A pet owner in Australia is taking on the Australian veterinary association on behalf of her late cat. Princess died earlier this year, but her spirit lives on through the battle this pet owner is waging.
Three years ago Maria believed – as the greatest majority of pet owners believe – any commercial pet food would be safe and appropriate food for her cat Princess. Today Maria believes…knows…that is not true.
At 11 years old – Maria’s cat Princess was overweight. In 2013 her veterinarian prescribed Royal Canin Weight Loss Management kibble giving instructions to ONLY feed this food to Princess. Over the next year, following the exact directions of her veterinarian – Princess continued to gain weight.
In 2014 Princess was diagnosed with Type 2 Feline Diabetes…even though Princess was fed a diet prescribed by her veterinarian.
The next ‘treatment’ was Hills m/d prescription food – wet and dry formulas. And over the next two years – Princess was seen by 23 different veterinarians. She went through many, many treatments and over these two years was diagnosed with…
- Feline Obesity (fatty lumps)
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Feline Diabetes (type 2)
- Periodontal Disease (all teeth removed over 2 x dental procedures)
- Jaw Cancer
- Feeding Tube permanently inserted into her neck to get around the jaw cancer.
After the diabetes diagnosis…every single veterinarian she went to recommended Hills m/d diet and only Hills m/d diet. After six months on the Hills prescription diet, Princess’s health continued to deteriorate.
By September 2015, Maria took matters into her own hands. She had been researching real food for Princess, she put her on a raw meat diet. Within six months Princess lost over 3 pounds and her diabetes began to stabilize. Unfortunately, the multiple illnesses that Princess suffered from were too much to overcome. Princess passed over Rainbow Bridge in April of 2016.
Not one of the 23 veterinarians that ‘treated’ Princess linked the cat’s obesity with a high carbohydrate feed-grade kibble diet. To ‘treat’ her illness, all 23 veterinarians recommended more high carbohydrate feed grade kibble. In fact, all 23 veterinarians made identical ‘pet feed’ recommendations.
Looking back, Maria says “I regret taking my Princess cat to a conventional veterinarian untrained in carnivore nutrition. I seriously regret following their advice on how to treat feline obesity, sugar diabetes, periodontal disease and jaw cancer. I regret not doing my own research on the cats-diet and I must live with that for the rest of my life. I truly miss my Princess cat and I failed her as a pet parent simply because I was uneducated and listened to conventional veterinarians who are trained in the wrong diet.”
Maria did not let this issue pass with her cat. She is now taking on the Australian veterinary association in hopes that no other pet dies as Princess did. She has obtained a lawyer, and sent a strongly worded 8 page complaint letter to the Australian veterinary association requesting – in part – veterinary students receive training in pet nutrition other than that taught by Big Pet Food. “Our client finds most ironic and offensive the fact that veterinarians and commercial pet food companies operate in a symbiotic relationship where vets recommend the food that makes the animals sick, and when they return to the vet, the vet prescribes the food that makes the animals sick, and the cycle of over servicing by veterinarians continues. Inherent in this equation is the equally harmful fact that at no time do vets inform pet owners of the possibility that the commercial pet foods may be harming their pets, and provide them with an option for a prescribed diet based on raw diet or species appropriate nutrition.”
To read the full complaint Click Here.
Here is the most telling twist in this story…
What was the response to Maria’s complaint?
The Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) issued a LIFE-TIME-BAN on treating any future pets of Maria’s since learning about her Complaint Letter addressed to the Queensland – Veterinary Surgeons Board (VSB).
Veterinary Specialist Services – you just showed the world who is more important to you; your relationship with Big Pet Food is more important to you than your sworn oath to pet health. You are little more than a bought and paid for marketing tool for Big Pet Food. Sad.
AU veterinary oath: “I solemnly swear to practice veterinary science ethically and conscientiously for the benefit of animal welfare, animal and human health, users of veterinary services and the community. I will endeavour to maintain my practice of veterinary science to current professional standards and will strive to improve my skills and knowledge through continuing professional development. I acknowledge that along with the privilege of acceptance into the veterinary profession comes community and professional responsibility. I will maintain these principles throughout my professional life.”
Emphasis “for the benefit of animal welfare” – not ‘for the benefit of our relationship with Big Pet Food’.
Veterinary Specialist Services you should be VERY ashamed of yourself.
Maria – pet owners all over the world commend you for your battle. Keep fighting the fight! We stand with you.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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