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Product Details

  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Gregory Billinghurst (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0958592519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0958592512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sue on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Okay, first I have to say there are a few reviews here you can completely disregard as nonsense. First, dogs of all ages can be on a raw diet. Age has nothing to do with it, but health concerns might. So always talk with your vet before switching, but be aware that not all vets are up-to-date on the benefits of a raw diet. Some still have an unwarranted aversion to raw chicken bones (it's COOKED bones that will splinter and choke a dog), and many vets sell dog food in their clinics, so have a conflict of interest.

Second, not ALL kibble (dry dog food) is bad for your dog. Yes, most of it is garbage, the equivalent of feeding your dog fast food every day, BUT . . . there are some wonderful dry dog food brands out there (Acana, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, just to name three). So just know that you have options if you or your dog simply don't go for raw.

Now, having said all that, raw is the best way to feed your dog if you have the time, inclination, and most important, a dog who enjoys it. Believe it or not, not all dogs like raw. Most do, but you might have that rare one who doesn't, and that's okay. Again, there are some really good premium dog foods out there, so know you have options.

And finally, my actual review of this book - it's GREAT! It's a wonderful primer on the basics of feeding a raw diet. It's not the only book on this subject in my library, but it is one of the most valuable and you absolutely cannot go wrong if you are new to BARF by buying this book. It will get you off to a great start and give you valuable information on feeding your dog the BARF way.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By CC on April 4, 2007
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I adopted my dog after she had major hip surgery removing 2 inches of her leg bone. I wanted to put her on the healthiest diet possible and was turned on to the BARF diet. It works!!! Some vets are very shy about this diet but this is a dog's natural diet - how can it be wrong! (Except possible for tiny over-bred dogs). My dogs leg healed in no time at all, her muscle tone is great and you would never know she had 2 inches of her leg missing. Her coat is silky soft and she has had no health issues. I am tired of my dogs dying from cancer, or suffering hip dysplasia and arthristis. I've turned my whole block onto this diet and my butcher has a whole new group of customers.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Fulkerson on August 29, 2007
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A MUST HAVE for all raw feeders or those thinking of switching from the poisoning kibble.. Everyone should read this and IF you care for your pets you will never feed kibble again..
Go Ian Billinghurst!!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 26, 2007
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Serving BARF diet to your dog is NOT for everyone. It requires a fair amount of research and a mentor to guide you through the trial/error phase of feeding your dog this way. This book is the primer to making or considering a switch to this type of diet. However, I would recommend that anyone interested in this type of feeding regimine thoroughly investigate the many books Amazon.com has available on this type of diet.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chad C. on December 24, 2010
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I can recall a handful of books in my life that were so impactful that they not only altered major life decisions but actually changed my views and outlooks to the point of altering my entire life's path. One of those life changing books, for me, was "The BARF Diet" by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, a veterinary surgeon. The bad news is that I read this book after I had to put one of my dogs down with a severe bout of cancer. The good news is I read this book just in time to save one of my current dogs from a debilitating knee surgery. Focusing on the good here, I am increasingly amazed at the benefits of the BARF diet and the illness and problems it continues to prevent and reverse.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By corsomamma on September 23, 2013
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Before starting a raw diet with your dogs it is important to read as many books and articles as possible. There is no "one way" to feed a raw diet, but there are wrong ways. It is important you understand what you are doing, why you are doing it and be comfortable explaining it because most vets will not approve (unless they are holistic or actually decided to enlighten themselves on evolutionary diets. They are NOT taught nutrition in school, and what little they get is funded by major pet food corps. like Hills and Purina, both garbage foods). It is up to US as the owner to educate and advocate for whats best for our dogs.

This book is a great starter read, but not written in stone. Personally, I do not feed complete barf as I don't believe dogs NEED veggies. Can they benefit, yes....but it is not necessary as Dr. Billinghurst believes. I am between prey model and BARF as I do supplement and I also add yogurt and cottage cheese on occasion.

I suggest reading this book, as well as many others. There are several good websites as well (just double and triple check what you read online). Also, look for yahoo groups....if you are lucky you will find a co-op in your area to buy from a raw food supplier, makes it easier.

Be it prey model, whole prey, or barf....going raw is the best thing you will do for your dogs. I am on month 6 of raw feeding and my dogs coats have never been shinier or silkier. They also shed less, their teeth are fantastically white and they eagerly await mealtime. Their poo is half the size (I have XL breed dogs)and has minimal odor. It also crumbles into white powder after a day or two. I am lucky in that there are many raw feeders in my area (whom I found via yahoo), a lot are well respected individuals in the animal rescue community be it behaviorists, or business owners.
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