How Can People Be So Ignorant About Dogs And Dog Health And Nutrition?

Okay so my parents stop by the other night and we tell them about our dogs new food….California naturals…
And they looked at us and asked “Oh your not feeding beneful…we told you to try beneful”
And I replied beneful is not a good food, especially for one that has had the problems that one of ours has
And we explained by getting the better quality food that you pay more upfront but in the long run it costs less because they eat less of it because its more filling
And they were like your dogs are getting the amount of food they need and were like no they are its healthy more filling food.
And we weren’t trying to sell them on it or anything but they are like well our dog is very picky and will only eat beneful she even picks out the colors she doesn’t like….
I’m like thats great but this is what we do
Now my parents think they are well to do and maybe they have a huge house and a status symbol dog…as in a bred down designer poodle….Tiny toy poodle and this dog has had problems..
And they were telling us that she was at the vet for some reason or another and the vet told them her liver levels were high and that she recommends running some tests on her and they told us that since they weren’t that high they were just going to put it off for awhile and they think she will get better….
How naieve can you be?
Ofcourse these are also the people who think my one dog is sickly because he has allergies and doesn’t want anything to do with our other dog because she is “A Big Dog” (yeah a 20 pound big scary dog) and a mutt
I love that dog and I want to tell them to wake up and and realize that what they are doing isn’t best for this dog…after all she was mine at one point when I lived at home…and tell them how to take care of her (I was the primary care giver of the dogs growing up..they just paid for everything) They don’t know what they are doing and I hesitate to say it but maybe they do just consider her an accesory or status symbol but I just wish they would listen
Anybody know where I’m coming from…I just feel for the dog and get so upset trying to explain why we do what we do…
Sometimes they ask for advice but when we give it they shoot it down…
Can I get some support and advice on this…I guess I just need to step back and realize she isn’t my dog anymore

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8 Responses to How Can People Be So Ignorant About Dogs And Dog Health And Nutrition?

  • BYB's ♥ to Lie says:

    Everyone is blind to certain things.
    Everyone has subjects that they just won’t listen on.
    Advice is best when it’s asked for.
    As far as the vet issue, if they won’t take the dog to the vet, then perhaps it’s your responsibility to do so. I had to do this with my in-law’s dog. Ask the vet if the food could be contributing to the problem. If it is, then all you can do is pass on the advice.
    It hurts to bang your head against the wall, I know. So, it’s your call when you stop trying.

  • T J says:

    Now that you are done with your rant, remember that even your mom is entitled to her own opinions.If her food of choice was “bad” and going to do her dog in, it would be against the law to sell it. Might not be the highest quality, fanciest food on the market, but it is adequate even if just barley. So food choices is the least of your worry, *except for a foods effect on liver function*, which IS what you should be trying to do something about. (there was a hint in there somewhere I think)

  • Ty B says:

    The ‘how’ is great marketing. Think about it, the majority of vets (who are generally considered well versed on dog health) typically recommend the WORST food for dogs. Why? Are they stupid or naive? Not really. They just have succumbed to great marketing and salespeople.

  • pink_dan says:

    that is just wrong. that poor poodle can just get worse from it’s condition. there isn’t much you can do but if you think there’s a serious problem you can call the ASPCA or something like that to have someone check up on you’re parent’s dog. if they are ignoring the dog’s liver problems that could be animal neglect.

  • Kidsnpet says:

    Let me ask you this… what do you see more advertisements for? Beneful or Evo? Pedigree or Taste of the Wild?
    People are uneducated about true nutrition for their dogs. I admit that I was uneducated when I first adopted my rescues. However, after doing a LOT of research, I discovered that most commercial dog foods are just fillers. Commercial dog foods are all that most people know and they don’t think to question it. After all my research, I opted for a raw diet for my dogs. They are thriving on it.
    Unfortunately, though, because the dog remains with your parents and they pay for her nutrition, it’s up to them.

  • Crystal says:

    As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Take them to and show them how your choice of food is rated and their choice. Maybe seeing it in writing might convince them. If they won’t see the light, don’t stress too much over it – there was a time when only inferior corn based dog foods were sold and when better foods became available, Eukanuba was seen as a premium food (only gets a 2 star rating now).
    It’s really sad when people are told by those they trust (vets) that Iams and Science Diet are quality foods. I have seen many conditions improve and disappear with a change in diet. You don’t go into detail with your dog’s allergy symptoms, but I solved one itchy dog by switching to a grainless, Taste of the Wild Canine Wetland formula (she was already on a novel protein food free of wheat, soy, corn, etc. – common allergens) and ear infections and itchy skin improved immediately and disappeared entirely within 3 weeks.
    Link to beneful formulas:…
    Link to California Natural…

  • Wouldntyou L says:

    Most of my dogs have lived into their teens on regular, store bought dog food. The vets were all amazed at how healthy they were. I know some dogs can’t handle the better quality stuff. Some just don’t like it.
    I think you need to quit picking fights and stop being offended at every little thing your parents do or say.
    Next time they tell you to try a certain brand or whatever, tell them thanks, but we are happy with…and then change the subject. Don’t go insulting their choice of dog food. Many dogs are doing quite well on commercial brands.

  • Bryndel says:

    Fortunately(??) an off-kilter diet usually takes a while to kill an animal. It’s not poison, after all, just basic lacks leading to diseases people (even vets, who should know better) don’t generally think of as influenced or caused by food. Dogs can survive on table scraps and garbage, at least for a while, but that doesn’t mean they’re *healthy.*
    So-called designer “poo”-anything dogs always give me the shivers. As overpopular “breeds” go they’re a serious pet peeve of mine. There are a very rare few breeders out there who almost might persuade me otherwise, but far too many people simply see it as a way to make a quick buck and delude themselves that simply crossing to a random untested member of a different breed will somehow guarantee you a solid, healthy, breeding-worthy dog. Like any mutt, many of the individual dogs can be great, but the genetics are a seriously suspect Russian roulette, and some dogs and owners badly lose the gamble.
    If you’re flexible on exactly the kind of dog who’ll fit into your house and not fussed about consistency or predictability through breeding, you can always find all sorts of unique poodle crosses (and purebreds, and other sorts ) without spending a fortune on an animal who’s just going to cost you an additional fortune in vet bills down the road… Particularly if you then skimp on your nutritional research, too. Ouch.
    Nonetheless, this dog’s luckier than many… 5 million or so cats and dogs annually in the US, I think the statistics are? Take that into consideration and figure that at least she has the bare necessities of life (even if it’s sadly shortened, however preventably) and a roof over her head. A few generations ago people still thought it was silly to bring a *dog* inside at all.
    And kudos to you for being better informed and more caring than the last generation. If it’s any consolation, my parents and grandparents both still drive me nuts with their irresponsible, ignorant fingers-in-ears attitudes toward dogs–although after many years I’ve managed to bring them around to a more acceptable level, with inside dogs adopted from rescue instead of overpriced newspaper ad-bought “wolf hybrids.” So even the most ignorant and foolish can eventually be brought around to sanity, with love and persistence 😉