Dog food via vet

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Posted 9th Sep
Hello,
My dog has suffered from pancreatitis and has been on medication and vets visits for the last 3 weeks. They have advised to put my dog on Hills Prescription Diet ID Low Fat Dry Food however my insurance has refused to cover it even though it will be on a prescription. I’ve looked at the prices and I’m shocked. His usually food is Wagg about £9 for a large bag. The question is, is the prescription dog food really any different and is it worth the huge price tag?
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By feeding your dog Wagg you are feeding the lowest of the low, would you be happy eating Tesco value food everyday?
Yes, there is a difference in the kind of food prescribed by a vet for medical reasons and a bag of Wagg that is full of all kinds of filler. Things like Wagg are cheap for a reason.
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Yes, there is a difference in the kind of food prescribed by a vet for medical reasons and a bag of Wagg that is full of all kinds of filler. Things like Wagg are cheap for a reason.
Going through exactly the same, unfortunately if our dog eats anything other than the Low Fat food it get ill again within a few days.

We have settle with a mix of the dry and wet, its the most cost effective.

Still more expensive than it was previously, but if you drop on offers from places like fetch and other online retailer you can save a little.
jimhuf09/09/2020 10:06

Going through exactly the same, unfortunately if our dog eats anything …Going through exactly the same, unfortunately if our dog eats anything other than the Low Fat food it get ill again within a few days. We have settle with a mix of the dry and wet, its the most cost effective. Still more expensive than it was previously, but if you drop on offers from places like fetch and other online retailer you can save a little.


He has been slowly getting back to his normal food with no issues. I am waiting for his latest blood results but the price tag of the vet food is worrying me, specially when they say mim of 6 months. He’s been on standard dog food for 6 years with no issues.
Haircut_10009/09/2020 10:06

Yes, there is a difference in the kind of food prescribed by a vet for …Yes, there is a difference in the kind of food prescribed by a vet for medical reasons and a bag of Wagg that is full of all kinds of filler. Things like Wagg are cheap for a reason.


I agree with this, at the same time also worth remembering that vets swap suppliers based on contracts so worth doing your homework and see if there are other brands which offer the same.
Sc4mp009/09/2020 10:45

I agree with this, at the same time also worth remembering that vets swap …I agree with this, at the same time also worth remembering that vets swap suppliers based on contracts so worth doing your homework and see if there are other brands which offer the same.


I’ve been googling low fat dog food and it seems to be any dry dog food is safe. I’m so confused and don’t won’t to be hooked into expensive food for no reason other than commission or sale targets
buy the food online instead of from the vet. it will be cheaper. insurance policies will not cover food as it is not medicine. it is nutrition recommended for the dog in recovery.
ndyanem09/09/2020 10:08

He has been slowly getting back to his normal food with no issues. I am …He has been slowly getting back to his normal food with no issues. I am waiting for his latest blood results but the price tag of the vet food is worrying me, specially when they say mim of 6 months. He’s been on standard dog food for 6 years with no issues.


But it could be that now your dog needs a certain ratio of macronutrients for their health. He might have been eating standard dog food for the past 6 years with no issues but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best thing for their health right now and indeed what you've been feeding him (and the amount of food) could actually have contributed to his pancreatitis, which can be caused by obesity, high fat diets, and toxins. I don't think that your vet is just recommending a more suitable brand of food just to hit sales targets.

The best thing you can do is to try and source this dog food, or a similar special nutritional dog food, yourself which may work out cheaper than buying it from the vet. But don't just ignore what the vet is saying and go back to the Wagg, you could really be messing with his long term health by doing that if what he needs right now is a more specialist diet.
By feeding your dog Wagg you are feeding the lowest of the low, would you be happy eating Tesco value food everyday?
pinkleponkle09/09/2020 11:50

By feeding your dog Wagg you are feeding the lowest of the low, would you …By feeding your dog Wagg you are feeding the lowest of the low, would you be happy eating Tesco value food everyday?


