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The commercial pet food industry has a secret to hide
— and Ann Martin wants to make sure you know it. Her research
reveals some startling facts: that the pet food industry conducts animal
testing in order to improve their product, and includes euthanized cats
and dogs in the mix to heighten protein content. In this revised and
updated edition, Martin continues to explore the shocking processes by
which commercial pet foods are produced. She offers alternative recipes
for feeding pets, nutritional advice, and an exploration of "Pet
Peeves," in which she explores several scams aimed at pet owners. This
groundbreaking book gives us a glimpse into exactly what we are doing
when we buy pet food.

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Reviews for Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food:

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April 5, 2008

Crazy lady writes a book
I am a veterinary student and read this book for a project. I could not believe the inaccuracies that this author presents in her book. She bases all of her "facts" on emails and assumptions. First, there are no antibiotics in your meat! There is a little thing called the "withdrawal period" for all drugs used in food animals. Cows cannot go to slaughter until the antibiotics are out of their systems. This is a law. The withdrawal periods are established when drugs are created and approved by the FDA. Second, the amount of hormones that are put into cattle are so minimal that they cannot do you or your pets any harm! One 3 oz piece of steak contains approx. 1.9 ng (that is .0000000019 g) of estrogen. A 3 oz portion of cabbage contains 2000 ng of estrogen. The average man produces 136,000 ng of estrogen everyday! So what is 1.9 ng going to do to you, really. Third, yes, pet food companies use rendered meat in their foods. However, they also cook the meat at extremely high temperatures and pressures to kill the bacteria, spores, and parasites. I would like to see fresh meat used in pet food, but until consumers are are willing to pay twice as much for dog food, that is not going to happen. And finally, homemade diets are a bad idea. Raw meat contains deadly bacteria, parasites, and more. Plus the bones are an intestinal obstruction just waiting to happen. There are many many other problems with this book that I could go on about, but my review is long enough. So you may read this book for fun, but realize that the majority of it is just fiction and should be dismissed.
1

June 10, 2005

Oh puleeeaassee!!!
I cannot get over how horrible this book was. As a soon-to-be veterinarian, with more classroom and clinic hours than I care to count, this book made me just plain MAD. A number of my classmates read it and after hearing them all ranting and complaining about this mad woman I had to read the book for myself. Surely she couldn't be THAT out of control? At first she almost got me, she starts off all of her main points with good solid scientific fact, but then she skews off into Never-never land with all kinds of strange theories that have no scientific or medical basis. Let's face facts here folks. Yes, some pet foods are horrendous.(Please, don't feed your dog Old Roy.) But some pets are going to get cancer at an early age, just like humans, for no reason other than simple genetics or plain old bad luck. The biggest food related problem we see today in our pets is flat out, run of the mill obesity. This is what is causing the most problems and deaths in our pets today. It's VERY hard to get a home cooked meal that properly provides all of the nutrients that our pets need and as a result they can end up with a multitude of health problems that will lead to an early death. They are not like the wild animals they derived from centuries ago simply because we've domesticated them! Not to mention that raw diets can have a host of parasites (never mind the antibiotics and pesticides) that can kill painfully and slowly. I BEG YOU, DO NOT TAKE THIS BOOK SERIOUSLY. THIS WOMAN IS A CRACK POT!! I plan on vigorously telling any client that asks me about it to not read it! More harm than good would result in the long run.
3

March 13, 2006

There is a pet food out there that is all natural and contains no chicken by-products!!!
The book is okay, however fails to mention that not all of the pet foods out there are owned and operated by huge conglomerates and. Nutro Products contains no chicken or poultry by-products( heads, feets, and guts) and is guaranteed to improve skin and coat for both dogs and cats. It is also the number one selling food in pet stores nationwide. It is one of the last privately oiwned and operated pet food companies in the world. Hmmm wonder why.
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November 19, 2009

Don't waste your money
I was very interested to read this book as a concerned pet owner. However, I was very disappointed by the contents. The book is full of opinion and conjectures, with very little fact presented. The suggestion that you should cook a whole chicken to feed your cats is simple silly to me. To me, this book is equivalent to reading radical websites with misinformation. If you have to read this book, at least save yourself the money and borrow it from the public library like I did.
4

