ARE YOU OVERPAYING FOR PRESCRIPTION DOG FOOD? 1

ARE YOU OVERPAYING FOR PRESCRIPTION DOG FOOD?

The value of "prescription" dog food is a hot topic these days. One reason is that prescription dog foods make powerful health claims but can be made with many of the same ingredients found in inexpensive grocery store dog food. Is it worth paying more for cheap ingredients?

Here is an example that someone on the COAST+RANGE team found that demonstrates this debate:

Below are the top 10 ingredients for two different brands of dog food made by one of the big 5 pet food companies. They look almost identical and both use really low-quality ingredients.

But brand A is a “prescription” dog food that costs $2.78 a pound and Brand B (with nearly identical ingredients) costs $1.20 a pound. Furthermore, the low protein levels and high levels of carbs cause us to question whether this is a quality food for your dog.


WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
Pet food companies manufacturing “prescription” dog food should be required to run clinical trials to prove their food is helping our pets live longer, healthier lives. Until then we will continue to question the benefit of these expensive dog foods using similar ingredients as grocery store brands.

1 comment

Aug 21, 2018 • Posted by Sue Ellen

I have a two year old morkie that has an inoperable liver shunt. I have tried to find a good quality diet for him with low protein but keep having issues with him showing signs of neurological distress. I am left to use hills science diet L/d for liver care, and supplement with fresh veggies fruit and rice which he likes but for protein the only thing I can find that he can tolerate without issue is the can food. Do you have an option for my needs?

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