It’s amazing how fast two weeks can slide by, but the 129th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching and will be landing Thursday, January 28 at The SkeptVet Blog. Blog-specific instructions for submitting your best skeptical blogging can be found here, while general guidelines can be found here.
This is the first time we’ve had a skeptical veterinarian host; so let’s try to get him some great material to help him do a bang-up job. And if you have some good woo related to veterinary or animals to send in, so much the better.
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Oh, I’ve got a cracking bit of pet-woo for SkeptVet, which I’ll post over there but will briefly cover here.
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Check out some of the veterinarian advice from Dr. Fox in the Washington Post. I quit reading it a while ago but occasionally a long Metro ride will bore me and I’ll look at it. It can be mind boggling.
These commercials have started running on television. I guess this concept isn’t new but it’s getting pitched to a wider audience now. The commercial is pretty professional and persuasive.
Blue Buffalo Pet Food
“All of our natural dog and cat foods contain our exclusive LifeSourceÂ® Bits, a precise blend of nutrients and antioxidants selected by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists. These include ingredients that have been shown to help strengthen your dogâs and catâs immune systems, support their specific life stage requirements and protect them from the negative impact of environmental toxins.”
jen — that reminds me of the gal at PetSmart who was hawking an organic kibble. She told me, quite earnestly, how bad it was to feed my dog Iams. It’s made of *processed food* and stuff from *rendering plants*. You wouldn’t want your dog to eat *that*, would you?
I smiled and nodded and then walked away. If I’d had more nerve, I would’ve asked where the organic kibble came from if it wasn’t processed food and didn’t involve rendering at any stage. Did it grow on kibble trees, perhaps?
“Did it grow on kibble trees, perhaps?” Win.
What’s a rendering plant?
The more these people try to market this high-fallutin stuff, the more my intellectual shorthand tells me that the cheapest, gnarliest food is the way to go.
As an aside, why did I see a show on PBS that featured a woman giving regular acupuncture treatments to her horse? Is there anybody out there who has the power to fix PBS, which was once our voice of reason? Hello? Is this thing on?