This. Imagine the following scenario:

Doctor - "Well it looks like you are suffering from high blood pressure and your gall bladder is inflamed, plus you also have a vitamin deficiency. We'll need to see about recommending you a low fat diet high in fresh vegetables"

Patient - "That's great and all, thanks, but I'm just going to go back to eating a Tesco Value pepperoni pizza every single day for dinner because it's cheaper".
ndyanem09/09/2020 10:47

I’ve been googling low fat dog food and it seems to be any dry dog food is …I’ve been googling low fat dog food and it seems to be any dry dog food is safe. I’m so confused and don’t won’t to be hooked into expensive food for no reason other than commission or sale targets


I can't speak for dogs, although I imagine it's the same, but you can definitely see the difference in cats whether it's their behaviour, fur etc when they eat low quality food compared to high quality food so it's is worth it and not a trap.
I would like to say some of your comments are not helpful. My dog is fed a mixed bowl of dry, fruit and veg so diet is very balanced.
I’ve spoken to the vet and my dog is recovering and no longer needs medication.
The vet advised any type of low fat food but said what he has been having is absolutely fine and hasnt caused him any harm and will be fine on it.
I will now be looking at alternative low fat food but won’t be looking at the high priced one initially mentioned
ndyanem09/09/2020 12:44

I would like to say some of your comments are not helpful. My dog is fed a …I would like to say some of your comments are not helpful. My dog is fed a mixed bowl of dry, fruit and veg so diet is very balanced. I’ve spoken to the vet and my dog is recovering and no longer needs medication. The vet advised any type of low fat food but said what he has been having is absolutely fine and hasnt caused him any harm and will be fine on it. I will now be looking at alternative low fat food but won’t be looking at the high priced one initially mentioned


I think people have been helpful based upon your original statement (vet advised to put on Hill's) and your original question (is it worth the extra compared to Wagg).

You've now changed what you say the vet has advised but at least have accepted that an alternative to Wagg is required (which is what most responses have stated).
AC-ZEP-GEN-DC09/09/2020 14:12

I think people have been helpful based upon your original statement (vet …I think people have been helpful based upon your original statement (vet advised to put on Hill's) and your original question (is it worth the extra compared to Wagg).You've now changed what you say the vet has advised but at least have accepted that an alternative to Wagg is required (which is what most responses have stated).


I have changed as I had the phone call with the results from the vet.
They advised an alternative not stated it is required.
This link will take you a site where you can look up dog foods of all the manufacturers in the UK...
allaboutdogfood.co.uk
fleurdecosse09/09/2020 14:54

This link will take you a site where you can look up dog foods of all the …This link will take you a site where you can look up dog foods of all the manufacturers in the UK...https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk


Sorry posted my view just after yours, I think the websites are of the same opinion.
That's fine more info
ncd09/09/2020 15:32

Sorry posted my view just after yours, I think the websites are of the …Sorry posted my view just after yours, I think the websites are of the same opinion.

ncd09/09/2020 15:30

I'm probably going to get flamed here, but Vets are a business and strange …I'm probably going to get flamed here, but Vets are a business and strange that they always recommend Hill's food which they just happen to sell at a very marked up price.doglistener.co.uk/dog-food-review-royal-canin-hills-and-burns


Thank you for this. I’ve purchased Arden Grange as I found it on clearance. So will see how he goes on that
If you’re dog needs special vet food for his health, don’t buy directly from the vet. Most quality stores sell the same products for the same conditions but cheaper
dorey6909/09/2020 18:09

If you’re dog needs special vet food for his health, don’t buy directly fro …If you’re dog needs special vet food for his health, don’t buy directly from the vet. Most quality stores sell the same products for the same conditions but cheaper


Yep visited pets at home Arden Grange was in the clearance section due to having short life. Only £9 much cheaper than over £50
Haircut_10009/09/2020 12:02

This. Imagine the following scenario:Doctor - "Well it looks like you are …This. Imagine the following scenario:Doctor - "Well it looks like you are suffering from high blood pressure and your gall bladder is inflamed, plus you also have a vitamin deficiency. We'll need to see about recommending you a low fat diet high in fresh vegetables"Patient - "That's great and all, thanks, but I'm just going to go back to eating a Tesco Value pepperoni pizza every single day for dinner because it's cheaper".


Spot on. You shouldn’t have a dog and not budget decent quality food. You wouldn’t( or at least shouldn’t) do it to your child so why would you for a dog?
tom2kadd109/09/2020 18:43

Spot on. You shouldn’t have a dog and not budget decent quality food. You w …Spot on. You shouldn’t have a dog and not budget decent quality food. You wouldn’t( or at least shouldn’t) do it to your child so why would you for a dog?


He does have a balanced diet of dog food, fruit and veg. The vet said Wagg was not the course and is still fine for him
wagg all the way
kevlfc09/09/2020 23:55

wagg all the way


All the way to an early grave at the end of the garden sadly...............
AC-ZEP-GEN-DC10/09/2020 21:54

All the way to an early grave at the end of the garden … All the way to an early grave at the end of the garden sadly...............


