- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat Paperback – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
“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.
Top customer reviews
I was very pleased to see that the authors of this book only pay attention to what science can tell us about how different foods are digested by our pets, and how well the nutrition of those foods is absorbed in their bodies. Their findings are based in research, not in opinion.
You might say that the authors display the courage of their lack of conviction. They must have known they would be set upon by carnivorous critics upon publication. People nowadays advance their theories of animal and human nutrition with a fervor once reserved for religious doctrines, and raw food adherents, grain-free advocates, and premium food aficionados have set upon them with a vengeance, as can be seen in some of the reviews and comments on this site. However, as Nestle & Nesheim note, there is still a lot to learn about animal nutrition, and it is lack of real knowledge that allows the furious clash of opinions. Rigorous scientific investigation may someday establish the facts, leaving little room for opinion about what the best foods are, but that day is still to come. In reading the book, I was shocked to see how little research has been done that is rigorous, peer-reviewed, and unbiased.
I do have a few minor matters to grumble about. 1) Although the book is 376 pages long, the authors say almost nothing about taste. Humans eat for enjoyment, not just for vitamins and minerals, and so do pets. What do dogs and cats like best? The book is essentially silent on this matter. 2) Statements like "We discuss this in more detail later" occur too often throughout the book. This is a mere stylistic oddity, but I found it obtrusive after a while. It made it seem like the content was continually receding as I read. 3) There is too much appendicized material to suit me. As one who has written scholarly material, I understand the need for appendices in academic writing. However, when I finish the last chapter of a book for the general reader, I want to be done.
These quibbles notwithstanding, I recommend FEED YOUR PET RIGHT highly. While it won't convert the devotees, it can salve the consciences of the rest of us. The authors believe that pet owners should feed what feels right to them. If you want to feed homemade food, raw food, or vegetarian fare, you are free to do so. However, those of us who often grab a few cans of Friskies at the supermarket can stop feeling vaguely guilty. Most commercial diets will do.