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Complaint Review: Hills Diet Dog Food - Science Diet Dog Food
Hills Diet Dog Food - Science Diet Dog FoodNationwide U.S.A.
Hills Diet Dog Food - Science Diet Dog Food ripoff pet food prescription scam Nationwide
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No prescription is needed for a dietary election for dogs but the company will only sell to veterinarians so that the vet can charge an outrageous sum for the cans. One feed store manager told me that Science Diet and Hills Diet enter into contracts with Vets by which the vet will only recommend their products in return for the vet having the exclusive right to market the cans. This sounds like a monopoly in restraint of trade to me.
The pet food store manager warned us that other brands of supposedly organic and nutritious dog foods are mislabeling their products and that he has read reports by labs which claim that the proportions stated on the labels (and even some of the ingredients) and not the proortions (or the ingredients) in the canned food. The labels make the food sound more special and nutritious than the actually are, thus justifying higher prices than regular dog food.
We were told that some of these giant companies are even giving scholarships to vet students on the condition that they sign contracts stating that they will only recommend the the scholarship grantor's brands in their vet practices.
I think that these companies should be forced to market their products through regular retail stores and to stop their restraints on trade.
We have elected to make the dogfood according to the ingredients and proportions recommended by the vet and which the labels purport that the cans contain.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/31/2006 11:36 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Hills-Diet-Dog-Food-Science-Diet-Dog-Food/nationwide/Hills-Diet-Dog-Food-Science-Diet-Dog-Food-ripoff-pet-food-prescription-scam-Nationwide-218440. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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