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Kickbacks From Pet Food Companies to Veterinarians and Vet Schools
Lies, fraud and kickbacks dominate many relationships between vets and pet food companies, especially the ones that make cheap, horrible foods
The #1 Reason to Fire Your Vet: Annual Vaccinations! Dr. Will Falconer, DVM, CVH
The #2 Reason to Fire Your Vet: Raw Food Attitude! Dr. Will Falconer, DVM, CVH
Roger Biduk says the pet industry is often full of lies, corruption and greed that can include bad veterinarians, the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, NASPHV, Big PharmaMafia, EPA, FDA and pet food companies. ” I’m talking of billions of dollars per year and I could tell you it’s not in the best interest of your pet.”
Pet parents must educate and inform themselves about the misinformation which is the medical-industrial complex marketing machine that generates annual quantum revenue of over $100billion+ of $$$$ / year which includes BigPharmaMafia combined with the veterinary industry which includes bad, unethical veterinarians and the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and NASPHV… all at the expense of the health of your pet!!!
Kickbacks and huge profit margins from some of the unhealthiest manufacturers of pet foods [i.e. Hill’s Prescription Diet] to veterinarians and vet schools happen all the time and is rampant in the industry. I would NEVER feed my animal companions any food from the three companies (again, always check the ingredients!) mentioned below that sponsor “nutritional” courses at veterinary schools.
Most veterinarians acquire their only knowledge on pet nutrition in elective classes in veterinary school. These classes may only last a day or a week and are most often “taught” and sponsored by representatives from pet food companies! Hill’s, lams, and Purina are among the largest contributors for these courses.
Imagine that: One day or one week of classes out of a four-year program on commercial pet food “taught” and sponsored by pet food companies (such as Hill’s, Purina, Iams, etc.) that supply the vets with the food to sell once they start practicing and give them free pet food or at a huge discount for their personal use!
All allopathic veterinarians I know recommend and sell pet foods such as Purina Veterinary Diets, Iams Veterinary Formulas, Hill’s Prescription Diets, Science Diet, Eukanuba Veterinary Diets, Royal Canin Veterinary Care Nutrition, Royal Canin Veterinary Therapeutic Formulas and other so-called “prescription diet” foods. If you check the ingredients in these “prescription diets” and read on this web site what these ingredients are doing to the health of your cat or dog, you’ll feel sick to your stomach and find it unbelievable… but believe it!
These “prescription diets” often contain horrible ingredients with little or no meat, are often super-high in carbohydrates, super-low in animal protein and have had recalls from FDA for containing poisonous ingredients and Salmonella!
Did your vet tell you that formulas from Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet were recalled by FDA for containing ingredients from China that sickend and killed untold numbers of cats / dogs by poisoning them with Melamine?… I’m sure your vet forgot to mention that!
Did your vet tell you that on April 14, 2014, Purina, Pedigree and Hill’s Science Diet (veterinarian-sold!) were found to contain cancer-causing aflatoxin! Aflatoxins are considered to be among the most cancer-causing agents on the planet. I’m sure your vet forgot to mention that!
Did your vet tell you that veterinarian-sold Hill’s Prescription Diet was caught (January / 2015):
• Containing very dangerous levels of calcium, three times the legal limit!
• Containing very dangerous high levels of mycotoxin risk (mycotoxins are among the most carcinogous substances on the planet!)
• Contained very dangerous, numerous bacteria including two the FDA terms “Qualifying Pathogens” posing a “serious threat to public health”! I’m sure your vet forgot to mention that!
Now, why do you think your vet didn’t tell you all that when he / she sold you a bag ($$$$) to cure Fluffy / Fido only to realize weeks or months after that the health problem is still there or has gotten much worse…???… and cha-ching, more $$$$ for your vet to “treat” the problems caused by the”prescription diets”… possibly the begining of the end for your pet!
Read my webpage Vets & Their Poor Knowledge of Cat & Dog Nutrition
In addition, pet food companies even donate food to the vet students for their own companion animals. This practice has been going on for many, many, many, many years and has become so widespread among pet food companies that the veterinary school at Colorado State University made this an agenda item for an Executive Committee meeting in 2000. “Discussion was held on how to handle dealing with pet food companies and their donations of pet food to the university,” according to the Executive. Read more about this and other articles on pet nutrition here.
Colgate-Palmolive, the company that manufactures Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet, spends “hundreds of thousands of dollars a year funding university research and nutrition courses at every one of the 27 US veterinary colleges.
