My vet is against raw diet

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Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 10:09am PST 
It's funny I just so my vet other day and told her I'm thinking of putting my pup on a raw diet and she told me how terrible it was for them and my family. She said she feeds her dogs the cheapest food at super market and there healthy. She says the people on internet are crazy and I should not believe what I read. Those people don't know what there talking about. I explain this is from forums from regular people stating there honest results. It's not like the people in this raw forum are trying to sell me a book. There just stating there honest results and experience. I'm still researching raw diet and started him on it but still not made my final decision if it's the diet for my new puppy. I'm still learning. 

Basically my vet is saying I'm stupid and I don't know how to do research. I had a dog in recent past die from epilepsy. I went to a ton of vet specialist and spent more money then I made. He still past away after trying everything they said. So what makes every veternarian any better or smarter. Yes they know a lot but doing your own research is a good thing and not to just take there answer as the only right answer.

Also my vet says I should get annual shots for my dog which is not true because 99 percent of healthy dogs don't need it annually. All you need is a titter test to see if your pet needs a shot yearly and with that test you will find you won't need yearly shots which are a scam by vets. The basic shots your puppy gets can last for 7 years or longer. So you don't need to do it every year and it's not healthy. The vet says her pets get all the shots every year and there perfectly safe for them. I don't know why vets don't give titter test annualy instead of shots. Even if they charge more for titter test itnstill would work out to the same money in there pockets and have longer living healthy dogs. Which would bring in more money for them in long run. I know vets makes a lot of money off shots because high profit margin and it may be the ony way to bring in clients yearly but just wrong.

All the people that go to this vet say nothing but how great the two vets that own this clinic are. They have great reviews. Everyone loves them. Maybe it's just me.
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Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 10:17am PST 
I don't know. Any vet that said I was stupid for doing my own research on what to feed my dog would be missing a client quickly.

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Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 10:38am PST 
Not all vets agree with raw diets unfortunately.

Sure if done wrong raw can be bad as bad quality kibble, but done right it's good for the dog.

A diet of only chicken or just beef isn't healthy there will be deficiencies.

Long as you follow guidelines and ask questions it should be fine.

Coarse when dog is new to raw it's good to start slow to be safe deficiencies won't happen that fast if afraid can add a supplement till your confident.


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Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 10:52am PST 
Personally, I would be looking for a vet that *at the very least*, didn't give you a hard time about choosing to feed raw.
My vet doesn't agree with raw feeding nor does she know much about it, but she doesn't give me a hard time about it either. The worst she has done is handed me a lame anti-raw propaganda pamphlet- but she has never insulted me or been rude about my choosing to feed raw. Plus, Farley's health speaks for itself.

Just take your time doing all your research. Learn as much as you can, ask as many questions as you can, and take the dive when you feel ready. There are plenty of support groups online you can network with, too. smile

Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 11:32am PST 
Find a new vet.

Not because of the difference of opinion you two had, but because of how you were treated just bringing it up.

That's not right....shame on them for calling you or even making you feel stupid for being concerned and invested in the health and well-being of your dog.
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Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 3:31pm PST 
Yeah my vet didn't jump for joy when i confessed I started to feed jake a raw diet. She just told me to be careful because some other pet owners had been feeding their dog pre-made raw and that dog went into renal failure. But again i don't think that was just about the dogs food. She was calmer once i told her i fed him store food that I myself could cook and eat. She still told me to be careful.

I didn't bring up that jake was raw fed until i asked about his wellness exam results. And jake was perfectly healthy. WE'll see in December when I go back how he is but i'm sure he'll be healthy.

I'd find a new vet if this one made you feel stupid or didn't listen to your opinions. I never brought up dogster when i mentioned he was fed raw. I told my vet the honest truth. THere had already been two health scares with dog food and I lost a pet to that china debockle a few years ago. I had to watch my Cat die. And i wasn't about to go through that with Jake. And she said she understood my concerns and to just monitor jake for signs of bacterial overdose. i guess or something like that. But jake's fine. He plays and is healthy.

I've gotten more hastle from friends, family and coworkers who find it gross then my vet. shock

Do I hear- someone in the- kitchen!?
Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 2:18pm PST 
My vet used the threat of e.coli to try and deter a raw diet. I just bit my tongue, but was thinking that my dogs probably had a greater chance of ingesting e.coli from lettuce at the supermarket than from the meat they eat.
Later on in the appointment when were were discussing my dogs allergies, she mentioned to me that it sounded like I had done a lot of reading up on allergies, and I probably knew more than her. I had wanted to tell her that I know I've done more research on a dog's diet than she ever has...but it just wasn't the time and place for an argument.
For those that disagree with the way I feed my dog, often citing the 'store bought kibble' has always kept their dogs healthy...I just say that the day when I see a pack of dogs grazing in a field, I'll reconsider what I'm feeding. thinking

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Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 4:15pm PST 
....I'd be finding a new vet whether or not I fed raw. I would not put up with that kind of attitude. Just my opinion. My other opinion is that everyone should do their own research and not blindly believe everything they are told, so kudos to you for doing so. hamster dance

...ummm, hate to say this, but Twister and Echo loove to graze on grass! Like constantly...but they are weird. blue dog

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Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 11:18pm PST 
Yeah, vets not liking raw is not terribly uncommon.

I like my vet but nutrition was not brought up in my last visit so I never had the opportunity to have a discussion about it. I was fully prepared too, with printouts, data sheets, scientific studies, nutritional analyses of what I feed and several commercial foods... So when the topic wasn't brought up, I was greatly disappointed. I didn't want to be the one who brought it up though, so I didn't.

I would find a new vet, not because of the disagreements in feeding, but with how you were treated. You should be able to have a good relationship with a vet that does not include ridiculing you for suggesting a different type of feeding.

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Barked: Mon Apr 23, '12 12:13pm PST 
I agree with everyone else on this, I wouldn't stand to be treated like that and would want to see a different vet. If others say they're really good vets and stuff perhaps you could just take them there with things that couldnt possibly be diet related. I have two vets for my rats - one to go to when its a minor thing and I just need a little Baytril or something, and the other to go to when I need someone who ACTUALLY knows what shes doing (shes like the freakin rat lady, damn she's amazing).

I'm taking Zack to get weighed tomorrow so I expect his diet will come up, my partner doesn't want to go with me cause he knows the vet and I are just gonna butt heads the whole time lmao.
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