March 10, 2007

Believe it! They are dying!!
A must read!! Very informative ,factual ,easy to read and understand. I have read many books on the subject and I am very informed myself so I am confident Ms. Martin has done her homework and knows what she is talking about. With that said I don't agree with everything she says. She does not believe in feeding raw meats and bones. I do understand her points and anyone feeding raw meats and bones and processing it themselves is taking a chance. However there are companies that make patties that are completely safe. With that said I find her book to be well organized going over every detail so completely you will not be left wondering what it was about!!! Take chapter one for instance. "What Goes Into Commercial Pet Food." She covers EVERY ingredient you will find on a pet food label and breaks it down and explains exactly what it is. She does this throughout the book making it so easy to understand. My copy of the book is full of highlights!! Chapter ten "Recipes For Cats And Dogs." Recipes are well researched and are nutritiously complete but I would have liked for there to be more recipes included. All in all this is a great book even though the subject matter is so very heartbreaking.
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May 30, 2010

Stick to the kids' books.
I call complete BS on Ann M. Martin. This book is a bunch of BALONEY. She bases NONE of her conjectures on any facts what-so-ever, just hearsay and personal opinion. It's sensational crap. She needs to stick to writing children's books and stop using these scare-tactics and misinformation to make a name for herself. Veterinarians sell dog carcasses to dog food companies? PUH-LEASE.
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February 10, 2013

Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food
Have you glanced at this book. I checked it out at the book store. Honestly she seemed from the thumbing through this book for about 30 minute and to be perfectly honest it seemed to be more of a radical writing a very bios book. I know after thumbing through it- I decided it was a BIG WASTE OF MONEY. This book seemed very similar to another book I had looked at (I forget the name of it since it was a while ago) but that book had something to do with I became a vegitarian and will not eat meat. Seems that Ms. Martin would rather write a title with a shocking factor and then write a very bias story. Yes, you need to research your dog food and decide what is the best dog food to feed your dog, but writing stuff like this seemed to me just a way to get her 15 minutes of claim.

I had really hoped this book would of been more about how to determine the good and the bad dog food.
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June 6, 2012

review of pet food industry - good but not convinced of conclusions
This book looks into the pet food industry. Though there are some similarities between this book and the Feed Your Pet Right book by Nestle/Nesheim, you will hear very different conclusions in the two books. My guess is that the truth lies somewhere in between. Read both books to get a better idea of what might really be going on.
5

December 26, 2014

I read and believed it and now my dogs are 16 and 17 (one died from an injury) and in good health while all my neighbors dog's (
When I got my first dogs (3) I got this thinking it was a cookbook (the back part is). I read and believed it and now my dogs are 16 and 17 (one died from an injury) and in good health while all my neighbors dog's (6 of them) have not live past 10 years and all have died of cancer or some kind of tumor. They just do not understand it when I say I do not feed my dogs dog food. They just believe cancer in young dogs is normal, very sad what industry does to us and our dogs.

This book will save you $1,000s in vet bills and your dog will live a lot longer. Just wished this was required reading for dog owners, there would be a lot less animal suffering in the world. sniff sniff

Please save a dog - read this and believe it. Real food makes real dogs.

I thank god that I read this book. I love my dogs very much so I am glad I read this and follow her directions.
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April 23, 2013

Review
I was disappointed. It seems that the author is a fan of the raw diet and many people do not have the time to prepare this type of diet for their dogs.
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October 9, 2013

Opened my eyes even further!!
I've known that pretty much most commercial dog food was bad, but I really didn't know HOW bad it was. After the 2007 recall mess, I thought that all of my research leading me to a "premium" dog food meant we were in good hands. After the addition of our newest adopted Greyhound, we were faced with some boo boo tummy issues. I found myself online again looking for another "premium" food, but it wasn't until our vet had me put our young man on Royal Canin (the other foods weren't working) that I finally decided that I need to be cooking for my dogs. The first three ingredients of that food sent me running back to get online and start searching. There are a lot of good books out there, but Ann has been at this for awhile, and many of her facts confirmed what I hoped wasn't true. So much of it all makes sense now when I think back. Also, I grew up the daughter of a butcher, so when Ann talks about the slaughter houses and rendering plants, I have no doubts in what she is saying. I've actually been vegetarian for eight years now (with vegan training wheels) because of what I know what goes on in those places convinced me that I needed to change my eating habits. Why not for my dogs, too? This is an excellent book to start with as it gives great info on why you need to start cooking for your own. You probably already know that you need to do this because you're searching reading material out. This is definitely a book to have in your pet food library!
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September 21, 2010

