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The Skeptic’s Guide to the Benefits of Raw Dog Foods

What follows is my skeptical analysis of the arguments commonly made for why raw-ingredient diets are “better” for dogs than those based primarily upon cooked products. It’s a lengthy (3,000+ words) and in-depth piece. Perfect for passing the time while waiting for a delayed flight or taking a break from an awkward Thanksgiving table debate about the recent election. I have been […]

Dogs, Dog Food, and Dogma Is Out Today — Why You Need It and How to Get It (For Cheap)

Today is a big day for me. I’ve spent the better part of the past decade researching and writing a book. It’s called Dogs, Dog Food, and Dogma. It’s about America’s pet obesity epidemic. And it’s being released today. I had originally planned for this “release day” post to be about why I wrote the book. My personal motivations, the cast […]

Something You Actually WILL Read About Carbs in Veterinary Nutrition Textbooks

As I discuss in considerable detail in Dogs, Dog Food, and Dogma, there is near-universal acceptance among the mainstream veterinary nutritional “authorities” (the handful of board-certified veterinary nutritionists and countless self-appointed experts) that “a calorie is a calorie” and that carbohydrates are not uniquely fattening for dogs and cats. This despite the inconvenient truths that (1) there […]

The Missing Link Between Canine Cancer and Canine Obesity?

First of all, if you’re at all interested in this topic, you really ought to check out Dogs, Dog Food, and Dogma, my book about the science (and business) of canine health and obesity. If you don’t think it’s the most honest, rigorous, in-depth, and all-around helpful book you’ve ever read on the topic, I’ll refund 100% of […]