Kerasote found six common factors amongst all of the emails he received including: inbreeding, nutrition, environmental pollutants, vaccination, spaying and neutering, and the shelter system where for so many dogs is the place they spend the last days of their lives.
Some of his research led to some interesting facts such as bigger mammals living longer than smaller mammals. A few exceptions include smaller dogs living longer than bigger dogs, and humans who are smaller than many mammals living the longest after the whale.
The author also takes the reader through the process of rendering, starting in the chapter on the ingredients found in dog food.
“Wanting to get to the bottom of the issue and discover what really goes into the rendered products that so many of our dogs eat, I began by calling the National Renderers Association, where a high-placed official told me that to his knowledge no plant in the United States currently rendered dogs and cats into pet food,” Kerasote wrote.
Those who have loved and lost a family pet will find parts of the book hard to read without shedding a tear or two, especially the first few pages. The book is well written and uses the author’s true-life story to expand on valuable canine-related topics. The book covers a few new topics some dog owners may not have heard about such as the rendering process.
I highly recommend Pukka’s Promise for every dog or any type of pet owner or those thinking of becoming a pet owner. It offers a lot of good information that those in search of their next best friend will find useful.