The following items represent some of The Dog Food Advisor’s most frequently asked questions about prescription dog foods.
How do you rate prescription dog foods?
With the exception of dog foods designed for weight loss, we do not assign a star rating to prescription dog foods.
Why do most prescription dog foods not get a star rating?
To treat certain health conditions like kidney or liver disease, some veterinary products have been intentionally designed to reduce the meat protein content of a recipe.
Since we shamelessly favor dog foods rich in meat, it would be inappropriate for us to assign a star rating to such meat-restricted prescription food products.
In these cases, we award the product our “not rated” designation.
What about the claims of efficacy made by the manufacturer or a prescribing veterinarian?
Our reports have nothing to do with the ability of any product to effectively treat or cure a specific health condition.
Why do you still review prescription dog foods? Shouldn’t they be exempt from scrutiny?
Although we respect the right of every veterinary professional to prescribe what would be in the best interest of each patient, we still believe these foods should be held to the same scrutiny allotted virtually any other commercial food product.
Every consumer of veterinary products has the right to expect at least the same quality and good value for his money afforded any other pet food purchase (as well as protection from lower-quality, over-priced dog foods — no matter how they’re dispensed).
Can you recommend a dog food I can get from a pet food store that’s designed to treat a specific health problem?
Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide specific medical advice. However, please see our FAQ page for a list of some suggested products you may wish to discuss with your vet.
Since one of the prescription foods you reviewed appears to be of questionable quality, can you suggest a substitute?
Because our ratings have nothing to do with a product’s ability to treat a specific condition, we do not recommend ignoring your veterinarian’s advice and replacing a professionally prescribed product with an over-the-counter substitute.