Prescription Diets – Another Veterinary Myth?


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There is content in the following article that comes from Essentially Dogs which is a blog published by Janie Lerner. It is focused on holistic care for dogs and reveals the secrets that the pet industry and many traditional vets keep from pet owners. There are also articles about pet tech, health insurance, and provide important information and resources for dog owners.



So you think that conventional vets are caring for our pets when they prescribe these so-called “prescription diets.” The efficacy of such diets are questionable to say the least. Conventional vets who sell this stuff are making high commissions as our dogs become sicker. Whenever I see those prescription diets on display I know the vet is not doing what’s right. It is a vet’s responsibility to know what he/she is selling.

I have been warning dog owners about these foods for years. Folks, there is a new class action lawsuit!

Hill’s Prescription Diet, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, Royal Canin Veterinary Diet, and Iams Veterinary Formula are being sued on the grounds that their products contain no drugs, medicines or ingredients that would have any significant impact on a pet’s health when compared to any other pet food.

Consumers have been overcharged for this garbage and taken advantage. The lawsuit addresses the misrepresentation and illegal collusion of pet food retailers and manufacturers. All vets are supposed to know what they are selling to pet owners. This is a disgrace! Between the common abuse of vaccines and the multitude of food issues, I feel like pulling my hair out of my head. Most people won’t listen to me (despite all the evidence I provide). Not all vets subscribe to questionable practices, but it is not uncommon in conventional veterinary treatment.

No authentically holistic vet would peddle these products nor would they take advantage of over-vaccinating our dogs. They also avoid commercial kibble and canned food. To read more about vaccinations, check out my articles Are Vaccines Really Safe? and Vets Cash in on Vaccines. I have tons of articles about food.

Vet programs that teach conventional veterinary medicine are supported by most of these manufactures so vets are not taught about species appropriate diets. Poor diet contributes to a vast number of illnesses in our dogs. This is why I write about biologically appropriate raw diets.

Kidney disease is taking over. Diet and over-vaccination are to blame. In conventional veterinary medicine they are way off with treating kidney disease. Those low protein diets are destroying our dogs. You can read Feeding the Kidney Patient: The Low-Protein Diet Myth by Dr. William Falconer who explains this. I could go on and on, but I will spare you.

There is very loose regulation of the pet industry and little or not enforcement. So if these prescription diets are medicinal and address health issues, then why doesn’t the FDA categorize it as medical products? Because they are not medical products! They are categorized as “feed” like any other commercial dog food! There are laws regarding advertising and those laws are not enforced. So why does the FDA allow this if it is illegal? Answer: The FDA has policies that support these companies and their deceptive marketing. Notice the very top of that page which states: “Contains Nonbinding Recommendations.” I don’t know what that’s all about, but it sounds crooked to me. You see, our government agencies (FDA, AAFCO and State Department of Agriculture) along with pet food corporations and lobbyists (not to mention veterinary programs and conventional vets) are all in collusion. In the meantime, our dogs are suffering instead of being treated.

If you were swindled and you would like to participate in the class action lawsuit, you may contact to see if you are eligible. The law firm, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, is partnering with Pope McGlamry and Ward and Smith in a class action suit on behalf of the consumers overcharged due to the misrepresentation and illegal collusion of pet food retailers and manufacturers.


FDA. Guidance for FDA Staff Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 690.150 Labeling and Marketing of Dog
and Cat Food Diets Intended to Diagnose, Cure, Mitigate, Treat, or Prevent Diseases. FDA, Apr. 2016.

“Manual of Compliance Policy Guides.” Manual of Compliance Policy Guides. FDA, 21 Dec. 1988. 17 Dec. 2016.

Thixton, Susan. “Another Pet Food Lawsuit.” Truth about Pet Food. Susan Thixton, 16 Dec. 2016. Web. 17 Dec. 2016.

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Essentially Dogs is an educational resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) veterinary treatment. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements. Please do plenty of research so that you may equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to be an effective advocate for your dog’s well-being.