Veterinarians are not nutritionists?

This is a complex problem that is guaranteed to offend some people. Especially for those involved in the veterinary profession. However, the harsh reality must be discussed. Should people trust the nutritional advice given by their veterinarians? The myth "All vets = nutritionists."
This myth is quite false. Of course, the role of veterinarians in the life of our pets is difficult to underestimate. But there are several aspects that lie beyond their competencies (provided that the veterinarian is not a specialist in nutrition, that is, a veterinary nutritionist!).
Namely:
a) sale of animal feed
b) power management/regulation
Veterinarians receive very little training on nutrition and nutrition. The direction of training in these disciplines is often lobbied by companies involved in pet food. Their nutritional and nutritional training comes from the misconception that dogs are omnivorous (see the All-Absorbing Myth), and can be safely contained on a diet based on grains, even though there are scientific studies Prove that dogs and cats do not have a developed need for carbohydrates and fiber (see Carbohydrates myth).
That's right: dogs and cats do not need carbohydrates, which make up the bulk of the finished industrial rations. Perhaps that is why pets today are weak and suffer from various diseases associated with carbohydrate-rich foods (cancer, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, hyperactivity, seizures, etc.).
Veterinarians are consistently associated with the commercial food industry. They protect and even sell commercial products, generating significant revenue and returns. For example, Colgate-Palmolive, Hill’s Science Diete industrial diet company, invests “hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in funding university research and nutrition courses at each of the 27 US veterinary colleges. In practice, veterinarians who sell Hill's Science Diet and other premium-class products directly make up to 40% of their profits ”(Parker-Pope, T. 1997. For You, My Pet. The Wall Street Journal. 3 November 1997. In Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones. P266).
A tour of veterinary hospitals or veterinary clinics shows equipment, products and posters sponsored and supported by commercial products and pharmaceutical companies. In fact, veterinarians pay for pet food and pharmaceutical companies and are unlikely to offer the right nutritional advice. They directly violate the oath and creed, which they vowed to uphold: "Do no harm at first." Despite this oath, they contribute to food products that are detrimental to animal health, promoting a product that will damage their patients and ensure the return of customers and a source of income. But remember: this is largely due to the great lack of education, which depends on university policy! The university offers only commercial dogma for pets; these are higher education institutions where people need to think critically and analyze things analytically, but in fact they are told what to think, they close their common sense and ignore the overwhelming amount of evidence against commercial pet food. Here is one excellent example of links between veterinary universities and veterinarians themselves with the food industry:
Moscow State University Prize “Topeka, Kahn. - The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Michigan (MSU) recently presented the 2004 Partnership's Award to Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. “The award recognizes the working relationship between MSU and Hill.
“Hill’s provides financial and educational support to almost every veterinary college in North America, as well as veterans enrolled in these institutions. This commitment to the profession includes Hill’s sponsored curriculum, residency, and teacher education programs in veterinary schools and training hospitals throughout the world. “Hill reacts incredibly to the fact that all students or teachers ask about them,” said Dr. Lonnie King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Moscow State University. “Their continued support, generosity and cooperation in advancing the college’s mission are recognized as a vital part of our veterinary medicine program.”
“Hill’s has demonstrated its commitment to partnering with MSU by supporting many student groups and student activities, covering student expenses for participation in the SCAVMA symposium, providing students with the Small Animal textbook and other various handouts, providing work for student representatives, and supporting a banquet of awards for older people who have completed the program. " - DVM News Magazine, August 2004
How should veterinarians be educated on proper nutritional practices when the institutions from which they receive their training are in bed with companies involved in pet food? For an example of what happens on nutrition courses at a veterinary school, read the article “Comments on Veterans of the First Year Veterans” in the Raw Meaty Bones newsletter on April 13, 2004 (inaccuracies in translation are possible - ed.). Another example of an animal feed / veterinary alliances company, visit Purina.com and see other Purins alliances.
