Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat” as Want to Read:
Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Feed Your Pet Right, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Feed Your Pet Right

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very well-researched book, but it tends toward the dry & academic. That would have been okay, but the information it provides is limited. For example, it tells you that years of breeding and evolution have resulted in dogs who are perfectly capable of digesting grain, so an expensive, no-grain food is not really necessary. But they don't address the common perception that not all grains are created equal, and that corn in particular is not good for your pet, while grains like barle ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Co-written by a well-respected and renowned expert in human nutrition and a professor in both animal and human nutrition, Feed Your Pet Right is the first book (that I know of) to analyze all aspects of pet food and the pet food industry. Topics covered include everything from standards and labeling to what pets need to what's in those cans and how it got there. You learn about how cats and dogs evolved to be our companions, their nutritional needs, and how closely intertwined the pet food indus ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this book with the hope that I would learn which brands were best to feed my beloved dog, or even to learn whether home-cooked food would be better for her. What I learned instead surprised me: that basically all brands of dog food, premium or otherwise, are fine because they are required to meet AAFCO and FDA standards for nutritional content (although it is important to check the label to be sure). Another interesting fact: Dogs are omnivores. I always thought dogs were carnivores that ...more
Nichole Martin
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book in pieces, picking out the chapters I was most interested in first. The book does have a lot of good information and is a great intro to pet nutrition, which is a topic that is overlooked too often.

The authors don't make any concrete conclusions for the reader or the pet owner. Rather, they supply the information with an attitude close to "here's what we can tell you, and you should make the decision you feel is best for your pet and your life." I like that. I've been interested
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you're looking to find out what these two nutritionists' opinions are on dog food in general, just skip to the last chapter called "Concluding Thoughts." This can probably be read while you're still standing in the library or book store. This book is more of a relating of secondary research (the authors did no studies themselves)and their findings. Although nicely organized, the book feels like a college essay that lacks a thesis. Being into history, I did find some of the background info on ...more
Lea Anne
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I've read a lot of canine nutrition books and they are usually pushing the higher end kibble or the raw/home cooking food. And those are great for dogs and cats but I can't afford the high end diets. So to read through this book and just get an honest opinion was refreshing. The authors did mention the high end diets, the home cooking but the book really concentrated on kibble that's available in pet stores, although not any particular brand. They just went through ingr ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was so glad to finally see a rational approach to evaluating the pet food industry. As any decent scientific review does, this work recommends many areas in need of further research. The authors summarize what is known about companion animal nutrition and the nature of the industry. Again, as any scientific examination often does, the book concludes that there are areas of the industry in need of improvement, but also that popular outcry is not universally well-founded.

In short, this book is u
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Insofar as I am able to judge, this is rigorous, evidence-based, and thorough. The authors aren't selling anything except the book, which is refreshing in an industry swamped by glamorous vets with their own branded supplements and diet plans and instructional DVDs or whatever.

If a person were to read only one book about feeding their dog or cat, I think this is probably a reasonable choice. Feed your dog a variety of foods, satisfy their nutritional requirements as outlined by a handful of basi
Amanda Bump
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this book would be fascinating even if I didn't have pets: in a way, it's simply another peak into America's food industry. I appreciated this book's combination of research and chill--the authors don't have an agenda to push other than providing information, so at the end I felt more comfortable making decisions that work for me and my cats.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cyndie by: Dr. Marty Becker
I am not 100% happy with any book out there for pet owners on pet nutrition - but at least this one is the best and most balanced one I have read so far.

It helps dispel some myths - showing byproducts are gross to us but okay for pets - maybe even more "green", safe rendered meats are no less nutritious than regular meats, and that potatoes and peas ("grain free") are no worse for pets than corn and rice.

It brings up things to be wary off - our food system is not 100% safe against mad cow, som
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book was a little repetitive, but I think it makes a few points (over and over) which are really important.

First point: By-products are not the worst thing you'll ever see on an ingredients list. They may be things that you don't want to eat yourself, but cats and dogs aren't squeamish. They are perfectly content to eat things that we think are gross. Actually, if left to their own devices, they do a lot of that, even in the best homes. We aren't competing with out pets for food and we don
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, well-researched, and detailed book on commercial pet food-- its history, analysis, and more. Nestle, a full professor of nutrition at NYU, goes into meticulous scientific detail. If you're not in the mood for that, it could be tedious. However, her breezy, light style makes the science accessible to general readers.

She discusses commercial and alternative foods, raw diets, and home cooking for both dogs and cats, showing the advantages and disadvantages of each. One of the most imp
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
This book is very informative. It focuses mostly on deciphering the labels on pet foods and exposing the startling lack of research and regulation governing pet food. The authors give their optimistic opinions about alternative foods, yet fail to really give many concrete "answers." I became interested in reading about dog food after our 7 year old dog got cancer and had to be put down. I felt surprised and unsettled that our dog would get ill so young, and wondered whether nutrition might be a ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Much like Nestle's earlier nutrition books, it's lots of thoroughly researched information, which concludes with essentially "We just don't know. Nobody knows. There needs to be more study on this. Don't trust anyone who tells you they know the right way to feed your pet, because they're lying or their data is faulty."

Basically, it seems to boil down to this (with apologies to Michael Pollan): Your cat and dog should eat AAFCO-approved food. Mostly meat. Not too much.

Do yourself a favor, and rea
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Lots of information here about pet nutrition but not a lot of direction for the pet owner trying to figure out what to give their pet. I feel more confused than ever. Nestle and co author indicate that most pet food seems okay but then also say there's not a lot of good research out there. They say it's important to watch calories for your pets but also say it's hard to figure out whether low cal food is actually low cal.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A book for every pet owner, and then some. Nestle and Nesheim demonstrate how the human food industry, and the pet food industry are deeply intertwined. The same problems that plague the human food industry, cross contamination, and recalls, also happen to pet food.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A refreshingly balanced and well researched book. A nice change from the fanaticism that surrounds pet food fads these days. Evidence is presented, and the reader is welcome to draw their own conclusions.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pets
This is so much more than a book about the pet food industry. It's a book about big food industry period. A must read for anyone who wants to know what's really in their cat or dog's food.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Overall, illogically organized information, no practical advice, unhelpful and unenlightening.
Linda D.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent introduction to pet lovers who want to feed their pets a better quality food.
rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jul 14, 2015
Debbie Mckeever
rated it liked it
Nov 13, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Feb 13, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Feb 22, 2011
Nicole Martin
rated it liked it
Aug 07, 2011
rated it it was amazing
Jul 22, 2011
Jennifer Lee
rated it liked it
Feb 05, 2014
rated it really liked it
Jul 29, 2015
Kevin Burdett
rated it it was ok
Dec 25, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms
  • The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
  • Free for All: Fixing School Food in America (California Studies in Food and Culture, 28)
  • Golden Gate Gardening: Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California
  • Puppy Primer
  • Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm
  • Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance
  • Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food
  • Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America (California Studies in Food and Culture, 8)
  • Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, & Money
  • Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old Macdonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat
  • Raw Dog Food: Make It Easy for You and Your Dog
  • Animalium
  • Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred
  • The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them
  • Auberge of the Flowering Hearth
  • Koehler Method of Dog Training
  • The Long-Legged House
Marion Nestle, Ph.D, M.P.H., is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is also a professor of Sociology at NYU and a visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.

Nestle received her BA from UC Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, after attending school there from 1954-1959. Her degrees include a Ph.D in molecular biology an