If you start researching for a puppy, you are going to find a lot of breeders are promoting Nuvet pet vitamins.
After seeing the 40th breeder mentioning these miracle pet vitamins, I became suspicious. Then, I noticed every breeder has a special, exclusive “code” for the consumer to use to purchase the vitamins. (I smell kickbacks)
It gets worse — some breeders make this brand of vitamin mandatory for the life of their dog, or the health guarantee is void. (Some even stated that this is the only brand formulated for their specific breed.) This seems a bit unscrupulous to me. While I think breeders can, and should, recommend things like veterinarians, vitamins, toys and food brands, why would they demand that only a certain brand be used? Or make a contract contingent upon it? Especially a contract that concerns genetic health!?
(Notes: I can understand a breeder requiring you to give your pup a monthly supplement, but the brand should be your choice. I can understand a breeder requiring you to take your dog for a yearly exam and vaccinations, but the vet should be your choice. I even understand requiring that you feed your dog a premium food, again, the brand should be your choice.)
These vitamins likely are good, but that isn’t an argument for making them exclusive. Nope — this could be a possible warning flag. Be sure to ask the breeder why they want you to exclusively use those pet vitamins, how many years their own dogs have been using them, how long is the health guarantee if you give your dog another brand of vitamin, and could they direct you to some articles or clinical studies to support the claims that the vitamins are essential to the dog’s good health.
By the way, is anyone out there a fan of NuVet vitamins that isn’t some kind of affiliate?