Feed your Pet Right
The Authoritative Guide to Feeding your Dog and CatPaperback - 2010
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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Consider Hill's Pet Nutrition, the maker of Science and Prescription Diets. Hill's is closely associated with the Mark Morris Institute, a separate foundation named after the company's founder. The institute offers short courses on pet nutrition to veterinary schools, free of charge. It supplies the instructors, most of whom are members of Hill's technical staff. The institute also publishes Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, now in its fourth edition, a weighty tome of more than 1,100 pages, which Hill's freely provides to veterinary students and practicing veterinarians.
Hill's gave us a copy of this book and we understood immediately why the company is so generous. [...]
Hill's is by no means alone in investing resources in veterinarians and students.
In 2008, for example, Mars gave $3 million to the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph for the Royal Canin Veterinary Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition.
p 283 So where do most veterinary students and veterinarians learn about the nutritional needs of dogs and cats? Some may have studied animal science as undergraduates, but as we discovered, most get their nutrition education from pet food companies.
From this limited evidence, we conclude that dogs and cats can do fine on vegetarian diets if - and only if - the diets are formulated to provide nutrients that are missing or found in low amounts in plant foods. p. 233
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