Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs

Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs

The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals

Book - 2010
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***The first guide to both raw feeding and healthy homecooked meals for dogs.

In the whirlwind of information about local, organic, and whole foods, it's easy to forget that our canine companions can also benefit from--and deserve--a more natural and nurturing diet. Preparing Fido's food at home may seem daunting, but it's really not, says Lew Olson in Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs . Olson discusses canine nutritional needs and explains the research on how home-prepared foods, particularly raw foods, can meet pets' needs better than commercial, processed dog food. Step-by-step instructions and recipes make preparation easy. The book includes charts with the recipes, instructions on keeping diets simple and balanced, guidelines on preparation, suggestions for finding ingredients, and how much to feed a dog by body weight. There are recipes for healthy adult dogs as well as guidelines for puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with health conditions including pancreatitis, renal problems, gastric issues, allergies, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer. Pet owners seeking to give their dogs a better coat, better skin, and healthier teeth and gums, as well as longer lives and more stable temperaments, are sure to welcome this book.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781556439032
1556439032
Characteristics: xi, 227 p. ;,23 cm.

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JennethZ
Mar 27, 2017

While I mostly liked this book, there were a few alarming pieces. The first: in the intro and preface, the author states she got many resources from and led dog nutrition groups on Yahoo. While social groups can be useful, there was little in the book to affirm the author's scientific authority. She does not clarify what she has a PhD in nor where she gets much of her research from. There are a few supporting quotes. Otherwise, the information is presented in a very useful and practical format. I appreciate that her initial (what might be described as) fanaticism against tradition animal nutrition levels off into a balanced discussion which supports working together with your veterinarian and allows for variations in feeding: Do you want to feed raw? Home cooked? Mix home-prepared and premium kibble? Overall, I did enjoy the information and will likely use much of it. However, I think I need to do more research into this subject.

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