Interesting Exploration of the Pet Food Industry and Cooking for Pets
Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food by Ann N. Martin exposes the problems with commercial pet food. She explains the pet food regulations and where they fail. She reveals the truth about the ingredient labels on pet food. Her investigation discovered misleading labels, problem chemicals, ineffective vitamin and mineral additives, the actual nutritional value lost by the process of preparing the food, the use of unfit food and foodlike substances to make pet food, and the heartbreaking experimentation pet companies perform on animals. The chapter on experimentation shocks, horrifies, and saddens anyone who cares for animals. She also reveals the extent of the cover ups involved in the pet food recalls of recent years. Food Pets Die For provides a solution for feeding pets nutritious, tasty, and filling food. Martin explains the benefits of homemade food for pets and provides easy to make recipes for food for both cats and dogs. Food Pets Die For is an eye-opening, well written, expose on the pet food industry that will leave pet lovers more informed as well as questioning marketing claims and possibly even some veterinarians.
5

April 20, 2015

A "must read" for all pet owners.
A "must read" for all pet owners. The contents of most commercial pet foods are truly horrific (as the book explains in detail) so be prepared to start cooking for your pet after reading this book. Undertaking this may sound daunting but it's not so bad really. We have three large dogs who are now eating freshly prepared human-grade food twice per day. We recommend a book of pet recipes (available on Amazon) called Feed Your Best Friend Better. You can see the improvement in their coats and energy, not to mention their enthusiasm for a varied diet. We cook multiple meals at a time and freeze some for later in the week. Remember it is your pets health we are talking about here. They deserve to be fed properly and are worth the trouble.
5

March 5, 2014

You'll hate this book
This book tells the story you really never wanted to know about why pet food smells terrible. Even the good stuff. We were shocked to learn why our pets have had shorter life spans than we expected. We hated to learn why our vet bills are so exorbitant. Most people believe good nutrition is essential to good health. Why do we believe our life companion pets are any different? Why do we accept kidney disease, arthritis and cancer in our pets, keeping them alive at great expense when we could spend less money feeding them nutritious foods, see them suffer less, and live longer as well?
This book could cause you to think about changing their lives.
3

July 8, 2013

good
It was scary to think I have been bascially poisoning my animals over the years with some of my choices
3

July 27, 2015

Catchy title but not a lot of substance
Information was good to begin the book but page after page of talking about the potential of having cats and dogs in the rendering process was a bit much. There was a large section dedicated to what to feed your pet which can be easily found else where. The title is certainly catchy and you expect to find some surprising information but as the reading went on I lost interest and the book lost value.
3

November 13, 2013

Not as updated as it claims it is
This book isn't as "updated" as it claims it is. I was disappointed, thinking that it was going to be a different book than the predecessor version of the same title.
5

Feb 04, 2009

Shocking information about the pet food industry in the United States. There are periodic mentions of other pet food manufacturing processes, to include: United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan, but for the most part this book dealt with the United States.

Who regulates the Pet Food Industry in the U.S.? Basically, the pet food industry has been left to regulate themselves. There is not a single organization that oversees this billion dollar business. And NO ONE regulates what goes into pet food. Shocking information about the pet food industry in the United States. There are periodic mentions of other pet food manufacturing processes, to include: United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan, but for the most part this book dealt with the United States.

Who regulates the Pet Food Industry in the U.S.? Basically, the pet food industry has been left to regulate themselves. There is not a single organization that oversees this billion dollar business. And NO ONE regulates what goes into pet food. Period. There are some regulations for labeling, but many have figured ways around the "ingredients."

"Splitting" is used by some to hide the fact that their product contains a lot of corn. Manufacturers will use different terms for the same product to get out of showing a product, corn for instance, is the highest ingredient. Manufacturers will put corn-meal, and other names for corn throughout the ingredients...tricky and deceptive.

I was horrified to read that euthanized pets, road kill, diseased farm animals, dead zoo animals, etc are sent to "rendering" plants and processed for pet food. Collars, tags, flea collars, plastic bags and all. I thought they were sent to land fills. Nope. Turns out that euthanized animals contain the barbituate pentobarbital and if the animal is not buried very deep or cremated any animals (birds, etc) will die eating them.

A story of a man that buried his pet 10' in the ground was later dug up by a mamma bear and her two cubs. They were found dead and tests said pentobarbital poisoning.

Veterinarians have started conducting their own studies as to why pentobarbital is not working like is used to. What they learned was pets are eating this product in small doses are becoming resistant to it.

