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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Diet
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561706361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561706365
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kymythy Schultze has been a trailblazer in the field of animal nutrition for over a decade. Her professional experience with animals includes being a trainer, a breeder, a groomer, a veterinary assistant for multiple doctors, and a wildlife rehabilitator licensed with the federal government. She has studied many holistic modalities, including tutorage with Dr. Richard Dahout, and canine nutrition at Cornell University. She has also hosted a popular radio show featuring health and community service issues. Kymythy is a certified Animal Health Instructor and Clinical Nutritionist, and teaches classes in Natural Nutrition and Holistic Care for Dogs and Cats at a Southern California college, and through workshops worldwide. Her nutritional recommendations are endorsed by both holistic and allopathic veterinarians. She has fed her own dogs and cats a species-appropriate diet of raw foods for many years with proven results. Her breeding program has produced American and international champions titled draft, obedience, and water rescue dogs, and most important, beloved family companions. She has helped hundreds of people all over the world improve the health of their dogs and cats, naturally. Kymythy is editor of the "Holistic Dog and Cat Newsletter" and author of Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet.

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I don't have the patience for either.
Simone
I found the book to be very well laid out, easy to read and gave me information I wanted and needed without being full of scientific jargon.
Kim
This book convinced me to switch my dogs to a raw diet.
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427 of 452 people found the following review helpful By Sasha on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an only slightly revised/updated version of Schultze's original spiralbound book "The Ultimate Diet." There are several books on feeding natural/raw/whole foods to dogs, and Schultze's book is the most restrictive, as it does not allow any grains, dairy products, blackstrap molasses, or raw honey (which many experienced breeders using holistic methods consider a "must" in dog rearing). Unfortunately many people new to raw feeding read Schultze's book and become convinced that giving their dogs even small amounts of whole grains or a little yogurt with raw honey is tantamount to poisoning them! Those of us who have been feeding a fresh foods diet for decades know that nothing is farther from the truth, but Kymythy believes that *all* dogs do better without grains, dairy, honey, etc., and of course her book includes testimonials only from people who agree with her. While it's true that some dogs do indeed fare better on a no grains/no dairy diet, others do much better on a more varied diet that includes small amounts of whole grains, yogurt or kefir, blackstrap molasses, and other foods Schultze feels should be avoided.
My biggest problem with this book, however, is that Schultze repeatedly passes of some rather controversial opinions as scientific fact. Not surprisingly, no footnotes are provided to back up any of her claims. She also uses the cancer research from Colorado State's veterinary school to imply that feeding grains and dairy products causes cancer. While it's correct that a diet high in certain fats and low in simple carbs is recommended for dogs with cancer (as well as those in remission), there is absolutely no evidence that a diet without grains and dairy products helps to *prevent* cancer.
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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Fauxpudel on November 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you are, I highly recommend this book. It's written in a easy to read style and is a great introduction on what is needed to successfully implement a raw food diet. This book covers a variety of material, including nutrition aspects, how to make up a meal, how to switch your animal over, and a basic guideline with amounts of various ingredients listed.
The book itself is spiral bound, making it easy to set on the counter the first couple of times you try the menu. There are 118 pages, which includes a natural care yellow pages at the end. Included in these pages are a list of books and newsletters to further your understanding.
The last chapter of testimonials from various people who have switched their pets over to a raw foods diet are touching and inspirational. This book made it easy for me to understand the benefits and the mechanics of a natural diet, that I've been left wondering why I didn't switch my dog over sooner.
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful By C. Vu on July 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was new to RAW feeding prior to buying this book. I had done some research and reading on the Internet and already understood the concept of RAW feeding - the core food groups and the recommended proportions of each. However, I needed a book that would help me make the transition from just reading to actually preparing the meals for my pets. This book did not do it for me. It is more of a very basic "theory" book than a "practical" one. I bought the book online - if I had had a chance to flip through it first, I would have gone with another book.
This book pretty much just explains what the food groups are, how they contribute to the health of your pets and the respective pros and cons. But, like I said, you can get this information for FREE on the Internet! Schultze only gives ONE easy recipe for BOTH dogs and cats, with varying amounts of ingredients depending on the weight of your pet. After joining a few RAW feeding discussion lists, I was told that most of the things I read in the book are NOT recommended by fellow raw feeders (eg: feeding GROUND meat, veggies, kelp & alfalfa supplements and BOTH cod-liver oil and fish oil, etc.) Even I knew going in that you can't use the same recipe for both dogs and cats and yet Schultze only provides one recipe. Cats, I am told, especially don't need veggies, kelp or alfalfa and they don't need cod liver oil.
This book would have been more useful had I not done any of my own research first so overall I found the content to be quite disappointing. Somewhat informative but NOT very practical.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By K. Roche on April 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've heard this book mentioned so many times, I decided to pick up a copy. The first thing I noticed was the absence of an index. That should have been enough of a red flag for me to give up on the book, but I read on. It took me about twenty minutes to finish the whole thing. I skipped the thirty or so pages of pointless one-sentence testimonials from random pet owners who feed their pets raw.
Who is the target audience for this book? It isn't people who are already feeding raw. All of the useful information can be found in other, older, far better books than this one. In fact, you can easily obtain all of the books Schultze copied her info from. It can't be for people who are new to feeding raw, because there is very little practical advice on how to go about feeding *your* dog. And it sure isn't cat owners, because the book is really geared toward dog people.
There's nothing really wrong with "Natural Diets," but there really isn't any reason to read it, either. Next book, please!
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