I think I already responded to a similar post from you . . . I think you're best of letting it lie. My approach is to learn as much as I can so that if it DOES come up, I can state my position clearly and concisely, while making it clear that these are MY animals and *I* will be the one making nutritional decisions for them. The best way, though, is the old "proof in the pudding" thing. Every time I'm in my vet comments on my animals' sparkling teeth. I've only been seeing him a year (it took me a while--well, 6 years--to find a vet I really liked after I moved, so I was still driving way into town for a while to my old vet), and when he first saw Rachel (dog), he said, when he looked at her teeth, "Oh, she's just a youngster--less than a year old?" "Uh, no," I said. "She's 4." "Oh, wow," he said. When he again commented on Sam's (dog) teeth, I said casually, "Well, you know I switched them all to a prey model raw diet last year. Since then they're teeth have looked better than ever!" He said nothing--what's he gonna say? Stop feeding your dogs in a way that causes them to have awesome teeth like this?
And yesterday, when Lincoln (cat) was in for annual bloodwork, the vet looked at his teeth and said, "This cat is TWELVE?! He has practically no tartar!" "Yup," I responded. "Remember he's the one who was supposed to have a dental done by my previous vet 18 mos ago--his teeth were NASTY. Then we switched a prey-model raw diet and now they look like this! Never got the dental done!"
"Oh," he said, and shut up.
I am hoping that over time, he'll eventually start asking me for more info on it. Until then, I don't pressure him and he doesn't pressure me. And I keep bringing him critters w/ awesome teeth who are in awesome condition. Time will tell!
Basically, itís my opinion that vets are there to diagnose and treat illnesses, NOT to be nutritional counselors. I donít rely on them for that and I make that pretty clear. If I refused to see a vet who didnít support raw feeding I would be outta luck! To my knowledge thereís only one around here, and his clinic is dirty and out of date. I MUCH prefer my vets to be up-to-date, to have the best equipment, and to have knowledgable and educated staff over supporting raw feeding!