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Help with info on Dog Food- Pure Vita vs Science Diet

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Old 07-11-2013, 01:27 PM
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So here's my story, my fur baby passed away suddenly & unexpectedly last month. I went to the animal shelter last week to look at a Boxer that I was thinking of fostering. The dog was too big for my house set up and was going to possibly go to another rescue group. On my way out of the shelter an emaciated Boxer came to my attention. I could see she really needed medical care and I couldn't leave her there so I adopted her. We went straight to the Vet for vaccinations and treatment. This was a new Vet group that I decided to try out and I'm not comfortable with this group yet.

So, today I took her back to the Vet because she had signs of a respiratory infection and because of her health I wanted her checked out. During the visit we talked about her food and I felt like the Vet was lecturing me for not using the Science Diet. She didn't know what Pure Vita- grain free food was and she said she woud have to research it. She made a remark about people who use a holistic diet being overly sensative to suggestions on diet and she didn't want to make a judgement but she felt I wasn't feeding my dog the proper diet. I didn't get upset. I just listened and then told her I was happy with my choices in the past. I used Canidae with my last 2 Boxers and my last Vet (who was not familiar with Canidae) noticed an improvement in my Boxer's health. Before I left, she said that I needed to bring her in next Friday to get weighed and I might need to change her diet. Then she told me I needed to check that the food met the AAFCO standards, wrote it down for me and said she didn't care about anything else in or not in the food as long as it had the AAFCO rating. If it didn't meet the standards, than I should change to the Science diet. she included that she wasn't getting any kickbacks and said all she wanted was for me to put my dog on a proper diet. I understand her concern but I was a little put off with her presentation, especially since she admitted that she knew nothing about this food. I don't know if I'm going to stay with this food, but it came recommended to me and the dog seems to like it. Plus, I like that it is made in the USA.

I want to give her some information and I'm looking for an unbiased source. I did look at the dog advisor site, but was wondering if anyone had any input. Also, if anyone has pros or cons on this brand of food I welcome the feedback.

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Old 07-11-2013, 02:05 PM
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Do your own homework!!!!


Just looking at the ingredients list of the two brands you mentioned, I would choose Pure Vita over Science diet.

Hill's Science Diet Adult Dog Food | Review and Rating

Pure Vita Grain Free Dog Food | Review and Rating

I can't tell you which kibble worked for my boxer because I feed raw to my old guy... He is celebrating his 12th birthday in a few weeks. Congrats on the boxer! Amazing dogs!

Here is the whole dog journals review for 2012 (note Science Diet made their worst list)

Four Paws Acupuncture Ľ Top 10 Best and Worst Dog Foods by Whole Dog Journal

Here is a two part video how to choose the right dog food for your dog and detailed explanation what to look for on the ingredient labels. Just like human food, the dog food labels try to make crappy food look better but you really need to learn how to read the labels. If you're not interested in raw or canned food, skip the first video and watch the second.
The Quality of Pet Food Ingredients (Part 1 of 2) - YouTube
The Quality of Pet Food Ingredients (Part 2 of 2) - YouTube
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:26 PM
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Any thing but Science Diet!!!
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I just picked up our family's new puppy last week from the breeder and she specifically told me not to feed him science diet because its way to greasy and is hard on their stomachs (he's a collie). She did tell me what to look for in a pet food but didn't recommend a specific brand as there's been so many recalls recently.
I've had dogs for my whole life and have never had a vet "insist" that I feed them a specific brand of food, it would make me suspicious.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:36 PM
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Vets know little about nutrition. They make money from Science Diet in more than 1 way. First they sell it, and 2nd, it makes a pet unhealthy so you have to bring them in for treatment, more money!
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I agree with all of the above--Science Diet is awful. I would not feed it to my dogs or my cats. I think you need to find a new vet.
My vet no longer carries Science Diet but offers Purina or Royal Canin for prescription diets.
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BREAK IT OFF WITH THIS VET!!!!!
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Thanks for all your input and advice. I thought I made the right decision when I chose the new food. I looked over information from different sources and chose between the options available at a local shop (the owner does a lot of work with rescue organizations and she is also a trainer and daycare provider). I took many things into consideration and I hoped I was doing the best thing for my new fur baby. I explained why I chose the food I did to the Vet but she made me feel really wrong about my decision. I left the Vet hospital feeling like I needed to justify my decision by providng just the right information in writing on my next visit. I know I shouldn't feel that way and I normally wouldn't. I'm just tired from putting in long hours at work and taking care of this very sick little one.

I've had an uneasy feeling since my first visit to this new practice. No one has been rude but I don't get the warm and fuzzies from anyone either. It is very clinical and all about the bottom line. My other Vets have balanced their caring nature for animals with charging for their services (which has to be done). I felt right from the start that this place is all about getting as much money per visit as possible. I definately need a better fit and will need to change Vets.

Again, thank you everyone for your input any other advice is welcomed,
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I like this website for info.


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Thanks for all your input and advice. I thought I made the right decision when I chose the new food. I looked over information from different sources and chose between the options available at a local shop (the owner does a lot of work with rescue organizations and she is also a trainer and daycare provider). I took many things into consideration and I hoped I was doing the best thing for my new fur baby. I explained why I chose the food I did to the Vet but she made me feel really wrong about my decision. I left the Vet hospital feeling like I needed to justify my decision by providng just the right information in writing on my next visit. I know I shouldn't feel that way and I normally wouldn't. I'm just tired from putting in long hours at work and taking care of this very sick little one.

I've had an uneasy feeling since my first visit to this new practice. No one has been rude but I don't get the warm and fuzzies from anyone either. It is very clinical and all about the bottom line. My other Vets have balanced their caring nature for animals with charging for their services (which has to be done). I felt right from the start that this place is all about getting as much money per visit as possible. I definately need a better fit and will need to change Vets.

Again, thank you everyone for your input any other advice is welcomed,
jordan
This is just wrong, but sadly I've been there myself. It's not a good feeling. I never left questioning my decision, I left really ticked off and found a vet I trust.
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