Simply put, veterinarians are not educated in proper nutrition; Only recently (in the last few decades) have pet owners started looking for their vets on dieting issues. Interestingly, this corresponded to an increase in commercial products. Before the advent of commercial products, people did not ask for nutritional recommendations from their vets! Only after commercial products appeared, veterinarians needed additional nutrition training, and earlier veterinarians recommended feeding fresh food to pets. Veterinarians today cite nutritional deficiencies that they see in their clinics as proof that raw diets are “bad”, but if you go deeper, these deficiencies usually arise from home-cooked diets or incorrectly worded BARF diets, and not when receiving a model diet (a type of food that can be found in animals in nature!). The interesting thing is that at first they can give you advice to prepare food for your dog, which will lead to imbalance due to the wrong approach to the preparation of diets. And then they use this “proof” to “prove” that homemade diets are bad for your pets. Or they can tell you that “science” has shown that raw diets are not suitable for our pets. Ask them: “What“ science ”? Click on them for an answer, and what they tell you is likely to be nothing more than propaganda of pet food, about salmonella poisoning in domestic animals (without documents from HEALTHY animals) or "authoritative research" conducted by companies for the production of pet food. Almost all of these studies are not documented, "anecdotal" evidence or evidence that does not apply to raw diets. For example, they will lead that all meat diets create serious calcium deficiencies. It's true. But a proper raw diet is not all meat. Proper raw diet is a wonderful combination of meat, bones and organs from different sources.
Most veterinarians are highly qualified specialists; however, their qualifications are surgical intervention, traditional disease diagnostics and treatment, as well as prescribing conventional medications rather than nutrition (although holistic veterinarians are more aware of the importance of fresh raw foods for maintaining animal health and also recognize alternative therapy). In addition, veterinarians should respect the wishes of their clients to feed animals with natural food, and not beat them with pet food promotion (also known as “nutritional advice”) every time they come. Veterinarians and pet owners should remember that veterinarians are consultants. The pet owner consults with the veterinarian when the pet has a particular problem or need. The pet owner pays the veterinary wage; the vet works for them. The client is fully entitled to refuse treatment or ask that everything be different. In addition, the client fully supports his rights to feed his dog with a diet different from that recommended by the veterinarian, and the client has the right to ignore the "veterinary council." For a veterinarian, scaring a client to force him to feed his dog in a certain way or blame the diet for all possible diseases is unacceptable and shows a lack of professionalism.
Even more unacceptable (downright disgusting!) Is a veterinarian who refuses services because the client does not feed with a diet that the vet recommends, as is the case at an emergency room clinic in the Gulf of California. In the summer of 2005, a man brought his dog to an emergency clinic with suspected bloating (bloating is not only possible genetically and is related to food, but may also be related to a vaccine), and the attending veterinarian began to mock her choice of feeding raw foods, instead of normally examining the dog. The client asked another vet to avoid confrontation and to receive an objective medical report; this second vet continued to thoroughly check the dog (as the first one should have done), and came to his diagnosis (and it was not bloated, it was enteritis, which is not a diet). A few days later, the client received a letter from the clinic saying that she was no longer welcome as a client because she was reluctant to follow the advice of the first veterinarian regarding a raw diet. For the URGENT Response Clinic, which acts in this way, it is tantamount to cruelty to animals; their decision punishes the dog (which is innocent and has no voice in all this) for the choice that its owner has made to feed with fresh food. This is like refusing to treat a person for cancer or a heart attack, because they ate processed foods instead of fresh whole foods, such as recommended doctors (note the irony that fresh whole foods are recommended for people) is the exact opposite. that is recommended for our pets.)! This is an unacceptable act of cruelty to animals, and a direct denial of the denominations of the faith should be supported.
Pet owners, you have every right to demand that your veterinarian make your decision to feed on a raw diet. Report that your pet's diet is not negotiable. Unsolicited nutritional advice is not welcome, and this is not necessary, since you pay for veterinary opinion, not for food. Keep in mind that veterinarians were advised to inform their clients about the benefits and risks of various dietary methods. But given that feeding fresh raw foods to pets is not enrolled in a veterinary school, their knowledge in this area will be very minimal and most likely will be limited to negative aspects of raw diets (most of which are half-truths and myths, and are considered on these pages of the myth ). After all, whenever raw foods research is published in sources like the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, negative aspects (such as bacteria) are all that are being studied (and not very well, I might add) . Research begins with a clear bias, which is manifested in how they are structured in addition to the topic they are studying, and rarely include science, which must include rigorous methods that can be repeated, large sample sizes and hypotheses.
Veterinarians: please respect the rights of your clients. Follow their wishes to feed your dog a raw diet, and they will respect your skills as a trained professional. Be open to their choice, and not discourage. When it comes to pet's well-being, you must be one of the strongest allies, not one of their toughest enemies, especially because you have valuable knowledge and skills in emergency situations.