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I agree with above... vets make money from foods they sell.
However, I think part of it is that a lot of vets are just not super knowledgeable about dog nutrition. I mean, they just don't really get trained in it, and foods like SD, Iams, whoever spend a lot of money extolling the virtues of their foods. I think all of us have had a point where we fed something just because we didn't know better, and thought our dogs were doing 'just fine' on it.
We have a Registered Dietitian and several Registered Nurses where I work (Health promotion company). When I thought maybe I broke my foot I talked to an RN. When I thought I had a dairy allergy, and then needed to find alternative sources of calcium and Vit D in my diet, the RD was exponentially more helpful. Neither would have known more than basic information about the other thing.
Granted there aren't a lot of dog nutritionists walking around, but by the same token we really can't expect vets to know everything about everything. It sure would be nice though :-)
~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William
People in the dog show world know me as Karen, but the rest of the world knows me & I will introduce myself as Kat... I've been showing dogs longer than I've had the nickname, and the nickname is not new!