Question by What du talkin bout Willis: How do I get my stubborn neighbor to understand that she needs to feed her dog better food?
Okay, many of us pet owners who have the Internet know what the popular dog foods are made of. Very bad ingredients. But people who don’t have the Internet, like my friend, put so much trust in their vet recommending the food that they make high profits off of. I have tried to tell her that the Hills Science Diet her vet tells her to buy is so bad for her dog but she doesn’t even let me start. She goes on about how she feeds her dog the best food, “it’s very expensive, it’s from the vet” she says.

And what is it made from? Top ingredient “Corn”.

So how can I tell her without making her feel dumb that her vet doesn’t know much about nutrition which is clearly seen in the food he pushes for her to buy?
Right now her Chow/Collie mix is in the Animal Hospital on IV’s because she has a very very poor blood panel result. She was in the Animal Hospital less than a year ago for a similar problem. I hear my neighbor constantly telling our friends how her poor dog has so much trouble, with her digestion and poops.

I do care about my neighbor and if her dog dies, she will feel awful. But if her dog comes through, it would be better to start feeding her premium dog food. Can anyone help? Should I leave an anonymous letter to her in the mail about these bad pet foods?
Timpala, you obviously did not read the question. This dog IS having problems. Major problems!

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Answer by MamaBas
Mmm I had a neighbour who was a bit like this one. She knew it all, and had the money to back it up too. Unfortunately at the end of the day, you can’t force your opinions on anybody but you could perhaps point out that just maybe her vet bills would be lower if she tried another brand of food – and that vets make lots of money promoting Hills, which isn’t right for all dogs ? To say nothing of preventing her poor dog from all these vet visits? Perhaps she might start to listen, after this latest bout of ill-health!

Assuming this is the case, you might say your dogs seem to be far healthier on **** – although she may take offence and you might lose her as a friend!

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