“Once in practice, vets who sell Science Diet and other “premium foods” [i.e. Hill’s Prescription Diets, Eukanuba Veterinary Diets, Royal Canin Veterinary Care Nutrition, Royal Canin Veterinary Therapeutic Formulas, Purina Veterinary Diets, Iams Veterinary Formulas] directly pocket profits of as much as 40% [and make much more treating cats/dogs who may eventually get sick eating these pet foods]” (Parker-Pope, T. 1997. For You, My Pet. The Wall Street Journal. 3 November 1997. Dr. T. Lonsdale, DVM 2001. Raw Meaty Bones. p266).
Here’s a £30,000 “donation” from Hill’s Pet Nutrition to The University of Nottingham.
Roger Biduk says it’s easy to tell if your veterinarian is ethical, knowledgable and is looking out for your pet’s best interests: “If they recommend or sell “prescription diets”, vaccinate frequently / annually and / or recommend poisonous, neurotoxic, possible carcinogenic, chemical insecticide / pesticide pills, topical applications or colars for heartworm / fleas / dewormer and / or powerful drugs such as steroids (i.e. Prednisone), antibiotics, NSAIDs (i.e. Rimadyl), corticosteroids, etc. as a first form of treatment without looking at ALL other alternatives, run away“.
I finally realized years ago that going to, and taking the advice of allopathic veterinarians and spending loads of $$$$ (as are many of you) was actually hurting, not helping my cats and dog so I started to do my own research to try and find out why my animal companions were constantly sick and overweight even though I was totally following the advice of the allopathic vets my oets were seeing.
I familiarized myself with the ingredients of Hill’s Prescription Diet (and was SHOCKED, as you will be) I was giving my cats and dog that was recommended and sold to me by allopathic veterinarians and then made sure to throw it in the garbage. It contained no meat and was (and still is) full of grains, corn, wheat, soy and by-products!
I now feed them what I write about, simply what nature intended – a species-appropriate, balanced, enzyme-rich raw food diet… you can also feed a commercial diet that mirrors one… the results are animal companions that are incredibly healthy, active, happy with no illness or disease from being fed low-quality pet foods such as Hill’s Prescription Diet (and other “prescription diets”) and never, ever have to go to a vet (not good for the vets!) including one feline (a 19 lb. Maine Coon) who is well into his mid-20s and still climbing trees! ALWAYS READ THE INGREDIENTS ON THE LABELS!!!
On the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) [and now also the AAHA, AAFP & NASPHV] recently telling veterinarians to discourage pet owners from feeding raw pet food diets: “Sorry, AVMA, you are all wet on this one. My own raw fed dogs have been healthier for the past 20 years than my clients’ dog food eating dogs. Are we veterinarians promoting health or the pet food industry, with all its recalls, Chinese ingredients, and biologically inappropriate diets? And why in the world is AVMA worrying about what perhaps 2.5% of the pet food market does? Surely there are serious problems affecting more pets than this… how about the jerky treats from China that are actually killing dogs, which FDA refuse to order recalled.” Dr. Laurie S. Coger, DVM www.WholisticVet.com
On January 13, 2012 PetfoodIndustry.com reported that the makers of Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet are going to hire more representatives to visit more than 22,000 vet clinics and hospitals to get veterinarians to sell more of these brands of pet foods, which are among the worst you can feed your dog or cat.
Kostas Kontopanos, president of Hill’s US said “We can get a better understanding of what individual veterinarians and their clients need, as well as provide nutritional education and support.”
“Hill’s and the veterinarians who sell these “prescription diets” for carnivores (dogs) should, in a perfect world, be educating pet parents on how bad this stuff actually is for their cats and dogs . Most of these “prescription diets” (that term should be illegal… there’s absolutely nothing “prescription” about them!) have little or NO MEAT and are loaded with harmful starches, sugars, brewer’s rice, corn, corn gluten, grains, by-products, powdered cellulose (sawdust), soybean oil and other cheap and potentially dangerous fillers among their main ingredients… but of course, that will never happen.
“Considering that these are so-called “prescription diets”, how come some don’t even contain any meat?; Most all are super-low in animal protein and loaded with carbohydrates – some of Hill’s Prescription Diets are 60% carbs!
“Cats (obligate carnivors) and dogs (carnivores) need a grain-free / high protein / low starch / zero or almost zero carbohydrate diet” says Roger Biduk; “a dog’s ancestral diet is around 49% animal protein, 45% animal fat and only 6% carbohydrates (none from grains!) which is still true to this very day“!