At the Interstate Animal Clinic, we understand the challenge it can be for conscientious pet owners to try to find a quality pet food in the never ending sea of advertisers vying for their pet food dollar. Here are a few tips to help you brave the current and surf to shore like a pro. First, realize that there are many "prescription" style pet foods designed to help with specific pet health needs. We carry a number of products such as diets for dental joint and skin support; seizure patients; sensitive stomachs; heart liver and kidney disease; diabetes; and hypo or non allergenic diets. If your pet would benefit by using a specialized diet, we would love to help you find one that meets their needs, otherwise - we believe that every pet would be well served by staying on a diet to help prevent periodontal and dental disease. If you would prefer a more standardized diet, then we would point out that greater than 90% of all we know about veterinary and pet nutrition has been generated by decades of veterinary nutrition research work sponsored or done by a small handful of companies: Hills/Science Diet; Purina ; Iams/Eukanuba; Waltham/IVD. Most everyone else manufactures products based on someone else's work. One of these companies should be the beginning of your search.
If you are not going to use a product from one of these companies then you should establish two very minimal standards: Look for the manufacturing statement on the label and make sure that the manufacturer is the same as the name of the marketing company. If the two names don't match - move on to another product. Second - buy only products made in the USA. In addition to being patriotic, it should be noted that not every country establishes the same production standards.
We stock and will gladly order any of the Science Diet, Purina Pro Plan and IVD prescription diets for your pet. Please give us a call.