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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449409938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449409937
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We highly recommend checking it out for its inspiring, easy, super-healthy, vet-approved recipes your dog will adore." (Modern Dog magazine)

From the Back Cover

Who knew feeding your best friend could be so easy?
Feed Your Best Friend Better is the most complete, accessible everyday nutrition guide for your dog, including information on foods you can feed your dog straight from the cutting board, as well as 85 recipes for meals, treats, snacks, and supplements that you can prep in just minutes for the stovetop or oven. It's not gourmet, it's gourmutt--and your dog will love it!
When Rick Woodford's best friend, Jackson, was diagnosed with cancer, Rick was devastated.  Determined to make Jackson's last meals count, Rick studied dog nutrition and began preparing Jackson's food, and an amazing thing happened--Jackson got better! From there, Rick started a dog food business and went on a mission to help everyone feed their best friends better without breaking the bank or spending a lot of time at the stove. After all, less time in the kitchen gives you more time to play with your dog.
If you don't like to eat processed foods full of ingredients you can't pronounce, why feed them to your best friend? Feed Your Best Friend Better makes it so easy to skip the chemicals, corn fillers, and meat byproducts, and give your dog the same antioxidants, natural vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals that keep you healthy. Think of it as farm-to-dog dish food for your four-legged companion.
Feed Your Best Friend better is full of practical ideas anyone can use: fast fixes, making and storing meals to share with your mutt, and even some tips for curbing problem mealtime behaviors. It also includes suggestions for buying better commercial foods and supplementing them with homemade goodies when you can, as well as warm-nose recipes for ailing dogs. Unlike many cookbooks for dogs, it features easy portion sizing and nutritional information for all sizes of dogs. It has everything you need to feed your best friend better through a long and happy lifetime.

Customer Reviews

This book is the best one if you are feeding your dog homemade food.
This book is well written and includes lots of really useful and fun information.
Tried a few recipes so far for meals and treats and the dogs love them!

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a dog lover I have received many novelty dog food cookbooks over the years as gifts. This one though is on par with my favorite "people food" cookbooks. It is so well organized and the recipes are easy to follow. The recipes use ingredients that I often already have in my kitchen. And who knew dogs like blueberries?! My dog enjoys the food and seems healthier already. The best thing is that I can cook for my family and my dog at the same time. And the book is full of photos illustrating how amazing the bond is between people and their dogs. The photos further inspire me to demonstrate my love for my dog with wholesome and yummy food. Love, love, love it!
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By BookNerd on May 6, 2013
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I like a lot of things about this book. It is well-researched and the author has drawn on his own experience with his own recipes, which I really appreciate. I think he has put more effort into trying to provide a balanced diet than do most authors on the subject. This is an author who cares very much about his dogs, and about his readers. This book is a great alternative for folks who want to home-feed but who prefer cooked meats over raw. I think the section for ailing dogs, those with cancer, kidney ailments, etc is especially good. If you have a very sick dog who does not want to eat, then especially this book is for you.

It's not perfect though and as someone who has used and relied on herbal medicines for years a few of the ingredients used or recommended here cause me concern:

A lot of the recipes call for Rosemary. Rosemary is a great plant with likely some anticancer properties, but it is also traditionally used as an abortificant, and it generally avoided by women who suffer from endometriosis, cysts, fibroids and other hormone related conditions - it's antiestrogenic properties may be helpful in some cancers, but I do not believe it is a safe thing to give to female dogs unless they do have cancer and even then only under the direction of a vet.

Ditto for Yucca - although none of these recipes call for Yucca it is listed as a good ingredient in dog food. I disagree. Yucca may be antiinflammatory, and might be okay to give an arthritic old dog now and then, but it acts as a steroid. I do not agree that it belongs in dog food.

Millet is easy on the tummy and nutritious but it supresses the thyroid -something I had personal and very bad experience with.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Fairy on July 2, 2012
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Our little 5 month old lhasapoo just joined our family recently. We are so in love and I knew that I wanted to cook for her in order to insure the best, healthiest ingredients in her meals. Honestly, I was not looking forward to all the recipe research since I knew it would be involved since it is important to include the essential vitamins, minerals, etc. to ensure a well-balanced, nutritional meal for your loved one. I came across this book early in my research and I feel in love immediately! This book is outstanding! It not only gives many recipes for meals and treats, but also includes what exact foods are healthy or dangerous to dogs and why. It makes cooking for your puppy/dog foolproof by including appropriate calorie and fat daily allowances for the size and age of your dog. Simply amazing. I can't say enough good things about this book! Don't miss it!
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sally from New York on October 24, 2012
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My name is Sally & Dogs are my thing. About 14yrs ago I was working with a small dog that had lost most of his teeth, so I tried to blend his dog food in a blender & as the blender stopped I was horrified at what I saw. The top half of the blended "food" was HAIR/FUR (not sure what kind)...GROSS!!! So I started to home cook my own dog food for my pack. The problem that I kept running in to was, what foods were best for them & what are dogs nutritional requirements? Every vet I asked I got back a different response. That's why I love this book, I probably have 35 books on dogs & this is the one I go to first. I personally thank Rick Woodford for his time & dedication he put into this easy to read, everything you need to know about dog nutrition & the truth about what bagged dog food really is. Rick even puts together specific recipes for dogs with special needs like allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes & many more. That's why I say...it's about time that someone has finally brought the truth & common sense about dog nutrition to all of us who think that our furry friends deserve only the best. If you love your dog even a little, learning the truth about what you feed him is the least you can do. Buy this book please, read it, & pass it to someone else you know that needs to know the truth too. Thank you for your time.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nora on December 24, 2012
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These recipes make my friends with dogs laugh because I recently made the pup loaf for the umpteenth time and gave tasters to them for their dogs as a holiday treat. Nearly all the owners confessed to eating half of it themselves -- with a little salt... just to "check out" the ingredients. The author of this book would chuckle over this, too, I'm sure. The recipes are easy and you can mass produce and store in the freezers or cut with other dog food.

Something I like about this book is the truthful and detailed chapter on what foods you can feed your dog. I went straight to the kitchen for a banana to see if my girl, Lucy, would eat it. She was smacking her lips in shock over the new treat. So this recipe book has helped me understand her foods.

A note of caution over the supplemental stew... it is pungeant... if you freeze the stew like I do in icecube trays for easy use, wrap the trays well with plastic wrap before you place in the freezer or the smell will permeate everything, to include your automatic ice machine. Just ask my mother visiting for the holidays who had a salmon oil ice water. It was pretty funny at the time. We had to throw out the ice and clean out the freezer but we got a good laugh and no one was hurt.
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