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Dog Food and "People Food" - Is there a difference now?

I'm seeing a lot of commercials for dog food that now offer beef, vegetables and sometimes, a bit of rice. For example, look at http://www.proplan.com/wet-dog-food/beef-vegetables-entree/.

Now when I last took Bruiser to the vet when he was sick, she asked what he was eating. "Is he still eating 'people food' like meat and vegetables?" She says "people food" with the same sort of disgust as if you were talking about feeding them human flesh. I lied...just dog food. Hmm, she says, pleased. So if I said "dog food" and was referring to the Proplan, what is the difference? The only difference I can see is that I actually know where my meat and vegetables are coming from. And that's my brother-in-law's farm where his cattle are free range and the soil where the vegetables are grown have never seen a chemical of any kind.

Coincidentally, this vet just happens to sell a certain brand of dry dog food as well as this company's wet food. I did buy the wet food, on the vet's recommendation, one time. I opened the can and the food looked like day-old puke that was sitting in the sun. But I dutifully put it on a plate and the dogs came to sniff it. Both turned their noses up and never returned. I threw out the plate after a day and half of no interest and donated the remaining cans to a shelter.

So the question becomes whether or not vets are actually interested in the health of your beloved pets, or is making a buck by peddling a certain company's food the ultimate goal?

Comments

Which brand do you feed them now?
C.J. Denis said…
I've been leaving Kibbles and Bits around for them...they eat it as a snack. Their main food is lean meat and vegetables...in other words, "people food".

CJ

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