Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Pets - 384 pages
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Human nutrition expert and author of the critically acclaimed What to Eat, Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., has joined forces with Malden C. Nesheim, Ph.D., a Cornell animal nutrition expert, to write Feed Your Pet Right, the first complete, research-based guide to selecting the best, most healthful foods for your cat or dog.

Human nutrition expert and author of the critically acclaimed What to Eat, Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., has joined forces with Malden C. Nesheim, Ph.D., a Cornell animal nutrition expert, to write Feed Your Pet Right, the first complete, research-based guide to selecting the best, most healthful foods for your cat or dog. A comprehensive and objective look at the science behind pet food, it tells a fascinating story while evaluating the range of products available and examining the booming pet food industry and its marketing practices. Drs. Nestle and Nesheim also present the results of their unique research into this sometimes secretive industry. Through conversations with pet food manufacturers and firsthand observations, they reveal how some companies have refused to answer questions or permit visits. The authors also analyze food products, basic ingredients, sources of ingredients, and the optimal ways to feed companion animals. In this engaging narrative, they explain how ethical considerations affect pet food research and product development, how pet foods are regulated, and how companies influence veterinary training and advice. They conclude with specific recommendations for pet owners, the pet food industry, and regulators. A road map to the most nutritious diets for cats and dogs, Feed Your Pet Right is sure to be a reference classic to which all pet owners will turn for years to come.
 

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Contents

introduction
1
What Pets ate
13
What Pets need
21
inventing Commercial Pet Foods
33
Pet Foods as an industry
41
Whats in those PaCkages?
55
Wet and dry
57
the ingredients
65
For Young and old
151
For special health Problems
161
For Weight loss
175
the Pet Food extras
187
alternatives to CoMMerCial Pet Feeding
223
the raw
237
the home Cooked
252
are Commercial Pet Foods healthy for Pets?
265

the rendered ingredients
81
Who sets Pet Food rules?
90
the Market
97
Whats on those labels?
99
segments
115
Products at a Premium
129
sPeCial ProduCts For target Markets
149
do Pet Food Companies influence veterinarians?
280
Concluding thoughts
301
Acknowledgments
315
resources
328
Index
363
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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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