Yes, I totally stole the ridiculous headline from some internet site. But, I have a stubby-legged little client that prefers to spend his time curled up on the couch than actually moving his little legs. He was being fed a grain-free food, but his treats started coming more frequently and his harness was slowly getting tighter and tighter. A veterinary check-up resulted in the recommendation to lose a few pounds. And yes, once again in the world of nutritional advice dispensed by veterinarians with a waiting room full of Hill’s Science Diet, they sent him home with a bag of – you guessed it! Science Diet r/d, their weight loss formula. The list of ingredients starts “Whole Grain Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Caramel Color…”
Hill’s says right there on their website “Factors contributing to weight gain include age, lack of exercise and overfeeding,” but instead of suggesting more frequent exercise and smaller portions, they want to sell you a bowl of corn and gluten and by-product. Now, I’m not a veterinary nutritionist, or a scientist of any sort, and I don’t think I need to be to guarantee that if you’ve got a chubby dog, he or she does not need a bowl full of corn, gluten, and by-product meal. Your dog needs less food and more exercise. I think that’s science.