Avoiding the Dangerous Ploy of Prescription Pet Food

October 17, 2019 4 min read

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The secret is out…

Every day, more pet owners are connecting the dots to decide that a strict regimen of processed foods for every meal cannot provide a complete & balanced diet for our dogs just like it cannot do so for us humans.

This rising trend of health-conscious dog owners has not gone unnoticed by the industrial-scale big-brand dog food manufacturers who have shamelessly captured a share of this growing market with new product options that look and sound like a healthier alternative but are really just more of the same.

Across the board, integrative vedog scratching skinterinarians and canine nutrition specialists will tell you that a processed diet of feed-grade, rather than human-grade, ingredients can create or exacerbate health conditions such as allergies, diabetes, cancer, dental issues, heart disease, incontinence, joint disease, kidney or liver disease, obesity, and even cognitive dysfunction in dogs.

Pet owners seeking biologically appropriate fresh dog food options are being bombarded with aisles full of the big brands of the mainstream pet food industry every time they go to the supermarket. Those large corporations have begun offering specialized product options aimed at Puppies, or Small Dogs, or Older Dogs, etc. but a scan of the ingredients lists on any of them reveals an inordinate amount of corn products, grains, potatoes, fats & various oils, all of which are not only unnecessary but can have harmful repercussions on our furry friends over time.

Additionally, the FDA allows "animals that have died otherwise than slaughter" to be used as ingredients in pet food so just because some canned and dry dog food brands advertise ingredients like poultry, fish, or beef doesn’t mean that they were harvested or processed ethically.

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Worse yet, though, is the latest collision between the mainstream pet food industry and their entrenched partners still remaining in the veterinary community in an attempt to convince the owners of sick dogs that they need to resort to prescription pet food in order to provide enhanced health & longevity to their ailing pooch.

In many cases, these ailments are the direct result of years and years of a diet of processed foods and now, in an animal's time of need, a vet may tell you to feed them a higher-priced version of that same mistake.

Much like its store-bought counterpart, prescription pet food can and does use questionable sources for their protein and it is not required to be lab tested for residual deposits of molds or heavy metals like arsenic and lead – all of which have been detected in big brand dog foods in the past.

Not only are none of the ingredients in these prescription dog foods fit for human consumption, but none of them qualify as prescription-grade either – so what is really going on here?

Simple… it’s a marketing strategy... a cash grab. You don’t have to take our word for it, class action lawsuits have sprung up across the country as disgruntled pet owners have levied accusations of price-fixing and claim to having been duped by the implied need for the veterinarian’s prescription.

They argue that requiring a written prescription to purchase a specific type of dog food makes consumers believe that a non-prescription alternative may not exist when we all know that alternatives certainly do exist.

To us, the problem is multifaceted.


First of all, most veterinarians are not trained, canine nutritionists. That’s just a fact. That’s not a knock on vets, it’s just not typically their specialty.

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There just are not that many veterinary nutritionists in the world. Those at the top of the field are rarely associated with pet food companies but ALL Cali Raw Dog Food formulations have been crafted by one of these specialists to ensure a smooth transition to raw feeding and a longer, healthier life on this complete & balanced diet.

Diagnosing a health issue and planning a diet to resolve it is commendable, but filling that diet with low-quality and counterproductive ingredients is not. Nor is it commendable to inflate the prices of inferior products propped up by veterinarians who’ll play along.

Additionally, when you start compartmentalizing a dog’s diet to treat a specific condition without considering the bigger picture, you can do more harm than good by neglecting key nutrients.

A species-appropriate raw dog food diet like what you receive from Cali Raw Dog Food provides a solid base of the nutrition your dog needs and allows for modification to target specific ailments with proven, human-grade ingredients like eggs, fruits, veggies, goat’s milk and more!

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Even for perfectly healthy pups, your goal should be to create a diet that meets your dog’s individual needs as they age and grow. A BARF (BAlanced Raw Food) diet chock full of meat, vegetables, bone, and organs will encourage a nutritional and metabolic balance to prevent disease or illness before they set in.

Switching to raw dog food has never been easier and the best part is… no prescription needed!

Instead, consider a subscription for a regularly scheduled delivery of Cali Raw Dog Food right to your door. Perfectly packaged and portioned meals make it a breeze to stimulate your dog’s ancestral diet – the sustainably sourced meats, fruits, veggies, and essential vitamins and nutrients that they have hunted and gathered for thousands of years.





The ingredients page on our website not only lists exactly what you’ll find in each formulation of Cali Raw, but what role it plays in your dog’s well-being. As mentioned above, a raw diet for dogs allows you to further customize and supplement their meals with added healing ingredients like bone broth, for example, an all-natural superfood that helps to promote a stronger immune system, a healthier gut biome and is a great source of glucosamine for joint health.

If your vet is recommending a prescription-based diet for your dog ask for all of the product information upfront and odds are that you’ll find an unsatisfying twist on dollar store dog food.

There is no time better than now to start making better dietary decisions for your dogs and nobody cares more about helping you do that than we do here at Cali Raw Dog Food.


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