I was reading how veterinary courses in the USA are funded/governed by corporate pet food manufacturers. Students were given laminated sheets with what “prescription” foods to recommend for different conditions, then “taught” why.

For example, renal health = Hills Prescription Diet k/d, because it’s low in phosphorous/low protein.

But that’s where the education ends, they’re taught about the “marketing positives”, but not about the nutritional value of the ingredients as a whole.

Hill's Science Diet

Hill’s Science Diet

People are easily led by marketing, skewed statistics, and political spin, and it’s the same with this. It’s easy to put lipstick on a pig (sorry pigs), and remember – all that glitters is not gold.

I’m interested to know your thoughts, so please comment.