The Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland responded to a complaint by Maria, the owner of a now deceased cat whose name is Princess, by issing a life-time ban on any future treatments for any type of pet that she owns. Does this sound astonishing to you? It does to me.
Maria has done nothing wrong. Her complaint was entirely legitimate. In fact it went to the heart of what is wrong with many veterinary practices in many countries not just Australia: vets are often commercially associated with big business, such as the dry cat food manufacturers, to the detriment of their patients. Vets too often peddle products in their own interests and for their monetary gain at the expense of the health and welfare of their patients, mainly cats and dogs. They work under a conflict of interest.
To be fair not all vets are like this but clearly in Australia many are.
Here is the story about Princess, her red-and-white female cat, and how Maria ended up complaining.
At the age of 11, Princess was overweight. Maria’s veterinarian prescrined a weight loss cat kibble (Royal Canin Weight Loss Management) and Princess continued to gain weight (surprised?).
A year later she had type 2 diabetes presumably because of her obesity. The next vet’s dietary prescription was Hills m/d, dry and wet. Princess got worse. The diabetes remained and she had other health issues such as gum disease and jaw cancer.
Maria took Princess to 23 different veterinarians and they all prescribed Hills m/d cat food, a high carb diet. Do you get the distinct feeling that some Australian vets have been bought lock, stock and barrel by Hills Pet Food? The company say they are recommended by vets worldwide. Yes they are because they have bought the souls of these vets.
Maria had to do something so, after her own deligent research, she went back to basics and fed Princess with a raw diet. Her health picked up within six months and she lost 3 pounds. Her diabetes stabilised. However Princess died due to her other illnesses in April 2016.
Maria felt compelled to make a formal complaint to the Australian Veterinary Association. She employed a lawyer to make the complaint. Here is an extract:
“Our client finds most ironic and offensive the fact that veterinarians and commercial pet food companies operate in a symbiotic relationship where vets recommend the food that makes the animals sick, and when they return to the vet, the vet prescribes the food that makes the animals sick, and the cycle of over servicing by veterinarians continues. Inherent in this equation is the equally harmful fact that at no time do vets inform pet owners of the possibility that the commercial pet foods may be harming their pets, and provide them with an option for a prescribed diet based on raw diet or species appropriate nutrition.”
Note the intelligent assessment that some Aussie vets work in a “symbiotic” manner with big business. Symbiosis is when both parties gain.
The Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland responded issuing a…
“life-time ban on any future treatments for any type of pet I might have”.
Get that. I can hardly believe that is true. Is it true? The source is the well respected website The Truth About Pet Food. Queensland is an Australian state in the northeast of the country and continent. Clearly they acted unilaterally and it seems in a fit of pique to attack Maria. There is no doubt that Maria touched a nerve. These vets know what they are up to and it is against their oath, ethics and practice guidelines.