet probably wants you to switch to something like Science Diet or Eukanuba puppy food which aren't appropriate for a puppy due to being mostly corn. If I didn't work for my dad (who is a vet) I highly doubt I would listen to the advice of my vet about food, maybe if I met with a Veterinary Nutritionist then maybe I'd consider it, but as it sits I feed raw and very few vets think that's an okay diet due to lack of knowledge. I would stick with what is working for Tessa (love that name btw), and don't give too much hide to what your vet is saying. I know it's hard but they are experts in diagnosing, treating etc, not nutrition.
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Don't stress over it. The vet is wrong, plain and simple.
Tell them it's your dog and you'll feed what you want! BTW Fromm is an excellent dog food!
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Totally agree with Tracy and Heather. If she is doing well on the Fromm, I'd keep her on it. I think the behavior from your vet and the assistant is pretty awful. It's one thing for them to disagree and offer a suggestion, but their attitude about it seems downright unpleasant and rude. I can totally understand you being upset.
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Bah your vet would have had his nutritional training by a large commercial food company and obviously they are trained to think whoever paid for the course feeds te best!!

My vet is one of a few who agrees raw is best although he still sells science plan and rc prescription in his
Practice but fair play the Dude needs to make a profit as it's just his business and charges us next to nothing!

Honestly I'd ignorebit if she's healthy he really hasn't got a leg to stand on
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