Per the author of this book, many pet food manufacturers deny using euthanized dogs and cats in pet food; however, undercover agents have learned this is not true. When some were finally forced to prove their ingredients did not contain dog or cat DNA it could not be proved because when cooked at 275 DNA is lost. But, evidence of pentobarbital was there and it came from euthanized animals.

Currently, most of the large manufacturers no longer deny they have no dogs or cats in their products but state they make every effort not to. Except people are still tracking large trucks of pet bodies all the way to rendering plants that are usually located very near large pet food plants. Trucks are seen leaving rendering plants to pet food plants on a regular basis.

Also, diseased cows and other animals with liver disease, etc are slaughtered for pet food. Shavings from chicken pens, feces from chickens--including pine shavings--hogs, cows and other animals are used for pet food. Manufacturers also add--massive quantities--of synthetic vitamins. They tend to overspread it and if not mixed well one batch can contain harmful amounts of synthetic Vit K (which is a known cancer causing ingredient) or D, or zinc that can kill or make pets very sick.

The March 2007 pet massive pet food recall was a big eye-opener for me. I remember when the news first announced a problem with one brand, then another, then another: turned out to be 195 brands. Why? Because they all got a portion of their contents from the same place. Whether it was Science Diet or Ole Roy, the basic ingredients were the same, just the packaging and price varied.

A private lab ran tests to find out what was in the food that the pet food companies continued to state they didn't know. What was found: rat poison.

Most veterinarians are not trained in pet nutrition and are just as guilty as some of our medical doctors of learning about drugs from the very companies that sell them. Veterinarians and veterinarian schools are "bought" into promoting high-cost "healthy" pet foods that are no more healthy than the cheapest dog food at the local discount store.

A few veterinarians are trained in pet nutrition. They've had to seek this training OUTSIDE of vet school, though. Right now the large pet food manufacturers are buying their way into veterinarian offices by sponsoring veterinary schools, etc.

I was horrified to read the animal research that many of the major pet food manufacturers conduct--in secret--on animals all in the name of pet food. No way! Proctor and Gamble are one of the worst. Undercover agents found horrific evidence that just made me sick.

The author explains how the pet food industry turns its wheels to produce pet food. She provides where she got her information and when companies did not respond to her. She has had to invoke the Freedom of Information Act on many--repeatedly--to receive evasive responses in over a year's time or none at all.

The large pet food manufacturers have refused to allow people inside their plants stating "trade secrets."

The author does list several organic pet food companies that she considers to be okay--for now. For now? Because these companies change ownership quickly. One that may be okay now, may get bought by Hills or another and keep the same label. Be aware.

She recommends contacting a manufacturer of organic pet food and asking them:

1) Do you manufacture all your product in your plant?

This is crucial because most of the large scale pet food manufacturers import ingredients from CHINA and then that ingredients doesn't have to be included on the package.

She includes a few website to subscribe to for updates, recalls, etc.

2) Do you experiment on animals?

The author stresses that the best pet food for our pets is our food. She includes a list of foods and suggested feeding times and a list of foods NOT to feed animals: grapes, raisins, chocolate, avocados, etc.

Basically, if we eat healthy food, our pets can most likely eat it too. The author gives her pets a bowl of oatmeal in the morning with small amount of fruit or cooked meat. She doesn't recommend giving pork to dogs because it causes stomach upset. She recommends cooking all meat because it decreases bacteria even though kills some of the good protein pets need.

She feeds her pets cut-up apple chunks, celery, etc for snacks.

There are several recipes for dogs and cats in the back that are very simple. Dog cookies, etc.

She repeats information in the book--a lot--but I assume it is for people not reading the entire book, but chapters here and there. For the most part, she says pet food manufacturing launched a large scare campaign to scare us into NOT feeding our pets human food. NOT TRUE.

Dogs were actually meant to live into their 20's. Yet because of their diets, they rarely come close to that. ...more
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January 23, 2018

Every Pet owner should have this book
Thank God for the work of this author If you love your pets get this book to know how to keep them healthy and what is making them sick.
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September 11, 2013

Pretty good read
A bit underwhelming, but some useful information. Not sure I would have bought it if I had read it before.
3

February 16, 2013

Foods Pets Die For
The book contains a lot of important information. I guess I was expecting something with a little more depth to it.
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Jan 17, 2010

Ann N. Martin exposes a number of problems that she has uncovered in the pet food industry. She gathered information by making a number of calls and collecting "facts". The problem with her conclusions, however, is that they are circumstantial. For example,a phone call that is not returned, does not mean that there are unsavory practices going on, simply that heads of companies do not necessarily have the time to indulge a conspiracy theorist.

