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Why do vets push Science Diet?



  • ellen sklarellen sklar ExtonMember Posts: 256
    edited 31 March, 2012
    I have CRF and I was on Science Diet k/d for a few years. That did work well for my problem, but then I decided I didn't like it anymore. My vet told my Mom she should feed me any sort of wet food I would eat but that it needed to be wet food that was formulated for "maintenance of adult cats" and not "all ages" because foods formulated for all ages would contain far too much calcium for me. My Mom had been feeding everyone else Wellness Core, but that is formulated for all ages so it wouldn't be good for me. She looked at the other Wellness foods as well as Merrick and Innova but those are all formulated for all ages as well. In the end, she settled on Science Diet Turkey and Giblets formulated for cats 7 years and up. She's not overly fond of Science Diet as a food, but it is one of the few brands with an adult maintenance formula.
  • Elizabeth KElizabeth K ChicagoMember Posts: 11,036
    edited 31 March, 2012
    My vet uses the Royal Canin veterinary diets which IMO are slightly better, but she also does not push prescription food for every little thing and she additionally carries Nature's Variety Instinct and several other high-quality foods. When she gives advice about foods she generally directs people to the back wall of the Pet Supplies Plus in the area-- the back wall is where they keep all the higher quality and grain free foods. Actually I gotta remember to tell her that the new PSP store that just opened isn't set up the same way.
  • Josie NoeckerJosie Noecker Member Posts: 41
    edited 5 April, 2012
    I have run into the same issue with 2 of my kitties. Figgy, our youngest, has food sensitivity issues. He's had issues since day 1 of us adopting him-he originally came from a pound and also had round worms. Long story short, the last vet visit I told my husband "His ears will probably be fine, and the vet will say to feed him Science Diet." Turns out, I was right. Vet told my husband Figgy likely had food sensitivities and I should feed him Science Diet (the kind that helps itchy skin). I looked up the ingredients and showed Bill-if I wanted to feed Figgy peas, I'd just open a can of plain ol' peas. It's sad, because the clinic does carry some better foods (EVO, California Natural, Natural Balance)....why not point to those? This lady knows that I prefer more natural foods. (I live in a small town, so I'm limited on vets). The other vet in town ONLY sells Science Diet, so I'm not sure if she'd be much better. Long story short, I have Figgy (Cordie, and Phoebe) on Natural Balance Duck/Pea, Venison/Pea, and a couple Nature's Variety foods (LID dry as a bi-weekly treat, and Lamb canned food.) They can also have Ziwipeak Lamb and Lamb/Rabbit canned-however it is expensive so I feed it occasionally. I've learned that Figgy cannot eat Blue Buffalo grain-free (or Wilderness) foods-it seems potato is a main culprit to his digestive issues.
  • Suzanne CheshireSuzanne Cheshire Member Posts: 3,748
    edited 13 April, 2012
    Science Diet is the only food company who puts "clinically proven" on their bags because they have tested and legally proven that the food will do what it says. Other foods say "clinically formulated" which is different and misleading. The vet wants to rcommend a food he trusts to work. It is that simple.
  • Jim SandersJim Sanders Member Posts: 1
    edited 15 April, 2012
    Our Vet rec. Science Diet when we adopted our dog at 8 months old. Only to find out years later Science Diet was one of the top 5 on the major recall list. My dog ended up with cancer. I was furious. So I did a lot of research on pet food so that the next time I could make up my own mind as to what would be safe to feed my pet and not have to depend on a Vets rec. I knew I wanted a Made in USA food and I wanted something created by a Holistic Vet.When I adopted my cat from the humane society they gave me a bag of Science Diet to feed her or use to transition her to a new food. I guess Science Diet must donate the food. So I transitioned her to Life's Healthy Pet Food and she loves it. I was also interested not only in the ingredients but how little it cost me to feed her such a high quality food. I am so glad I found this.
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