Do you follow the advice to buy your dog from the vet?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by Pocs, Aug 31, 2012.

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    Pocs Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2012
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    To make it clear, when I visit the vet, he always reminds me that the food he carries is speciality formulated for my pets dietary needs. My dogs seem perfectly fine with the food I give them, so I have always declined, besides it's really expensive.

    My sister has a dog who developed kidney issues. He vet insisted that she use the food he sold. It was special for her dogs needs. It was $ 65.00 for a 15 pound bag. I'm talking about a Pitbull boxer mix, a large dog. Do the math. That's a small fortune monthly. We did alittle research on the kidney problem and the food the vet recommended. We found a identical formula for her dog on the internet from a pet supply store. The price $25.00 for a 20 pound bag, even with the $8.00 shipping charge she's saving a bundle. The dog is fine with the switch, no problems. He has been eating this for over a year with no side effects.

    Do you buy dog food from your vet when he recommends it is the best?
    Pocs, Aug 31, 2012
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    AutumnFaith2012 Active Member

    Aug 24, 2012
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    I don't buy dog food from my vet at all. In fact, there was one time that my vet actually gave me a can of food for my dog to try before I bought it and my dog didn't like it at all. My brother's dog has food allergies and the vet said he had to buy the food from him because it was "specially formulated" for dogs with food allergies. My brother did that for the longest time paying more than $30 a bag (and it was a small bag). He finally got smart and compared the ingredients on the vet's brand to some similar brands in the store. Sure enough he found one that was close and started feeding it to his dog. His dog's allergies have been fine and now my brother pays $15 for a huge bag of food that actually lasts!
    AutumnFaith2012, Aug 31, 2012
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    Melody Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2012
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    Though my Veterinarian carries these specialty food, she never pushes them on me or promotes them. The only time she actively recommends them is when my dog is sick. I have bought through them during those times only because it was convenient.

    My Vet knows what food I feed my dog. She seems satisfied with what I'm doing.
    Melody, Aug 31, 2012
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    claudine Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2012
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    I buy Homer the food that was recommended by my veterinarian. But I really trust him, he always takes good care of my pets and he is very honest. I probably wouldn't buy very expensive food though, simply because I can't afford it.
    claudine, Sep 1, 2012
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    Victor Leigh Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2011
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    My vet also had a pet store selling pet food. He doesn't push his products at all. I buy from him most of the time, though. Sometimes I buy from another store closer to my home. The prices are about the same at both stores.
    Victor Leigh, Sep 4, 2012
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    remnant Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2016
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    Before domestication, dogs were wild carnivores who came to live with man to gain access to bones and other food that he left over after cooking. Therefore, you can never go wrong with meat and meat products whether they are from the vet's store or not. The only other thing that dogs require are supplements to improve their health.
    remnant, Aug 16, 2016
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    IcyBC Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2015
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    I have a tendency of ignoring those kinds of advices from the vet. They just wanted you to buy their products. If you have compared the formula, and it is exactly the same thing for a much better price, I would stick to it.

    I have boxer Pit bull mixed so I know how big the dog can be. My dog is 55 pounds and he ate about 33 lbs of dog food a month. I believe you guys did the right thing! Check on Amazon, so far they have the best price for dog food, and if you buy $45 or more, shipping is free, unless you have Amazon Prime.
    IcyBC, Aug 17, 2016
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    Alpha1 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2015
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    I don't buy them and my vet doesn't push them to us. I know a few people he has advised to buy the food he sells but not us. And either way, most of what he sells cost way more and do not necessarily make sense. I would buy them though if Zik was sick and needed the food the vet recommends.
    Alpha1, Jan 6, 2017
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    Andrea Smith Member

    Mar 8, 2017
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    I honestly don't buy dog food that is recommended by vet, simply because I find it more expensive. I usually purchase his food and so as treats on pet street mall since I have a voucher and they usually have good promos and deals, convenient transaction is the primary reason why I buy most of my dogs stuff online. I also suggest that you go visit a pet store since its cheaper.
    Andrea Smith, Mar 10, 2017
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    steph Member

    Mar 13, 2017
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    Although my vet does have specialty brands that he recommends, he understands that not everyone can afford it. I asked him for a more affordable alternative and he was able to recommend something more in my price range
    steph, Jun 9, 2017
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