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Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food Paperback – July 23, 2008
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Ann has a B.A. in business from the University of Western Ontario, and later worked in a tax office for many years. This background has been helpful in her ongoing research and writing on the commercial pet food industry. She received a journalism award from "Project Censored" at Sonoma State University for her investigative reporting on the commercial pet food industry.
Ann loves her animal companions---"No doubt about it," she often says with her distinct Canadian accent. Presently, she cooks for her Newfoundland, Kodi, and her Siamese cats, Harry and Willy. She continues to research and write about pet-related issues in addition to tending her organic garden and growing herbs and flowers. Yes, she uses many of her homegrown ingredients in her home-cooked meals for her lucky dog and cats!
Top Customer Reviews
One of my cats died far too young of cancer. I always wanted all four of them to eat better but advertising has scared us to death of giving our pets anything good for them. Thanks to Ms. Martin's book, I now cook for my other three cats. They are thriving. (The difference in their coats, demeanor, etc. was obvious almost immediately. If you don't cook, there are natural brands, with real meat, on the market like Innova and PetGuard to name just two.) It's hard to get people to change, I suppose, but if you want additional information, please also read THE NATURE OF ANIMAL HEALING by Martin Goldstein, D.V.M. Not only does he back up Ms. Martin's findings, being a vet, he's able to explain in great detail the health implications of poor diets. Apparently, he sees it every day in his practice. There are other books here at Amazon.com on the subject which I haven't read yet.
As to raw vs. cooked, there really are two very distinct opinions on this.Read more ›
First of all, it needs to be said that while cooking the meat can indeed destroy bacteria and parasites (as well as destroying valuable enzymes and changing the meat's molecular structure), cooking does *not* destroy the antibiotics, pesticides, artificial growth hormones, etc., as Martin claims. The only way to avoid these harmful substances is to stop supporting factory farming and buy ethically raised, organic meats. Yes, such meat is more expensive, but personally I'd rather pay more and know that I'm not supporting the needless torture of animals and the destruction of the environment. At this point you may wonder why we feed our dogs meat at all. Well, the humans in our house are indeed longtime vegetarians, but dogs are carnivores and while they can survive on a properly supplemented vegetarian diet, such a species inappropriate diet is far from ideal. Our family's GWPs have been thriving on a diet based on raw meats and bones for thirty years now. While it's been my experience that raw diets are indeed preferable for most dogs, there are certainly cases where cooked diets are more appropriate. Some dogs -- usually due to certain medical conditions -- simply do not do well on a raw diet, and in such cases a homecooked diet is the best option.
Unfortunately the recipes offered by Ms. Martin are not properly balanced.Read more ›
Cats and dogs in pet food? How can this be? Ms. Martin explains how domestic pets, zoo animals, and road kill end up in pet food, along with many other ingredients unfit for human consumption.
No wonder our pets die so young! I started feeding fresh foods nearly 8 years ago, and my dogs are living longer, healthier lives because of it. After reading Ms. Martin's book, I now know exactly why I have been feeding fresh food.
We all believe that the "government" regulates everything and ensures safety and efficacy. Not so with pet foods, where the only regulation is voluntary industry-based regulation. The definitions and permissable ingredients are clearly laid out and explained in this book. Knowing the definition of "brewers rice" or "byproducts" is important. I find myself referring back to this book over and over to look up definitions of label ingredients, as I help other pet owners sort out their companions' diets.
There are some good brands of pet food, that use healthy ingredients. This book will help you recognize those brands by reading the labels, so that even if you choose not to cook for your pet(s), you can provide a health diet.
I do wish that Ms. Martin had eschewed the recipes and instead referred readers to other books for guidance on feeding a fresh raw diet to their companion animals. But that section will not stop me from recommending this book to everyone I know.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book. If you really want to read my review, see it on PROTECT YOUR PETS: MORE SHOCKING FACTS by Ann Martin. If you don't want to pay for it, get it from your library.Published 1 month ago by Too many books, never enuf time!
A well needed wake up call for people who think that there pets are "fine" on commercial pet food.
skip the part on her diets, however, they are not accurate. Read more
Information was good to begin the book but page after page of talking about the potential of having cats and dogs in the rendering process was a bit much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by swtchgr
I learned so much from this book. If you own a cat or a dog, you MUST read this book. It'll save your pet's life.Published 7 months ago by Jacataqua
A must have for any pet owner. Never believe the commercials on TV or the product offered in your Vets office. Look at all the recalls.Published 9 months ago by Sherrie R Strachan