Prescription Diets, Breed specific and Puppy 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.

Breed-specific foods

Does wolf eat a different kind of rabbit than a coyote or fox?  Is an African lion unable to digest a zebra but a leopard can?

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!”

Prescription Diets

To put it briefly: most of these diets have horrible (and cheap) ingredients and little to no medications worth charging the outrageous price for, where-as Joey’s has many alternative  brands with better ingredients and much lower prices.

Check the ingredient list; one prescription diet has Corn, Corn meal and Corn meal byproduct in the top ten ingredients.  What exactly is Corn meal byproduct?  Roots and cob?  Many prescription diet lack any meat at all!!  Another great example of a so-called prescription is one designed 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.  We understand sometimes veterinarians suggest these foods as a temporary/short term plan to “re-set” the animal’s digestive system only to recommend a high quality food for the long term. 

Unfortunately though, most of these vet prescribed diets are a marketing ploy.  Plain and simple.


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