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Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat Paperback – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010

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“FEED YOUR PET RIGHT is mind-blowingly excellent!! It is brilliant in every way--comprehensive in scope and clearly impartial and accessible to any reader.”

--David Fraser, Professor of Animal Science and former Dean of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sydney

About the Author

Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and author of three prize-winning books:  Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat, as well as Pet Food Politics. Visit her online at www.foodpolitics.com. 

Malden Nesheim, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at Cornell University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Original edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439166420
  • ASIN: B004KAB5PK
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marion Nestle is a human nutritionist, who endorses fresh, whole foods for people and criticizes processed junk foods. Her advice to people is to eat less and to eat a wide variety of minimally processed foods.

Her advice to pet owners is much less healthy and helpful. For this book, Nestle teamed up with Malden Nesheim, a veterinary nutritionist by training. He seems to have lead Nestle woefully astray. They endorse starchy kibbles and canned mush as pet food - the commercial pet foods that cause rampant periodontal disease, stress pets' immune systems, and leave them victims of myriad chronic diseases. It is puzzling that an advocate of fresh whole foods for people would not make similar, species-appropriate recommendations for their pets.

The vast misinformation in this book is based on a false assumption: That dogs, like humans, are omnivores. No references are provided to support this erroneous belief, because there aren't any. All the scholarship of the last 10 years shows that dogs are carnivores.

To back up their false assumption, they assert that dogs' intestinal track is long, like human omnivores. This is factually incorrect. Both dogs' and cats' small intestines are 2.5 times as long as their bodies. Human small intestines are 10 times as long as their height. Long intestines digest vegetables and cereals slowly and well. Carnivores' short and highly acidic intestinal tracks digest meats and bones fast and pass remaining matter out as poop - great piles of malodorous poop from grain-fed dogs and cats.

The authors assert that dogs "descended" recently (in evolutionary time) from wolves. They fail to acknowledge that dogs are currently classified as a sub-species of wolf. Dogs are wolves, not a separate species.
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I am not a strong believer in raw diets or especially the BARF diet. I have read several books on the subject and the amazing thing to me is that most of these books are written strictly based on an emotional experience and not much actual scientific or medical fact.

Finally this book lays out all the facts and misconceptions and then let's you decide what is best for you and your life style. She does not endorse feeding of kibble but teaches you how to read a label and realize the marketing gimmicks and lack of regulations involved in pet food manufacturing. So you can choose the best product based on ingredients and manufacturing principles rather than marketing tactics.

She discusses the nutritional value of certain ingredients based on preparation. Some foods are more nutritionally sound and better absorbed when broken down either by cooking or grinding. Others are best raw.

She then does not attack nor endorse raw diets but helps you to understand the pros, cons, and the many misconceptions that long time pet owners and breeders have created. All based again on verifiable facts.

She does support healthy, properly prepared homemade diets for those with the time, energy, & financial ability to do so. But realizes in a world of convenience and fast food that most pet owners are not going to be able to comply with this and may cause more harm to their pets by skipping proper homemade nutrition then by properly picking a manufactured diet.

I loved this book!!
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Whether you've got two legs or four, nutrition professor Dr. Marion Nestle is a stickler for good science who sifts through studies, fads and theories and diligently analyzes labels to get to the truth about what constitutes an optimum diet, as New York Times' health columnist Jane Brody recently noted in her review entitled "The Truth About Cat And Dog Food." If you truly want to understand your dog or cat's nutritional needs, read this engaging, painstakingly researched book with the same open-minded, inquisitive spirit in which Dr. Nestle and co-author Malden Nesheim evaluated all the commercial pet foods on the market, along with the DIY, made-from-scratch alternatives.

Sure to please populists and ruffle some feathers on the fringe, Feed Your Pet Right refuses to prescribe a dogmatic, one-kibble-suits-all formula.

Nestle and Nesheim, who holds master's and doctoral degrees in animal nutrition and is professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, teamed up to delve into the origins of the commercial pet food industry (worth roughly $20 billion annually), how it's evolved, and where it stands today. Nestle and Nesheim assess studies, marketing hype, and anecdotal evidence; scrutinize pet food production firsthand; and explore the disturbingly cozy relationship between pet food manufacturers and veterinarians.

You may be surprised to learn that from a purely nutritional perspective there's not much difference between the premium pet food brands that command top dollar and the cheap stuff on the shelves at big box chains.
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