A Must-Read for all Pet Lovers
For decades, dog and cat owners have depended on popular commercial foods to keep their beloved animals well-fed. Until 2007, when the national pet food catastrophe left pet owners scrambling for an alternative to mass-quantity, factory-produced food.
How can you break away from your reliance on the commercial pet food industry? Pet Food Nation offers the solution: Stop feeding your pet from a bag or a can—gradually, and then permanently. Instead, let’s return to the way our ancestors fed their cherished pets since the dawn of time, with a variety of fresh and cooked foods from our own homes, the smart, simple, and healthy way.
Pet Food Nation features :
- How to transition your pet from commercial food to a healthier diet
- Six signs of dietary problems with your pet
- Why homemade food is better for your pet
- The best diet for an older pet
- What to feed your breed
- Basic easy recipes for dogs and cats
Buy this book and learn how to feed your pets properly and safely now!
About the Author
Joan Weiskopf is a nationally recognized veterinary clinical nutritionist, dog breeder, and show handler. She attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and is featured as an expert on Animal Planet.
Well written and thought out book. Also, an easy read and once you do you will know more about the welfare of your pet (and show dogs/cats) then you would have thought possible!
The beauty of this book is it is packed with solid information AND provided in a fast and fun read. I have read multiple books on this topic and this one is certainly the easiest to put into action. This book’s cat wet food recipes are quick and easy to make and of course much cheaper than “factual premium natural” or organic canned. It’s only a Sunday event of an hour or less for me to make and freeze the following week’s supply. Many of the healthier ingredients (can’t afford ALL organic ingredients, but aim for 75%) needed for the recipes can be found here on Amazon at a much cheaper price than I can get locally. I have 5 cats and a few years ago (thanks to the DVD extras on Super Size Me) started my own journey for healthier human and pet food choices. Thanks to About.com, I switched from Purina and Iiams (yes I was fooled by the hype) to Natural Balance and Castor & Pollux Organix Feline and their non-organic cat food. While I still plan to use those brands, I recently happened upon By Nature’s Organics (also make less expensive Naturals) and now this is my first choice back up supply for canned and primary source for dry food. They do not use wheat, corn or soy (Newman’s and some other “natural and organic” use soy or all 3). Although it is not found in this book, those 3 fillers are the most common allergens for cats, plus it is very challenging for their digestive systems to process those and can cause significant health issues. It is best to use oatmeal (try McCann’s-yummy for people and pets), brown rice, and barley. I stick w/ the rice and oatmeal since it is readily available in my pantry and it is easy to make extra while preparing it for myself. I also use organic coconut oil (does not turn rancid), which has amazing health benefits for people and pets alike. Sure it’s a bit of a time commitment, but after a while it becomes routine and what better way to express your love and affection?
In Pet Food Nation Weiskopf gives an overview of the pet food recall of recent months, even calling it a scandal, which I’m sure many would agree with. She wants pet owners to be informed and educated about what they feed regardless of how they choose to feed their pets. This book gives a brief overview of the recall and her views on the healthiest way to feed our pets to give them the best shot at a long and happy life. Weiskopf’s view on commercial food is that it is not the healthiest diet for our pets. She explains why she believes this is the case (explaining the use of rendered products and other ingredients) and talks about other options. While she recognizes there are many ways to feed pets…commercial, a combination of commercial and homemade, strictly homemade, raw, and so on…she encourages people to switch their pets over to homemade. She believes a diet of fresh and cooked foods is the most nutritious diet for our pets. And, if you do decide homemade is the way to go for your pet, you’ll find quite a few recipes included in the book. While her preference is to feed homemade, Weiskopf recognizes that won’t work for everyone. With that in mind, she goes into how to read a pet food label – what the placement of ingredients means, what those ingredients actually are, and what terms like lite, low-calorie, and lean actually mean. Pet Food Nation is a good book to read to get an overview of the current pet food situation and what changes you might want to consider making to your pet’s diet as a result of all the recalls. Is it the only thing you should read on pet nutrition, different ways to feed your pets, or on this year’s pet food crisis? Absolutley not, but it’s a fast read and worth reading, especially if you haven’t been watching the recall all that closely or feel a bit overwhelmed and unsure of what to feed your pet.
- Title: Pet Food Nation: The Smart, Easy, and Healthy Way to Feed Your Pet Now
- Autor: Joan Weiskopf
- Publisher (Publication Date): William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (July 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0061455008
- ISBN-13: | 978-0061455001
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