Puppy, Breed, & Prescription Diets

  • Puppy, Senior, and Diet foods

    The notion of a perfect food for puppies, or senior dogs, or dogs that are overweight, or cats with hairballs, stems from the same ‘complete and balanced’ paradigm in pet nutrition.

    Look closely at these foods, and one quickly realizes that there is little difference between formulas; they jimmy with the protein and fat percentages a little (there are those silly percentages again) and call it good.

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  • Breed-specific foods

    Do cats eat a different kind of rabbit than dogs? Do French people eat special cattle that Chinese people cannot digest?

    Again, the protein and fat percentages are tweaked a bit to give the impression that science has yet again worked a miracle: “just buy this bag your pet’s entire life and all will be well; trust us, we’re scientists!”

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  • Prescription Diets

    To put it briefly: most of these diets have horrible (and cheap) ingredients, no discernable medications worth charging the outrageous price for, and have an over-the-counter alternative with better ingredients and much lower prices.

    A great example of this is one company’s so-called prescription diet for allergies: it’s called F/P, for fish and potato. Why do you need a prescription to buy a food with fish and potatoes in it? This may not be the case for all prescription diets, but most of this business is a racket—pure and simple.

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