I don't mean to start a heated debate, but I recently went to the vet for a checkup and my vet seems to think that grain-free is a fad.
I disagree with your vet that it's a fad. People are becoming increasingly concerned and knowledgeable about human nutrition, so it follows logically that we would become more concerned about pet nutrition too. It wouldn't make sense to assume that what we put into our pets' bodies doesn't matter, when we know what we put into our own
bodies greatly affects our health.
It would actually require a pretty huge mental disconnect to assume our pets' diets don't affect their wellness and longevity, when we know what humans eat affects ours.
I know that feeding my cats a good diet won't protect them from every illness. It may not prolong their lives. Genetics will probably win out in the end. But I see absolutely no logic in not even trying
, when the potential benefits seem so clear.
How do you guys deal with differences of opinion with your vet? Do you openly challenge him/her? Hopefully I can slowly get her weight back down.
I thank him or her for his/her opinion, and say I will give it some thought. Which, honestly, I will do - sometimes I'm
the one who ends up with my mind changed.
I don't make it into an argument. But at the same time, I remind myself that I am the one responsible for my pets, not the vet. The vet is there to give advice, resources, and medical assistance, but I'm the one who ultimately has to decide what is best for them, because I agreed to take on those decisions when I adopted them.
Ultimately, no one else knows my pets better than I do, not even a vet.
For the weight issue you mentioned, I really think portion control is going to be the way to go, not switching to a lower quality diet.