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Host Diane Bassett welcomed guest Dennis Sanfillipo, COO and co-founder of dog food company Steve's Real Food for a discussion of dog nutrition, kibbles, and alternative natural diets, both prepared and home-made.



Want to read up on dog nutrition? Here are some great links:

Books:

"Give Your Dog a Bone” by Dr. Billinghurst, DVM ISBN 0-646-16028-1
"Grow Your Puppy with Bones” by Dr. Billinghurst, DVM ISBN 0-958592500
"The Ultimate Diet - Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats" by Kymythy Schultze ISBN 0-9664749-1-0
"The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care" by CJ Puotinen ISBN 0-87983-979-7
"The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat” by Juliette de Bairacli Levy ISBN 0-571-16115-4
"The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats” by Diane Stein ISBN 0-89594-686-6
"Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats” by Richard H Pitcarin, DVM, PhD ISBN 0-87857-395-X
These can all be ordered from Dogwise

Diane's favorite dog publication, The Whole Dog Journal, recently did an article about dog kibble, and provided a list of their top rated kibbles. You can get the whole article from their archives-- go to www.whole-dog-journal.com

Other dog nutrition websites:

http://www.dog.com/vet/nutrition/01.html
http://www.touchmoon.com/dotters/raw/index.shtml
http://www.willowglen.com/barf.htm
http://www.betterwayhealth.com/live-food-dog.asp

Just to be fair, there are opposing views to the "raw" diet perspective. Vets receive very little (if any) nutritional training in vet school, so frankly you may have to rely on your own research and experience. The whole market for premium dog foods is relatively new, so significant studies were hard to fund. Here is a site that opposes feeding raw food:

http://secondchanceranch.org/rawmeat.html