Where do you buy your pet's special food?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

My Diabetic Cat is on GrainFree Wellness Brand, which I buy a Bosley’s (local pet shop). Costs $2.65 canadian per 12oz Can.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@candy11:  is your cat on canned food?  you do not need to feed it the expensive food from your vet  And especially not dry food with a recurring UTI

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I found a limited ingredient grain-free food for our dog that works better for her than the prescription stuff.  We get it at a local pet store or Amazon.  🙂

They make cat food, too – it’s Natural Balance.  It’s not cheap, but it’s solved her allergies and everything else.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Genuine51.  Have you tried the fancy feast pâtés?   They are good too for a diabetic cat but it must be the Pâtés only.    I had a diabetic cat as well and fed her both, the fancy feast is cheaper but just as good.   

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Your cat shuld not be on dry food. I am against RX diets because, like the pharma community for humans, vets make a profit off of the food they sell, not necessarily because it’s the best option out there. “science diet” is actually one of the worst offenders! Find a good quality canned food- no grain. Your cat may have some diarrhea in the transition but it’ll be better in the long run!  I don’t know what you’re paying now but you can get a good quality canned food for about $1.30-$1.50 per 5.5 oz can. My cat doesn’t have UTI problems but I feed him EVO and Merrick’s Purrfect Bistro, sometimes Blue because he loves it and he’s spoiled but it’s more expensive.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

As other’s have said get your cat off dry food it will make a world of differance. I had no idea dry food was so bad until my cat turned diabetic now she is strickly on grainfree canned food.

@RockStar33:  I did look at the Fancy Feast when I was initally choosing a new food for her, I spent a long time comparing all the available foods. I did choose the Wellness over the Fancy Feast as I preferred the ingredient list and the price actually isn’t too bad, works out to about a $1.75 a day for food.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@candy11:  my dog has urinary problems that cause crystals to build up which is dangerous. she’s on the royal canin urinary S/O rx diet. there’s a store nearby that sells rx food and our vet also has a store next door where we can buy it. it’s expensive but we’ve tried other food that you can buy at pet stores (for urinary issues) and the crystals built up again. i’m sure there are lots of pets who don’t need the rx diet but there are just as many who do. if your cat is having urinary problems, i would keep him on his rx diet. see if you can find it online. if you notice, none of the PP’s are dealing with urinary issues with their pets so i think their advice is not so good. it’s different than being diabetic and having allergies.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@calibee79:  ummmm pardon me

ive dealt with many UTIs of cats….. My own cat and I used to work at the vets.   For your info, Diabetes and UTIs go hand in hand in most cats.   Allergies also weaken their immune system and they can be more succeptible to infections.

What makes your advice better?   do you know diet is the number one cause of UTIs in cats and dogs……  more carbs in their diet cause inflammation which leads to urinary problems.  What are carbs?  sugars, starches, fibers, corn, potatoes etc etc etc…… Which is what dry food is made up of.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@calibee79:  you are contributing to your poor dogs problems by feeding it dry food….. Your vet doesn’t care because he’s making money off gullible people like you

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Genuine513:  wellness is excellent, that was what I mainly fed her.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@RockStar33:  +1  My diabetic had a full blown UTI when she was diagnosed, she was a walking disaster, poor thing. We haven’t had another episode of UTI since I switched over her to wellness.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@RockStar33:  first of all, why are you assuming candy’s cat and my dog are on dry food?? she never said her cat was on dry food. you do know that rx food comes in wet right??  if you worked at a vet, you’d know that. second, you’re not a vet therefore you are not an expert. unless you are this cat’s vet and have examined him, then you should not be telling OP to change the food. her question was where to buy it not what to switch it to. if she wants to switch it, she should discuss it with her vet or get a second opinion but none of the PP’s here should be telling her to switch the food unless you have examined this cat. 

i used to work at a vet too so don’t sit there and call me gullible. i’m not an expert just because i worked at a vet and, unlike you, i don’t pretend to be an expert. my dog got free care when i worked there so they were making no money off of me. they had no incentive to get me to buy rx food because they weren’t making money off of me getting it from them. my dog is on WET rx food. we discussed trying other foods with the vet and he said to go ahead with that. we tried other stuff and her crystals came back and she was getting UTI’s again. the only food that has kept the crystals away is the S/O. we’ve even tried the natural stuff. don’t sit there and say that no pet ever needs rx food because that makes you sound really ignorant. 

 

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@RockStar33:  @calibee79:  you are contributing to your poor dogs problems by feeding it dry food….. Your vet doesn’t care because he’s making money off gullible people like you.


that is a really rude thing to say. who the hell are you to say i’m a bad pet parent? 


btw- i didn’t have advice for candy. she asked where people buy rx food and i answered her. you guys are the ones offering up unsolicited advice. my advice was to not listen to strangers on the internet telling her to switch the food when they know nothing about this cat’s health other than he gets UTI’s. if she wants to switch, she can talk to the vet about it but that’s not even what she was asking. nobody here answered her question except for me. 

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