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ISBN-13: 978-0813801193 ISBN-10: 0813801192 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813801192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813801193
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is my opinion that this is a must for the veterinary practice'sreference library." (National Association of Veterinary Techniciansin America , 2011)

"The second edition provides a more clinical approach to feedingdogs and cats than does the original textbook and could serve as astarting reference for nutritional management of disease."(Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,December 2010)"From feeding puppies and kittens or pregnant animalsto handling the nutritional needs of performance dogs, this newedition has been completely rewritten for the latest nutritionalrecommendations and is a 'must' for not only vet libraries, butgeneral collections and pet owner reference." (Midwest BookReview, July 2010)  

"Presents important concepts in the nutrition of healthy petsand special considerations for pets with various medical conditionsand an extensive listing of recipes for home preparation. This is auseful guide for pet owners and a valuable reference for smallanimal veterinarians serving clients who wish to feed ahome-prepared diet to their pets. Information in this secondedition is more solidly supported by current research and ispresented in a balanced and unbiased manner." (Doody'sPublisher's Club, June 2010)


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There have been some comments regarding the use of calcium carbonate in diets. Baking soda actually comes in several forms. One is sodium bicarbonate; the other is calcium carbonate. Sometimes the calcium carbonate version of baking soda is sold as baking soda substitute; other times it is referred to as just 'baking soda.' To avoid the confusion with the sodium bicarbonate type, any time the calcium carbonate type of baking soda has been used in a diet, it is specifically mentioned as such in the diet, as 'baking soda (calcium carbonate).' There are several manufacturers of calcium carbonate baking soda. Amazon carries the Ener-G Foods product baking soda substitute. Calcium carbonate can also be sold for garden use (which is non-food-grade); to avoid the use of the garden product in foods, 'baking soda' was used instead to indicate a food-appropriate ingredient.

The preparation of this book was truly a labor of love, and the book will continue to evolve with more diets in future editions!

Patricia A. Schenck, DVM, PhD

Customer Reviews

The supplements can be found at any vitamin or nutritional store.
D. Milton
I find this book very easy to understand and very helpful with information for home made meals for my dog.
Noranne M.
With this book, I think anyone could work with their vet to come up with a better diet than you can buy.

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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful By ML775 on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
A DANGEROUS error appears, several times, in "Home Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition)." The error is alarming enough to cast doubt on the book's entire contents and credibility. I have a copy of the book in front of me as I'm writing this review, so I'm not mistaken.

In Chapter One, on page 8, under the subtitle, "Assessing a Homemade Diet Recipe," author Patricia Schenck discusses what a homemade diet recipe should include. After mentioning carbohydrates, proteins, fat, calcium and calcium/phosphorus supplements; Schenck claims, "Calcium carbonate (baking soda) or bone meal (source of calcium and phosphorus) should also be present."

Calcium carbonate IS NOT baking soda. Yet Schenck claims it is, on page 8 and throughout the book.

Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) is often used as a dietary calcium supplement.
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). Baking soda IS NOT useful as a calcium supplement. It's often used as a leavening agent in baking.
Calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate are chemically different and will affect a dog's body differently when ingested.

Many of the recipes for dog and cat diets in "Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition)" use baking soda as an ingredient (For example, dog diet recipes on pages 416, 417, 424, and 425; and cat diets on pages 473, 498, 499 and 504). Each time "baking soda" appears in the ingredient list it's defined in parentheses as, "calcium carbonate." Schenck did not just make a one-time flub in Chapter One. The author mistakenly defines baking soda as calcium carbonate throughout the book.

Schenck includes baking soda in dog and cat diet recipes specifically formulated for animals with renal disease, each time indicating the baking soda is, "calcium carbonate.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By lsz on July 30, 2011
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This is in reference to all the baking soda comments. If you read every time baking soda is mentioned, they all very specifically state "baking soda substitute," not "baking soda". Baking soda is indeed sodium bicarbonate; baking soda substitute, which is what the book calls for, is calcium bicarbonate. By recommending "baking soda substitute", Dr. Schenk is in no way calling for the baking soda/sodium bicarbonate several reviewers claimed she is recommending. Again, Dr. Schenk very clearly calls for "baking soda substitute" or calcium bicarbonate,the key being the word substitute. She specifies calcium bicarbonate specifically so that sodium bicarbonate will NOT be used. These are very good and balanced home-made diets, but they only work if you read the ingredient list and follow it carefully, with no substitutions or short-cuts.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Milton on May 5, 2013
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My dog has a number of issues -- he is a senior dog with allergies and kidney concerns. His vet and I searched long and hard to find a diet that would work for him. The off-the shelf products either wouldn't work because of his allergies or were made by companies whose product I would not feed my dog or whose ingredients read like a pharmaceutical catalog. Through this book I have been able to find not only one, bug several diets that work for him depending on what is in season or is most readily available.

The ingredients in all of the recipes I've perused are generally easy to find. Most can be purchased through any grocery store. The supplements can be found at any vitamin or nutritional store. Unlike the original issues of this book, the measurements are all given in standards weights and volumes.

The book offers diets for a wide variety of medical conditions including for dogs or cats with cancer. It also has age specific diets -- puppyhoood, adulthood and seniors.

The author explains in length the nutritional requirements of dogs in different developmental stages and discusses how the diets address those needs.

Finally, the book offers an addendum that provides the detailed nutritional breakdown of each recipe, this, in addition to the diet specific summaries that follow each recipe. Each diet also comes with a list of ages and conditions for which the diet is appropriate.

I love the added piece of mind that comes from knowing that my dog's diet satisfies his nutritional requirements, but is also safe since I know everything that is in the food.

On a side note: Don't be misled or put-off by the comments on baking soda -- just buy calcium carbonate (CaC03) as the book specifies, rather than Sodium BiCarbonate (NaHC03), the latter of which is your typical grocery store variety. Calcium Carbonate can be found at the aforementioned health and vitamin stores.
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edit: Note about this book mislabeling baking soda as calcium: Caution should be noted in the first part of the book (1-267) there are 2 instances of baking soda written to be the same as calcium carbonate; both in chapter one: page 8 (one occurrence) & page 12 (one occurrence), and in the recipe/diets portion (269-505) there were 21 instances found in the following... dog recipe section: 416-420 & 422-424 (recipes for dogs with renal disease), 425 (recipe for dogs with struvite urinary stones) & cat recipe section: 457-459 (recipes for senior cats), 473 (recipe for cats with cancer), 497-501 (recipes for cats with renal disease), 502-504 (recipes for cats with oxalate urinary stones)...these all label "Baking Soda" (which is also known as sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate or NaHCO3) mislabeled as "Calcium Carbonate" (which is also known as CaCO3, and often used medicinally as an antacid/calcium source supplement). Do not give your pet Baking Soda as a Calcium supplement. There may be other reasons to use baking soda in a recipe, but it is not addressed in this book, and baking soda is wrongfully identified as calcium carbonate.

*I originally gave 4 stars, before seeing for myself this baking soda error...an error too easily overlooked, since it's listed as "calcium carbonate (baking soda)" and "baking soda (calcium carbonate)" & the eye/mind can correct (as one or the other) while reading, without realizing...not good if someone reads as "baking soda".

"HOME-PREPARED Dog & Cat DIETS 2nd Ed." (Schenck) is one of the most informative books on this subject I have found; that is available to the non-professional (but has the baking soda mistake...
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