Dr. Becker shared some very interesting information in her article today at www.healthypets.mercola.com regarding the HYPE that may begin regarding therapeutic pet food; (that is the special diet food that can be purchased only at a veterinarian's office or clinic with a prescription.).
Apparently the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has recently added nutrition as the 5th Vital Assessment for companion dogs and cats. The other four are temperature, cardio function, respiratory health and pain. This is actually a very good thing. Dr. Becker's concern is that the manufacturer of this special therapeutic food has recently made a substantial grant to create these five assessment guidelines in several languages for distribution and plans to enlarge its sales force so that they can make 22,000 calls on veterinarians, clinics, and animal hospitals. In an article written at petfoodindustry.com, it stated a pet health insurance company will offer "coverage now including half the cost of therapeutic foods purchased through a veterinarian to assist in care of a pet for 2 months". Dr. Becker's cause for alarm is the ingredients that are contained in these therapeutic foods. For example; a bag of therapeutic kibble designed for feline gastrointestinal health contains: chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, pork fat. These are inferior and inappropriate foods according to Dr. Becker.
I recently read several articles stating that veterinarian visits across the country are down. I wonder if the sale of these therapeutic diet foods is intended to increase revenues for veterinarians as well as the manufacturer of these foods.
Dr. Becker says, if your veterinarian recommends a therapeutic diet made by the prescription diet company "Just Say No".