Almost every day, someone comes into our store and tells me their pet is on prescription food for bladder/kidney issues, pancreatitis, allergies, weight management, etc. And because that food required a prescription from their vet, they believed they purchased medically necessary, high-quality active ingredients to make their pet well.

That is not the case.

There is no medicine in prescription food at all.  There are no drugs, medicines, or herbs in any of these foods. And these prescription foods can cost up to four times as expensive as regular food. With corn, by-products, powdered cellulose (which is basically sawdust), and salt, the list of ingredients on the back of the bag is no different than a bag of low quality dog food.

Per federal law, no food is allowed to make a health claim to cure or treat a disease unless that food has gone through a drug approval process for safety, testing, and proper manufacturing. However, the FDA’s “enforcement discretion to permit the sale of these products” openly allows prescription pet food to be the one and only exception to that law.  Pet food is the ONLY food that can claim it cures disease when it clearly has no medicinal qualities.

In other words, the FDA openly allows Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare (Royal Canin) and Nestle Purina to be “deceptive”, allowing them to sell pet food as a drug that cures disease when it is not a drug, and to overcharge consumers as they see fit. 

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