Dr. Shawn Messonnier: What’s really in your pet’s food?

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Shawn Messonnier lets you know below.

Here is our listing for great books on diet and nutrition . . . .

Food Pets Die For, 2nd Edition (2003)
This book was written by Ann N. Martin. The author investigated the pet food industry for seven years in writing this book. Her findings and facts are verified and footnoted throughout the book, revealing a shocking but truthful inside look at what is legally allowed in pet food. Her book is the first to look at this issue in depth. Veterinarian Dr. Michael W. Fox says, “Ann Martin is to the pet food industry what Rachel Carson was to the petro-chemical pesticide industry. “Gar Smith of “Earth Island Journal,” wrote, “Ann Martin’s book rips the curtain off one of the most suppressed news stories of the decade…It took courage and amazing persistence to write this astounding book.” New update discusses the contents and manufacture of commercial pet foods. Claims that pet foods contain road kill, contaminated meat, toxic chemicals, and so on. Also has a fairly large section of nutritious, easy recipes for homemade pet foods and other tips for healthy pets. Recipes seem to be good.

Protect Your Pet: More Shocking Facts (2001)
From Ann Martin, the author of “Food Pets Die For.” Talks about the dangers of commercial pet foods, the raw meat diet controversy (she is totally opposed to Dr. Billinghurst’s BARF diet), excessive vaccinations, increased cancer in pets, and provides healthy recipes and resources.

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats Third Edition (2005)
By Richard & Susan Pitcairn. Updated and expanded, How to choose a healthy animal, dozens of recipes for delicious, economical, healthful pet food–with completely updated tables, charts and nutritional guidelines, how to give your pet a checkup, what’s really in pet foods–and which ones to avoid to ensure your pet’s best health, special diets for special pets, a guide to handling emergencies that includes techniques for external heart massage, artificial respiration and control of bleeding, plus a Quick Reference section that gives specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders. Approach is drug-free and holistic with special attention to homeopathic and alternative remedies and treatments.

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: The Healthful Alternative
This book was written by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD and published by Iowa State University Press in January 1999. It is a first-of-its-kind nutrition and dietetics book. There are over 200 computer balanced recipes to provide complete nutrition for healthy or unhealthy pets. And, nutrient content data is given for each recipe, including proteins, fats, and calories.

The Allergy Solution for Dogs: Natural and Conventional Therapies to Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Dog’s Quality of Life (July 2000)
Written by Holistic veterinarian Dr. Shawn Messonnier. When your dog is constantly scratching and uncomfortable, you need answers. If the problem is allergies, this book can help you provide the best care possible for your beloved companion. The book focuses on the pros and cons of natural and conventional treatments, as you will discover: The benefits of nutritional supplements such as antioxidants and fatty acids; How to reduce or eliminate the use of steroids and antihistamines; The benefits of herbal therapy and acupuncture; and, ·Diet and nutrition tips for dogs of all ages.

Ultimate Diet: Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats (1998)
By Kymythy Schultze. Natural nutrition for dogs and cats. Contents include: species-appropriate nutrition, basic food groups, making the meal, snacks, treats and travel, herbs and green food, cautionary foods, making the switch, anti-cancer diet, pregnancy, puppies and kittens, seniors, food sources of nutrients, and an extremely valuable resource, Holistic Animal Yellow Pages.

K9 Kitchen – Your Dog’s Diet: The Truth Behind The Hype (2002)
By Monica Segal. Debunks many of the myths surrounding canine diets by showing that each dog is an individual with unique nutritional requirements. Provides a starting point and then shows ways to modify diets for dogs with problems ranging from pickiness to chronic medical problems. Packed with facts and studies, but still contains simple advice for feeding the family dog. Case histories, also how to individualize a diet for your own dog!

Feeding Your Dog For Life (2002)
By Diane Morgan. The real facts about proper nutrition. More and more people are becoming convinced that proper nutrition is one secret to a long and happy canine life. The absolutely optimal diet for dogs is a home-prepared one which is nutritionally balanced and customized for the dog’s age, breed, activity level, and health. This book will explain exactly how to achieve that. For the many people who have neither the time nor the inclination to prepare a home-cooked diet for their pets, the book examines various commercial diets, and tells the reader how to select the best one for their own dog and situation. It also shows how to spice up a dog’s diet without having to spend hours in the kitchen doing so.

Reigning Cats and Dogs 2nd Edition (2002)
By Pat McKay. New edition devoted to giving you the necessary information on feeding your cats and dogs with fresh, wholesome foods. You will be able to provide a nutrition program for your animals which will solve many of their ailments, such as skin & coat disorders, allergies, arthritis, ear and eye problems, liver, kidney and bladder dysfunction, weight problems, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, fleas, parasites and more. Once your pet is receiving the proper nutrition, you will see all the difference in the world even if you thought your pet was already healthy! Tips on detoxification and fasting as well.

Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives (1999)
By Ruth Winter. Definitions for the layman of ingredients harmful and desirable found in packaged foods. This is a book designed for human food consumption but is also applicable to dogs and cats. Essential for anyone who wants to make informed, healthier choices at the supermarket and at the table.