Ignored Veterinary Medical Ethics
The next time a veterinarian suggests a prescription pet food that includes hideous ingredients…ask them about I(c) of the PVME. Consumers can now use Veterinary Medical Ethics to hold veterinarians accountable.
From the AVMA website is the “Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics”. The website states “All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).”
The first ‘Principle’ states “I. A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof.”
Here is the concerning part. Under Principle I. (quoted above) is the following “supporting annotation”: “Veterinarians shall not promote, sell, prescribe, dispense, or use secret remedies or any other product for which they do not know the ingredients.”
‘Veterinarians shall not promote, sell, prescribe any product for which they do not know the ingredients.’
Just one example. Purina ProPlan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora Probiotic Supplement is a very popular supplement sold by many veterinarians. The ingredients in this supplement are:
Animal digest, Enterococcus faecium, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), brewers dried yeast, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, beta-Carotene, salt, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
Do you think many veterinarians prescribing this supplement knows that Animal Digest (the first ingredient) is an ingredient that violates federal law? Do you think many veterinarians know the legal definition of Animal Digest allows it to be sourced from dead or diseased animals?
Do you think many veterinarians prescribing this supplement knows that FDA testing determined this ingredient “could include euthanized animals”?
‘For which they do not know the ingredients.’
Just a few ingredients common of prescription diets:
Poultry by-product meal: legal definition allows to be sourced from ground-alive poultry or dead/diseased poultry.
Animal fat: legal definition allows to be sourced from dead/diseased animals, another ingredient FDA testing determined “could include euthanized animals”.
Carrageenan: science after science after science links to gastrointestinal issues.
Do you think many veterinarians prescribing Rx pet foods know what poultry by products or animal fat is? Have they read the science on carrageenan?
It’s simple…most do not know.
The AVMA needs to remove Principle I(c) from their Veterinary Medical Ethics; don’t talk the talk unless you walk the walk.
Or the AVMA need to go back to school. The AVMA should attend AAFCO meetings – become a consistent attendee at AAFCO. If they truly wish to “be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public” then I’ll expect to meet the AVMA representatives in August in Pittsburgh. We’ll see how serious they are about ‘knowing the ingredients for which they sell, promote, prescribe’.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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