Not according to the vets
ndyanem10/09/2020 22:15

Not according to the vets


Are the vets saying its a good dog food? It's not good and basically just keeps them alive, look at the ingredients in it.
Deen_Gray12/09/2020 17:23

Are the vets saying its a good dog food? It's not good and basically just …Are the vets saying its a good dog food? It's not good and basically just keeps them alive, look at the ingredients in it.


Well he can go back on it and any food will always have a problem. Even raw diet does
ndyanem12/09/2020 18:12

Well he can go back on it and any food will always have a problem. Even …Well he can go back on it and any food will always have a problem. Even raw diet does


Oh well never mind, shame really.
Deen_Gray12/09/2020 18:18

Oh well never mind, shame really.


What’s a shame people feeding there dogs food? Balanced diet is absolutely fine
The whole petfood/vet industry is corrupt. They make the junk that makes them ill so the vets can charge ridiculous fees, then to top it off the food companies have a miraculous product. Vet training schools are even sponsored by the food industry. If you really want a healthy pet it takes effort to create a raw diet that replicates the natural diet. Pretty much the same as humans really
ndyanem12/09/2020 18:24

What’s a shame people feeding there dogs food? Balanced diet is absolutely …What’s a shame people feeding there dogs food? Balanced diet is absolutely fine


Wow that's quite a leap from you there!
ndyanem12/09/2020 18:24

What’s a shame people feeding there dogs food? Balanced diet is absolutely …What’s a shame people feeding there dogs food? Balanced diet is absolutely fine


Wagg is not adequate to be classed as part of a balanced diet. It's nutritional value is ridiculously low. The Arden Grange one you mentioned at a low price appears to be a much better choice for that price band. allaboutdogfood.co.uk confirms why Wagg is so poor.
AC-ZEP-GEN-DC12/09/2020 18:49

Wagg is not adequate to be classed as part of a balanced diet. It's …Wagg is not adequate to be classed as part of a balanced diet. It's nutritional value is ridiculously low. The Arden Grange one you mentioned at a low price appears to be a much better choice for that price band. www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk confirms why Wagg is so poor.


Fruit and veg ?
Deen_Gray12/09/2020 18:42

Wow that's quite a leap from you there!


How is it. My dog had biscuits , meat, veg and fruit this is balanced
You keep changing your responses. First you feed Wagg. Then Wagg and fruit / veg. Now it's Wagg, fruit/veg and meat. The common denominator that is not adequate (given this was your original question that we are responding to) is Wagg.

Have you bothered to read the allaboutdogfood website?
AC-ZEP-GEN-DC12/09/2020 19:08

You keep changing your responses. First you feed Wagg. Then Wagg and fruit …You keep changing your responses. First you feed Wagg. Then Wagg and fruit / veg. Now it's Wagg, fruit/veg and meat. The common denominator that is not adequate (given this was your original question that we are responding to) is Wagg.Have you bothered to read the allaboutdogfood website?


Yes I have read it. All I’m saying is balanced consists of not just biscuits but a mixture of things. And what ever food you provide will always have a negative
AC-ZEP-GEN-DC12/09/2020 19:08

You keep changing your responses. First you feed Wagg. Then Wagg and fruit …You keep changing your responses. First you feed Wagg. Then Wagg and fruit / veg. Now it's Wagg, fruit/veg and meat. The common denominator that is not adequate (given this was your original question that we are responding to) is Wagg.Have you bothered to read the allaboutdogfood website?


This is what makes me think they're making it up as they go along to justify buying really crap dog food. You can buy good quality affordable dog food quite easily that doesn't need to come from a vet. If they looked at the good stuff on allaboutdogfood then they'd see! No excuse for giving your dog crap food!
Deen_Gray12/09/2020 19:35

This is what makes me think they're making it up as they go along to …This is what makes me think they're making it up as they go along to justify buying really crap dog food. You can buy good quality affordable dog food quite easily that doesn't need to come from a vet. If they looked at the good stuff on allaboutdogfood then they'd see! No excuse for giving your dog crap food!


It’s not crap that’s your opinion
Yes it is but you can find it cheaper online when the in-laws rotty was put on a special diet they got the first bag of the vets, I Then googled it and found it cheaper online .. think the site was zooplus they got it from in the end.
Azwipe12/09/2020 18:29

The whole petfood/vet industry is corrupt. They make the junk that makes …The whole petfood/vet industry is corrupt. They make the junk that makes them ill so the vets can charge ridiculous fees, then to top it off the food companies have a miraculous product. Vet training schools are even sponsored by the food industry. If you really want a healthy pet it takes effort to create a raw diet that replicates the natural diet. Pretty much the same as humans really


'Vet training schools are even sponsored by the food industry' - care to expand?
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