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How can people be so ignorant about dogs and dog health and nutrition?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by davidwarner, May 12, 2010.


  1. davidwarner

    davidwarner PetForums Newbie

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    Okay so my parents stop by the other night and we tell them about our dogs new food....California naturals...

    And they looked at us and asked "Oh your not feeding beneful...we told you to try beneful"

    And I replied beneful is not a good food, especially for one that has had the problems that one of ours has

    And we explained by getting the better quality food that you pay more upfront but in the long run it costs less because they eat less of it because its more filling

    And they were like your dogs are getting the amount of food they need and were like no they are its healthy more filling food.

    And we weren't trying to sell them on it or anything but they are like well our dog is very picky and will only eat beneful she even picks out the colors she doesn't like....

    I'm like thats great but this is what we do


    Now my parents think they are well to do and maybe they have a huge house and a status symbol dog...as in a bred down designer poodle....Tiny toy poodle and this dog has had problems..

    And they were telling us that she was at the vet for some reason or another and the vet told them her liver levels were high and that she recommends running some tests on her and they told us that since they weren't that high they were just going to put it off for awhile and they think she will get better....

    How naieve can you be?

    Ofcourse these are also the people who think my one dog is sickly because he has allergies and doesn't want anything to do with our other dog because she is "A Big Dog" (yeah a 20 pound big scary dog) and a mutt

    I love that dog and I want to tell them to wake up and and realize that what they are doing isn't best for this dog...after all she was mine at one point when I lived at home...and tell them how to take care of her (I was the primary care giver of the dogs growing up..they just paid for everything) They don't know what they are doing and I hesitate to say it but maybe they do just consider her an accesory or status symbol but I just wish they would listen

    Anybody know where I'm coming from...I just feel for the dog and get so upset trying to explain why we do what we do...

    Sometimes they ask for advice but when we give it they shoot it down...

    Can I get some support and advice on this...I guess I just need to step back and realize she isn't my dog anymore.
     
  2. rona

    rona Guest

    I'm not sure how things are where you are, but anyone here who doesn't get veterinary care for their dog when they know it's needed can be prosecuted
    Could you offer to take and pay for the dog yourself?
     
  3. Blitz

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    As far as feeding goes, I feed what is available, what suits my pocket and what suits the dog - probably in that order. Most dogs are fed on the cheaper foods and do very well, if you have one that doesn't do so well then think again.

    As far as the veterinary side goes, you would need to ask the vet. I would be exactly the same as your parents probably. If something showed up like that my vets would probably suggest they could do further tests but if the dog was healthy I wouldn't bother and the vets would be fine with that. If the dog is ill and it is something serious then it could be a different matter. Problem is there are so many tests you can do nowadays but most of them are not really needed so it is up to you parents in conjunction with their vet to decide if they want to spend money on something that would be nice to have but not essential.
     
  4. Blitz

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    rona, I am not sure that is really applicable here. The dog was at the vet, the vet will know if further tests are essential to the dog's well being or just something that would be useful to monitor. My vet will frequently suggest something like that but very much with the attitude that it is there if I want to fuss but not really expecting me to agree. Trouble is ,though they are right to offer it and let the owner know what is available, it does make some owners feel guilty and spend a lot of money when they didnt need to.
     
  5. katiefranke

    katiefranke PetForums VIP

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    My parents are not like this but a number of people I know are...I feed my animals on a completely raw diet as I feel this is what I want to feed them and it is the best thing for my animals. I know other people may not feel this way, so fair enough I will not push it on them, but then they tell me I should be feeding 'xyz' to my animals, which I completely disagree with and I wish they would keep their opinions to themselves!

    I find the best thing to do is avoid these kinds of conversations with the people who I know will start on about it.

    I know it must be hard for you if you used to look after this little dog, but if it is your parents dog then you can only do what you have done and it is up to them at the end of the day.

    Personally I would get the tests done - my dog is insured, this is why I insure her so that I can afford to have anything done that I need without having to worry. If the test are important and the dog is ill, then yes they should get them done, but there isnt really a lot you can do I guess? However, maybe to put your own mind at rest you could ask them exactly what the vet said about these tests...?
     
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