Dog diet tips – and warnings

August 18, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This will be a regularly-updated list of links to articles, books and other media about (a) dog nutrition, tips and warnings, and (b) recipes for home-made foods and snack items. If you’d like to submit a link or feedback on what you see here, email me!

General information on dog nutrition and foods: “Obesity,” “The Pet Food Label” Part 1 and 2, and “The List of Ingredients,” all by Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP. A volunteer-run site that provides in-depth background information, manufacturer profiles and comparative analyses of dog foods. Lots of interesting information on dog nutrition and related issues.

“10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs: Provide variety and a nutritional boost,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott, Modern Dog Magazine.

Drs. Foster & Smith: Noted long-term veterinarians have posted more than 2,000 articles covering a huge range of topics. Also a source of dog pharmaceutical items and accessories.

WebMD for Dogs: Probably the most well-rounded, well-designed all-around resource I’ve encountered. Gorgeous site.

Dog Food Reviews: A volunteer-run site created by dental surgeon(!) Dr. Mike Sagman, applying his scientific research skills to the task of deciphering ingredient lists and other open-source information to rate top brands of dog food.  He began the site as an outgrowth of his fury over his suspicion that “approved” food killed his beloved rescue dog.

Dog Food Insider: A new site created by dog activist Mike Rogers, that describes itself as “the place for dog food reviews and dog nutrition information.” 

Criticism of AAFCO as a standard for safety:

“What’s Really in Pet Food?,” by Born Free USA, May 2007.

“Deconstructing the Regulatory Façade: Why Confused Consumers Feed their Pets Ring Dings and Krispy Kremes,” by Justine S. Patrick, third-year student at Harvard Law School, April 2006.

Warnings – Things you should never allow your dog to eat

WebMD: “Slideshow: Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat”

Drs. Foster & Smith: “Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog”

Books on dog nutrition and foods:

“Dog Health & Nutrition for Dummies,” by M. Christine Zink, DVM PhD DACVP.

“The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love,” by Jonna Anne, Mary Straus, Shawn Messonnier.

“Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter -A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives,” by Ernest Ward DVM.


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