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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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--David Fraser, Professor of Animal Science and former Dean of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sydney
About the Author
Malden Nesheim, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at Cornell University.
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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.Read more ›
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!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was surprised after reading this book to come back to amazon and read some of the reviews here. People seem to be hung up on ideological principles of how they *think* dogs/cats... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matt Keys
A clerk at my local pet store lent mehis copy, which I read then promptly came here in order to get my own copy. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Suzanne Stafford
The authors make absurd claims about the ethics of veterinary medicine in regards to selling pet foods. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by A M
Nestle & Nesheim, two nutritionists, set out to evaluate the many competing claims about what diets are best for dogs and cats. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Zephyr
Dogs and cats are not grain eaters...they didn't evolve eating mass produced, low nutritional, carbohydrate rich, agricultural products. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Pa-Leo
If you want to know more about how the pet food industry operates, how well (or not!) it's regulated, what we know about nutrition for dogs and cats, the impact of the pet food... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Sue Brown
I am a 'just the facts' guy and was startled that anyone could give this book less than 4 stars. It is an amazingly comprehensive look at dog and cat food available on shelves... Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by d_javaman