The dictatorship of veterinary feed. Bust the myth.

If you’ve been around for a while, you already know what I think about feed (croquettes, pellets, concentrate, whatever you want to call it) and if you’re new, you’ve come to the right article for you to understand.

What you are going to read is not my opinion, it is the opinion of a good friend, Gorka Fernández, director of “Naku, real food”but it matches 100% with mine.

Here it is:

“This month I bring you a real case. Very closely.

The dog of a person from Naku’s team has been diagnosed by her veterinarian with the onset of kidney failure.

This means that your dog’s kidney may soon start to stop working properly.

“And now, what do I do, Gorka?”

This person knows that dry and ultra-processed food such as feed damages the kidney. That forces him to work more due to the lack of humidity and, in addition, his nutritional quality is worse.

However, his veterinarian’s recommendation is firm: “From now on, he has to eat veterinary prescription feed for kidney problems.”

I am Gorka Fernández, project manager Naku Real Food and the Zaunk Veterinary Center, and this month I come to break the myth:

The dictatorship of veterinary feed.

Thousands of dogs and cats are found in this situation every day in Spain.

Isn’t it an inconsistency that, to treat a kidney problem, foods are prescribed that are precisely detrimental to its proper functioning?

I go further.

Why are veterinary clinics recommending dogs and cats healthy that they eat daily a type of diet that has been shown to cause obesity in 70% of dogs in the long run?

How can you imagine that an animal has to eat a highly processed diet every day and, on top of that, it is recommended by its own GP?

Wouldn’t it be more logical for the vet to first inform the patient of the different types of food that exist (feed, cans, BARF, dehydrated, homemade…)?

Why are we not given the option to CHOOSE what is the best diet for our dogs and cats?

I’ll tell you how the system works:

Already in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, animal health professionals learn about nutrition from the feed brands themselves.

(As to whether the training they receive is sufficient for the problem that exists today, we better talk at another time, which will take a long time).

In other words, the training that veterinarians receive is given by very popular feed brands, which we all know.

If you don’t believe me here you can see me debating on TVE2 with Roberto Elices, veterinarian and professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid, and Pep Merchán, Royal Canin veterinary delegate.

Veterinarians are not evil beings who only want to sell.

They are professionals who, according to their knowledge, advise us as best they know and can.

And, fortunately, they are increasingly aware of the importance of a proper diet, as natural and healthy as possible.

But feed brands are still closely linked to the academic world and, therefore, to health professionals.

Just like with brand name drugs.

It is vitally important for our dogs and cats to break these ties now.

We cannot continue to prescribe foods that have been subjected to processes as invasive as extrusion and treated at temperatures that destroy the natural properties of the ingredients.

And we must stop selling it as a treatment for health problems, often caused by years of eating those same “foods”.

We demand intensive training parallel to the feed industry for our veterinarians.

It is urgent that these professionals leave the faculty with more and better knowledge about nutrition. Alternatives to those offered by feed brands.

So you can change the paradigm.

So that dogs and cats can exercise their right to decide what to eat, advised by their trusted doctor.

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