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On April 11, 2014

Dog food logic

Insightful advice for consumers (and industry!)

Those who know me are aware that I am rarely inclined toward the use of superlatives. On this occasion, however, I will definitively opine that Dog Food Logic Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices by Linda P. Case, MS (Dogwise Publishing, 2014) is the most compelling book I have ever read on the subject. In fact, I am jealous, in that I wish that I had written it!

Dog Food Logic is not  your typical book on canine nutrition (although, by the way, the author has also contributed to such endeavors in the past). As such, it is not intended as a thoroughly cited reference source for professionals to look up specific facts about the nutritional needs of dogs. It also is not your run-of-the-mill “nutrition” book geared towards the average consumer, which more often than not is replete with off-handed opinions about what foods or ingredients are good and what are bad, and makes promises of your dog’s continued health and vitality as long as you follow its precise instructions.

It does not provide a neatly-packed answer to the question, “what should I feed my dog?” Rather, this book takes a decidedly different tack: Given the plethora of choices on the market, how should the reader evaluate dog foods and decide what is best to feed in his/her situation?

You know the book is different in its first chapters. Specifics about nutrition are not even addressed until almost a quarter of…

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