For pets suffering from a disease, a prescription pet food is often recommended by a veterinarian. The big problem for many pet owners, most of the known prescription pet foods contain by-product meal, animal fat, and vitamins sourced from China. Fear not…you’ve got options.
As if dealing with a life threatening disease in your pet isn’t enough, educated pet owners are often faced with the veterinarian recommendation of a Rx food with questionable quality of ingredients and ingredients sourced from China. Most veterinarians sell the typical Rx lines – Hill’s, Purina, and Royal Canin, few veterinarians offer pet owners alternatives.
So, here are the alternatives. Three pet food companies that formulate prescription pet foods using certified human grade ingredients and nothing from China. In no particular order…
Rayne Clinical Nutrition
Rayne Clinical Nutrition makes numerous prescription foods sold only by veterinarians for cats and dogs. Products made by Rayne Clinical Nutrition come backed by University studies (not studies done by the manufacturer itself). Ingredients are whole foods, human grade (most sourced locally), with no ingredients sourced from China. Rayne shared the company is “fanatical about cleanliness and avoiding cross contamination.” This company was more than transparent with any question I had and I think they will be providing their Pledge to Quality and Origin soon!
Rayne Clinical Nutrition provides healthy animal diets, along with diets that address cancer, critical care, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, heart disease, hepatic lipidosis, hyperlipidemia, kidney disease (early and late stage), liver disease, lymphangiectasia, lower urinary tract disease, obesity, pancreatitis, and skin disease. Rayne Clinical Nutrition uses numerous novel protein options including kangaroo, calamari, rabbit and pork (meat processed in a human food facility).
Feeding costs for wet foods run from approximately $4.00 to $11.50 per day for a 30 pound dog; $2.86 to $5.12 per day for a 15 pound cat. The company is “in the process of introducing a line of dry diets which will significantly lower the feeding cost per day.”
Rayne Clinical Nutrition can formulate or design a custom diet based on medical information provided by your veterinarian. Rayne diets are available in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
To learn more about Rayne Clinical Nutrition visit http://raynenutrition.com or call 877-698-3823
Just Food for Dogs
Just Food for Dogs makes daily food for healthy dogs, a line of prescription foods called “vet directed diets”, and custom formulations for vets/sick dogs in a commercial kitchen in Newport Beach, CA. Just Food for Dogs was over the top transparent with any questions asked and even offered opportunity for me to speak with Dr. Oscar Chavez, DVM – one of the owners and formulators. Sorry…no cat foods.
All Just Food for Dogs pet foods are sourced from human grade ingredients, are non GMO, and are all U.S. origin. They offer the following Rx foods…
The prescription line consist of the following:
• Balanced Remedy. This food is formulated to improve gastrointestinal conditions such as diarrhea and vomiting. Nutritional factors – moderate protein, extremely restricted fat. Low residue. Low omega 6:3 ratio and added DHA/EPA. Balanced for long term feeding under veterinary supervision. Ingredients are USDA certified turkey breast, long grain white rice, sushi rice.
• Neoplasia Support. this food is designed to help maintain health for dogs undergoing chemotherapy. Nutritional factors – moderate protein to meet energy requirements, high level of fat to address nutrient density and palatability. Tightly controlled simple carbohydrates to avoid “feeding” tumor cells. Limited antioxidants to avoid interference with chemotherapy drugs. Primary ingredients are USDA certified ground beef, USDA certified chicken thigh, USDA certified chicken liver, long grain brown rice, etc.
• Renal Support Low Protein. This food can be an excellent diet choice for the nutritional management of dogs with azotemia and chronic or advanced kidney disease. Nutritional factors – low protein and phosphorus levels to reduce burden on kidneys. Lower sodium levels to manage disease progression. Moist diet to maintain hydration. Much more palatable than commercial prescription diets. Primary ingredients are USDA certified lean ground lamb, sushi rice, cauliflower, long grain brown rice, lamb liver, blueberries, etc.
• Renal Support Moderate Protein. This food can be perfect for subclinical cases, or those renal patients who have not yet developed azotemia. It is moderately restricted in highly digestible protein. Nutritional factors – Moderate protein and phosphorus levels to reduce burden on kidneys. Moderate sodium levels to help keep patient subclinical. Moist diet to maintain hydration. Much more palatable than commercial prescription diets. Primary ingredients. Lean ground lamb, long grain brown rice, spinach, carrot, safflower oil, etc.
• Derm Support Fish. This food is formulated to support the skin barrier, reduce inflammation and address food hypersensitivity or general dermatoses. Nutritional factors – limited ingredients, high quality wild caught salmon and halibut. Grain free, gluten free. Low omega 6:3 ratio. Balanced for long term feeding under veterinary supervision. Primary ingredients. Wild caught salmon filet, wild caught halibut filet, sweet potatoes, tapioca, olive oil.
The cost for a 30 pound dog would range from around $100 a month to $240 a month.
For a custom diet, Just Food for Dogs needs three things…
1. a questionnaire filled out by the pet owner;
2. lab work from the primary care or specialist vet;
3. a one time $95.00 fee.
Custom diets are completely custom, including supplements. Meals are shipped to the pet owner frozen in meal size specific to the dog’s needs.
One of the owners of Just Food for Dogs is Dr. Oscar Chavez, DVM – professor in Clinical Canine Nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona.
For more information on Just Food for Dogs Rx line, visit http://www.justfoodfordogs.com or call (949) 722-DOGS.
Great Life Pet Foods
Great Life offers foods for healthy dogs and cats and provides a line of Rx foods for dogs. The company has recently purchased their own manufacturing facility (3 plants) in Texas. The information provided by Great Life is minimal (hopefully only a temporary issue) acquired in a brief conversation on 8/29/12. The company stated they will email the responses to my questions, however they were not received before this article needed to be posted. When this information is provided, it will be posted.
Great Life offers two kibble “RX” dog foods – buffalo or duck. The Great Life website states “for dogs that need assistance against: Diabetes, Major Allergies, Immune, Organ, Digestive, or Weight Issues. With low sugar content, lower fat foods, lower protein.”
For more information visit http://www.doctorsfinest.com or call (805)577-WOOF(9663)
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Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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