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Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals Paperback – June 22, 2010

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"A good diet can mean the difference between a happy healthy dog, and one that suffers from a variety of ailments, such as allergies, obesity, diabetes and other common conditions. In her new book, Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs, American Kennel Club judge and canine nutritionist Dr. Lew Olson introduces you to the benefits of home feeding your canine companion… Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs is an excellent resource for both novice and seasoned home-prepared feeders."
Animal Wellness Magazine

“Raw & Natural Nutrition For Dogs
is a key guide to making homemade, nutritious meals for dogs, and is a ‘must’ for any pet owner who wants specifics on nutritional needs and raw foods. Recipes and diets for a range of pet conditions can be adapted by weight for different breeds and ages and offer whole-food recipes perfect for any new to at-home pet foods.”
Midwest Book Review

“[Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs] is by far the best dog nutrition book I have read to date… Taking the leap from kibble to real is a scary one; Lew Olson, PhD makes it clear and much less frightening.”
Just Dogs with Sheri

“Lew 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. Very important stuff...especially with all the nasty news and recalls on processed foods over the past years! But the best part is that Lew talks about how you can start with small steps to improve your dog's diet, and grow from there! And for those that think feeding raw is difficult, well, this book will make you think it's easy and you can do it too… We highly recommend the book.”
Raise A Green Dog!

About the Author

Lew Olson has written for numerous dog magazines, including The New Zealand Dog Gazette, The Rottweiler Quarterly, Mein Hund Naturich Gesund, and The Total Rottweiler. An AKC judge and the president of two dog clubs, Olson has designed several dog supplement blends. She lives in Magnolia, TX.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1St Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556439032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556439032
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lew Olson began her research on canine nutrition in the 1980's. She began sharing her ideas with other dog owners on the internet in the early 1990's, and writes a monthly email newsletter on Canine Nutrition and Health for B-Naturals. Her articles have been published in numerous dog journals in the United States, as well as New Zealand and Switzerland. She currently lives in Texas and enjoys showing and training her Rottweilers, is an AKC dog judge and continues her research in canine nutrition and health issues.

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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Guitarman on October 10, 2010
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This is a very good book from which I learned a great deal; however, I don't like so much emphasis put on supplements. The book is closley linked with the B Natural supplements. Nutritional philosophies are sure to vary on supplementation but according to my holistic vet, if 1/3 or more of my dog's diet is raw food, there is no need for me to add digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes and/or vitmain supplements + (sometimes other supplements) are big parts of all her recipes, raw or cooked. I've been advised by other well recognized canine nutritional experts and by my vet not to add vitamin supplements or digestive enzymes supplements to my healthy dog's cooked food meals that make up 1/3 of his diet since 2/3 of his diet is already completly balanced with the highest quality commercial raw and Instinct kibble foods I use. This book recommends much more supplementation than that.

Raw food already has enzymes and beneficial bacteria in it and a lot of bio-availabe nutrients, so it makes no sense to me to include digestive enzymes to raw food for a dog with no digestive problems to begin with. And there's no need to add vitman supplements like Berte's Daily Blend when adding fresh food to kibbles like Orijen or Instint or Wellness; they already have plenty of vitamins. (Whatever your feelings are about high-end kibbles, postive or negative, lack of vitmains is not a problem with those kibbles, and using vitmain supplements like Berte's Daily Blend that include vitmain D along with kibbles that are already high in vitamin D, is not advisable accordng to very reliable sources in my research.) Why add a supplement that includes vitmain A when you're feeding meals that include liver and other organs? Liver is already high in vitmain A.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By OwnedBySibes on December 27, 2010
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We've been feeding our Siberian Huskies holistic foods for several years now; after noticing the "highest quality" commercial food (now branched with P&G)they were on, was causing more harm than good. Our journey started with making a simple chicken soup (homemade), while looking for the right holistic brand of food. That adventure included trying the B.A.R.F. diet (raw food & bones), but our huskies hated it and we weren't too adapted with it either. We found a good USDA human-grade dehydrated food made for dogs that worked well (even recognised as "doable" for raw feeding), but ended up preparing our own meals more and more (by adding cooked meats into the dehydrated food & then creating and alternating our own cooked recipes). Not many books were available or known on canine nutrition back then (in 2001), so much was relied on the internet and our veterinarian. This is one of those books I wish was available back around that time. It would have helped saved me a lot of time, engery and work. I could not put this book down until I finished reading it!

I am one that is not comfortable or convinced on the feeding of bones or feeding raw meats (especially of pork, poultry & fish), but I understand why most raw feeders look toward the science and ancestory of the wolf to determine dogs are carnivores & meant to eat raw. Yet, 5,000 years ago(even 200 years ago for that matter), there wasn't so much worry about illnesses caused by pesticides and polution, as there is today. In today's wilderness, even these wolves, coyotes, etc.. (eating their hunt) aren't living as long as their ancestors did...and even then, the alpha of the pack usually is the one getting the best parts of the hunt (in a given group). Wildlife just isn't as healthy as they once were.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Alexander on November 2, 2011
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too much advertising of the authors products, not enough information on how to formulate a diet with substituting one protein for another. the amount of information on recipes would make a small chapter, the rest is filler about the dangers of commercial food and how bad carbohydrates are without enough hard data to back it up. coyotes, wolves and other wild canines will quite eagerly eat corn, root vegetables, fruit and other carbohydrates in the wild when they get a chance. the premise that dogs and wolves would eat only meat in the wild is insufficiently backed up with data. get billinghursts books instead.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Huebner on July 8, 2010
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I have been a follower of Lew's for many years on the K9 Nutrition group ([...]) and her site [...]. Her knowledge and understanding of the canine diet and nutrition is second to none. She really lays it out for anyone to clearly see the benefits of the raw diet and what's necessary to successfully transition to it. I've helped many clients switch to raw over the years and always point them in the direction of Lew Olsen to make sure they make the right decisions about their dog's diet and how to supplement. Lew certainly enlightens dog owner's looking to make better nutritional decisions for their dogs. If you feed raw read it. If you want to feed raw read it. If you are hesitant or set on kibble read it. Regardless you'll get something out of it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Watts on February 8, 2015
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I was asked to review Lew Olson's book prior to publication due to my scientific education and experience as a raw feeder. I wrote a scathing review and am truly disappointed to see it was eventually published. HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I FOUND HORRIFYING:

1. Suggesting that Dairy is an appropriate source of supplementing probiotics, (GREENTRIPE.COM is a MUCH better source or soil based probiotics that you can buy on Amazon.). Dairy is one protein you want to avoid, especially if you have a dog with food allergies, which is the reason many people start feeding raw. It is part of the four horseman:

2. Suggesting that it is OK to feed diets without bones. Bones are essential for dental health, as well as for providing a healthy gut biome. It is the type of bones used that yield the benefits and ALL DOGS NEED BONES. If your dog has dental issues, you just have to pick a species appropriate source and stay away from beef and other weight baring bones.

3. Suggesting that it is OK to feed veggies (some in the list are NOT OK to feed), then also writing that they aren't digested. So why would you feed something that isn't digested? Oh, yes, that is because Lew never explained that the dog's feces will change consistency depending upon the meal that they are fed. The veggies are there to disguise that! Why not be honest?

4. Suggesting that supplementation is necessary, (No, SUPPLEMENTATION IS NOT NECESSARY, with a well-sourced balanced PREY MODEL, nose-to-tail diet. But since she owns a supplementation business, I'm sure she gets lots of income from the MULTIPLE references to her company. This is a SERIOUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST that runs throughout the book.
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