Martin makes many claims about certain ingredients Ann N. Martin exposes a number of problems that she has uncovered in the pet food industry. She gathered information by making a number of calls and collecting "facts". The problem with her conclusions, however, is that they are circumstantial. For example,a phone call that is not returned, does not mean that there are unsavory practices going on, simply that heads of companies do not necessarily have the time to indulge a conspiracy theorist.

Martin makes many claims about certain ingredients contained in foods which simply do not occur. One argument says that rendered pets (collars included) are used in pet foods. According to regulations, this practice is not allowed - all ingredients have specific definitions when listed on the ingredient panels (and that definition includes what components can and cannot be a part of that description). Because of these regulations, a number of the situations she describes simply cannot occur.

Another complaint of Martin's is the use of pets in studies and experiments. While these practices may seem unsavory, the fact is, it is necessary. Controlled experiments are the only way that scientists and nutritionists can gain information on nutrient requirements for dogs and cats. Without these studies, we would not know how to properly formulated foods for them, which may help others live long healthy lives. Throughout experiments animals are treated humanely, their needs are taken care of, they have regular veterinary care, and tests avoid pain and discomfort to the animal. All of these points are forgotten or ignored in her book.

Martin does include in her book useful information about nutrients and how they contribute to the overall health of the pet. She also includes several recipes that an owner can prepare for his or her pet; however, there is no information about the nutrient component of the foods. There is no evidence that any of the recipes were formulated by a veterinary nutritionist; and, many of them are deficient in nutrients needed by pets.

Martin herself, is simply known for her distaste of commercial pet foods. While she is a known writer on the topic, her background, at least from the "About the Author" section of her book does not include any formal training in the area of nutrition, let alone pet nutrition. She has a B.A. in business, not even in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or any other scientific area that may pertain to pets or pet industry. ...more
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Aug 14, 2015

Wow! Scary, sad, moving reading.
Although this is primarily concerned with the U.S. market it is thought-provoking for NZ as well.
It has proven to be an insight into a field of our lives that we probably don't often consider.
It is well written and paced, doesn't overload with masses of technical jargon but keeps it accessible as well as being grounded in scientific research.
An highly recommended read.
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Jun 01, 2010

Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food by Ann N. Martin exposes the problems with commercial pet food. She explains the pet food regulations and where they fail. She reveals the truth about the ingredient labels on pet food. Her investigation discovered misleading labels, problem chemicals, ineffective vitamin and mineral additives, the actual nutritional value lost by the process of preparing the food, the use of unfit food and foodlike substances to make pet food, and the Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food by Ann N. Martin exposes the problems with commercial pet food. She explains the pet food regulations and where they fail. She reveals the truth about the ingredient labels on pet food. Her investigation discovered misleading labels, problem chemicals, ineffective vitamin and mineral additives, the actual nutritional value lost by the process of preparing the food, the use of unfit food and foodlike substances to make pet food, and the heartbreaking experimentation pet companies perform on animals. The chapter on experimentation shocks, horrifies, and saddens anyone who cares for animals. She also reveals the extent of the cover ups involved in the pet food recalls of recent years. Food Pets Die For provides a solution for feeding pets nutritious, tasty, and filling food. Martin explains the benefits of homemade food for pets and provides easy to make recipes for food for both cats and dogs. Food Pets Die For is an eye-opening, well written, expose on the pet food industry that will leave pet lovers more informed as well as questioning marketing claims and possibly even some veterinarians.
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Jul 19, 2008

A friend of mine who is becoming a vegan and is very concerned about animal rights gave me this book to read after I told her about my ordeal with my two Siamese cats becoming sick after the Menu foods recall last year. I must say that what was in this book didn't surprise me after my research of all the horrible things in pet food. I really don't have the time to cook for my cats, which this book clearly advocates. (I barely have time to cook for myself and my husband). But I am very careful A friend of mine who is becoming a vegan and is very concerned about animal rights gave me this book to read after I told her about my ordeal with my two Siamese cats becoming sick after the Menu foods recall last year. I must say that what was in this book didn't surprise me after my research of all the horrible things in pet food. I really don't have the time to cook for my cats, which this book clearly advocates. (I barely have time to cook for myself and my husband). But I am very careful now to purchase only organic pet foods from reliable companies and I look at the ingredients closely. This book gives you descriptions of what some of these ingredients really are, and what to look out for and stay away from. ...more

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