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good intentions, dangerous advice
on August 9, 2009
Anything to increase peoples awareness of how flawed the commercial pet food industry is, and to encourage people to feed their pets real food of which they have full contol, is an important and needed endeavor. I loved the title, which was a take off of Fast Food Nation, a great eyeopening book. However, one piece of dangerous advice, and other inaccurate information has prompted me to write my first book review in order to prevent people who are new to this arena from buying this book and doing potential harm to their pets (people who are old hands at making food for their pets will easily pick up these flaws, and hopefully not give this book to newbies).
On page 134 it is recommended to limit water intake to pets with diarrhea. Anyone who has had to take care of puppies with parvo virus ( a deadly virus which causes diffuse watery diarrhea) would know this would be one way to quicken the demise of these patients. A common misconception is that "watery things" like canned food or water itself causes diarrhea or soft stool. It was disheartening to see this comment, as these poor animals who already have a fluid deficit from abnormal watery stools (diarrhea) need MORE water, not less. Of course they also need help finding the cause then getting some help for the problem.
Other more minor things: the first four recipes listed for dogs (which are classified as ones to be used as main/daily) are seriouly lacking in calcuim, not to mention other nutrients. The author does touch on calcium/phosphorous, and vitamns/minerals in other areas in the book, but for someone using the book as a reference before reading it cover to cover would not know this. Her arguments against fresh/uncooked(raw) diets is that they are "ick"y, she has personal reservations about the people that feed this way (they "are a bit much" ),and feels that fresh feeding is too complcated and very strict, which actually couldn't be further from the truth. Most anti-fresh/raw proponents feel that those diets aren't strict enough.
For people just starting out, please refer to a book that is tried and true, and has stood the test of time, Dr Richard Pitcairns , which is carried on Amazon:
The new Dr. Michael Fox book, Not Fit For A Dog, is a great current synopsis of the latest pet food crisis, including all the most recent recalls.