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3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar, May 9, 2007
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This book is worth its price purely for the information on interpreting blood and urine testing. She also offers some great ideas on supplements for specific health concerns. Thirdly, her recommendations for vaccinations or lack thereof are excellent. That's the good part.

However, by far and large, I couldn't disagree more with Wendy Volhard's dietary recommendations. If she can show me a canine running around the forest looking for oatmeal or any of the other grains she recommends, I might give her recommendations a second look.

Until then, from my experience, BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods a la Ian Billinghurst's recommendations) is the only way to feed dogs. Three dogs, 9 years, no vet bills, says it all. My Keeshond, who died at the age of 16, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatitis at the age of 7 and given 6 months to live. The vet wanted to put her on PID canned food, largely barley based. At that time, we brought our Giant Schnauzer home from Skansen Kennels. The breeder strongly recommended the BARF diet, so I immediately switched the old Keeshond and our 6 month old Rottie to a raw meaty bones/fresh raw veggies and fruits diet, along with the Giant Schnauzer baby. The vet said I'd kill my dog. I told him that she's dead meat in 6 months anyway, so I might as well kill her my way.

Within 3 months, she was a puppy again, and lived to 16. All if this without the silly grain meal Wendy Volhard recommends! The big dogs are closing in on 10. The rottie has already outlived his predicted life span of 7 to 9 years. I love it! Their coats are gorgeous, and their teeth are perfect. No bad breath either. I wouldn't feed any other way.

Please don't get me wrong. I would still buy this book for its reference value, but don't buy into her dietary recommendations!
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Initial post: Jun 29, 2008 3:48:57 AM PDT
Open Minded says:
This book was not intended to be a sequel to Billinghurst's ideas and thusly reflects her research and success with nutrition.

Why read other books if you are only looking for people to parrot his ideas? Just read his!

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 5:32:00 AM PDT
PD Franks says:
Quite the salespitch for BARF. hmmmm.. Are you a rep?

BARF is easier to use because it's a pre-packaged and frozen. Her suggestions take some mixing.
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