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Wellness: Healthy Living
Pet Food Politics: Know Where Your Dog's Food Comes From
Interview with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim on the state of canine nutrition
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, is one of America’s best-known critics of food safety and nutrition. The author of Food Politics and What to Eat as well as a popular columnist and blogger, she is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. In 2007, she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, PhD, professor and provost emeritus of Cornell University—both...
Blog: Karen B. London
Pet Food Claims Allowed to Be Deceptive
Normal advertising laws don’t apply.
The Federal Trade Commission requires that advertising can’t be deceptive and that it must be truthful. It’s not clear why this does not apply to pet foods, but apparently it doesn’t. In fact, according to the American Association of Feed Control Officials, the labels on pet foods can have qualified or unqualified claims, and these may be direct or indirect. In other words, pet food labels can...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fifi's Fishy (or Chicky) Affair
Ingredients 4 cups whole wheat flour 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth 1 5.5 oz. can skinned and boned salmon or chicken, well drained** 4 Tbsp. dried parsley 1⁄4 cup fish, safflower or olive oil 1 tsp. iodized salt Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until a paste is formed. Roll out mixture on a lightly floured cutting board until...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Puppy Stew
Ingredients 3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional) 2 cups brown rice or barley 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 6 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans 56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano 1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fido's Fricassee
Ingredients 1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey with moderate fat content) 1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, or 1.25 pounds fresh spinach leaves 1 cup cooked brown rice or barley 2 Tbsp. fish, safflower or olive oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed 2 ripe papayas, peeled, cored, mashed (may substitute canned pumpkin if papaya is unavailable) 1 tsp....
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Save Money with Homemade Dog Food
Home cooking helps you feed ’em well for less.
When suppertime rolls around, there’s nothing like a healthy home-cooked meal. This is true not only for the human members of your family, but for your dog as well. Cooking for your canine companion has many benefits, including fewer preservatives and additives, more varied and potentially better ingredients and, of course, more interest for the canine palate. Homemade meals may even make it...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
10 Myths and Misperceptions About Homemade Dog Food
Nutritionwise
It’s been two years since the first melamine-related pet food recall, and during that time, more dog lovers than ever have decided to turn to homemade diets—cooked or raw—as insurance against potential problems with commercial products. Is a homemade diet really insurance? Yes, it can be, assuming it’s nutritionally balanced and takes into account your dog’s breed, age, weight, activity and...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Bowl Bailout
One-time offer aims to get free chow to dogs in need.
The folks at Dogswell, a pet food company in Los Angeles, are reaching out to Americans who’ve been stung by the economic downtown/collapse/crisis (take your pick) by offering a free bag of dry dog food to the first 10,000 eligible people to submit a Bow-Wow Bailout redemption form, through May 15, 2009. It’s about time dogs got a little piece of the recovery action. We love a marketing strategy...
Blog: Guest Posts
Better Than Liverwurst
Is dog food just pâté by another name?
“Tastes like dog food” may not be the insult you think. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, only 3 of 18 human participants in a blind taste test were able to identify dog food from among samples of pâté, liverwurst, Spam and Newman’s Own dog food. While I think this says more about the competition than about dog food, the results highlight something we all suspect about taste—that it’...
Blog: Karen B. London
FDA Investigates Nutro Dog Food
Illnesses may be linked to food. UPDATED.
[Editor's Note: ConsumerAffairs.com has reported that the FDA is denying reports of an investigation into Nutro, contradicting individuals who say they have been contacted about Nutro by FDA investigators, as well as others in the FDA. We'll keep following this story. Meanwhile, readers have posted some interesting comments including an inside perspective from someone who claims to be a former...

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