How to get your dog healthy and safe
How to recognize who to trust and who to avoid
In recent years I have noticed an alarming trend of processed pet food giants buying up veterinary clinics. Slowly but surely, many veterinary facilities have been acquired after their owners received irresistible offers from large companies with very deep pockets.
Unfortunately, instead of focusing on pet health, these new “clinic owners” focus primarily on generating profits and paying their employees as little as possible to improve their bottom line!
These new business owners eventually sell out to even larger multinational corporations that manufacture human food products, processed pet foods, veterinary clinics, medical supplies, drugs, and medical equipment. They are also enthusiastic sponsors of education at veterinary colleges, professional conferences, and organized nutritional research conducted by “not so impartial” experts paid by them.
Like it or not, we live in an era of monopolization of veterinary healthcare, which puts the health and well-being of our beloved pets at risk!
For these multinational corporations to thrive, they must convince you, the consumer, to buy their products and use their services. This is much more difficult when pet lovers are properly educated and understand that medications and processed pet foods are unlikely to provide long-term health for their pets.
This is why I enjoy providing holistic health information, writing articles and creating useful resources such as the Aid for healthy dogs and teach you how to create and feed a raw and natural diet.
Based on the data collected from the Aid for healthy dogs, About half of our community is still feeding kibble. It seems like this is for convenience or cost reasons, and these reasons are valid to some extent. However, the long-term costs of veterinary care and the emotional impact of losing our best friends prematurely far outweigh the savings gained from a bag of kibble.
You can start slowly by taking our Quick and Easy Raw or Cooked Diet course. In any case, you know how to increase the proportion of healthier food for your dog.
The reality is that unless you make the food yourself or the whole pet food is made by a company you trust, your dog’s food will remain “mystery food.” Unfortunately, not every company can be trusted and it requires experience and skills to distinguish the good from the harmful.
Rather than to write negative about other brands I prefer to share information about how my formulas and products differ in formulation, production and the fact that we package in glass and carefully source each ingredient as this is relevant to your dog’s health and wellbeing.
How do you recognize companies that focus on you and your dog instead of their bottom line?
When Volkswagen installed a program that ‘faked’ the levels of harmful emissions in their cars, they were clearly focusing on their profits rather than customers and the environment.
When Boeing decided to make key safety features optional on the 737 Max, it was to keep costs lower (or profits higher); They too could not focus on what was best for passengers and airlines.
Electric car maker Tesla, on the other hand, has focused on making cars that are good for the environment and fun to drive. They understand that to succeed in an unprecedented way, they had to first focus on what customers wanted. The company has even thought about dogs by programming an air conditioning function for dogs!
I would love it if Boeing could learn from Tesla! Do you see the difference between these companies?
If you’re wondering how all this applies to dogs, the answer is here:
10 essential questions to ask when choosing a product or service for your dog.
- Does the company have clear values that it adheres to? Be here us values.
- Is the company’s communication focused on “You and your dog?” Or are they wasting your time by blowing their own horn and using the words “we” and “I” more often than “you”?
- Do they ignore other brands to show how “superior” their products are?
- Do they go out of their way to help you and understand your needs, or do they hide behind “company policy” and focus on their needs instead of yours?
- Are they online? product reviews positive and freely accessible? How do they respond to negative reviews?
- Is their customer service easily accessible, genuinely concerned about you and your dog, and is shipping well organized and streamlined for your convenience?
- Do they focus on the quality of their products and ingredients?
- Is their packaging environmentally friendly or do they use cheap plastic packaging?
- Are they confident in the quality of their product by offering a hassle-free return policy?
- Finally, what does your intuition tell you about them? Does it sound like they care about you and your dog?
Stay tuned for a new piece on the nutritional cycle and how to make sure there isn’t one missing in your dog’s diet. Next week is the day! 🐶
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM