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Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats Paperback – December 1, 2009

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Real Food is the most informative, educational, practical and helpful book I have ever read on home made diets for your animal companions. It offers all the information you need to prepare the healthiest diet possible for your kindred spirits. Follow the directions and you offer your cats and dogs one of the healthiest possible diets. --Allen M Schoen, DVM, Author, Kindred Spirits, How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

Use this book to help you implement a phenomenal homemade food program! --Dr. Joseph Mercola, mercola.com and mercolahealthypets.com

Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats is one of the most valuable education tools in my veterinary practice. I send the book home and know that my clients have the information and recipes they need to improve the quality of the lives of their furry family members. --Teresa Calvert, DVM westviewanimalclinic.com

About the Author

Beth Taylor and Karen Shaw Becker DVM combine their years of experience helping people improve their pet's health with real food diets to bring you this simple, homemade food program that includes the best of current knowledge of nutrition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Pet Productions; 2nd Ed edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982533101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982533109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have spent a lot of time researching homemade diets for dogs. Over the years I had seen far too many beautiful dogs begin their lives in seemingly in perfect health, only to descend into sub-par general health, and suffer with chronic skin issues, digestive problems, yeasty ears, etc. Not only were my friends uncomfortable and not able to live up to their potentials, I was paying for expensive veterinary care that was ineffective. Finally, I realized that these problems were caused by "ingredients" in commercial pet foods that should never be consumed by any living being. I decided to do something about it. My current best friend has been with me since he was 7 weeks old -- and he has never tasted a single bite of commercial dog food. At age 7-1/2 years, my yellow Lab is thriving in every way -- physically, mentally and emotionally. Important to note that his chances of living a life of perfect health were somewhere between slim and none -- he was born with only one functioning kidney; the second was deformed and useless; and he has extremely sensitive skin.

Homemade food, cooked fresh and made of quality ingredients, is the answer to many of the problems your friend may have. As well, many of the typical issues for which you have been running to the vet -- yeasty ears, itchy, flaky skin, hot spots -- are effectively dealt with using simple home remedies that are extremely cost-effective. For instance, a gentle wipe inside the ears with 1 part White Vinegar + 1 part Purified Water will painlessly kill yeast. Flax Seed oil capsules added to your friend's dinner will keep his skin soft, supple, and itch-free, and stops shedding. Vitamin E cream will cool hot spots. And I use a natural, non-chemical, non-toxic flea preventative -- an everyday food item that I add to my dog's dinner.
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Kind of funny that "Simple Homemade Food" is printed on the cover of this book. I am for anything that educates people about the importance of feeding fresh human grade food to our beloved pets, but this book has no business calling the recipes simple. My pets are worth it, but I don't think cooking for our pets needs to be this labor intensive.

A book this complicated absolutely requires an index. I found myself constantly flipping through the pages looking for the different charts referred to in each recipe. Example: At the end of "Boneless Chicken with Liver for Cats" it says "Add supplements at meal time: Calcium Source, Mineral/vitamin supplement, Fatty acid supplement". It goes on to say "Add enzymes, glandular, probiotics and other supplements.... See our Optimizing chapter for more information." No index, no page number so you have to go flipping through the book. Then you need to calculate the proper amount of each addition for the specific recipe you are making. The book suggests rotating different recipes every day or every few days. Simple, right?

The one simple "recipe" is the all sardines or all salmon meal that she recommends feeding once a week WITH bones. I looked to see if she warned not to feed this to cats with kidney disease but could not find a warning. It may be buried somewhere in the book, but I could not find it. A well intentioned person could easily end up feeding a sardine or salmon meal dangerously high in phosphorus to their cat with kidney disease.

No doubt that this book is loaded with useful information about what is required for dogs and cats to eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you have a lot of spare time and energy, this book may be for you. It is not for me. I'll keep looking for another book and continue to feed my cats Rad-Cat frozen raw when I can afford it. My cats love it and the lamb is low enough in phosphorus to feed to a CRF cat.
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I've been reading quite a bit on nutrition and home preparing (and cooking) food for dogs. This book could be very helpful for the person who desires to use only one method for everything (whether preparing raw or cooked, but geared a little more for the raw feeder), and especially helpful for a family with several pets, rescue groups or for kennels. The method, although is a little time consuming, is still rather simple...and well organized. Once you get the hang of it, this should be rather easy to follow.

The basis of the diet plan is to feed 5 beef, 5 chicken, 2 turkey, 1 sardine (canned in water) & 1 egg meal per week (on assuming your pet eats twice a day). The steps require preparing: "meat mixes" (with the exception of eggs & sardines, since these meals reqire only that particular protein source), "veggie mixes" (except with the egg meal; where you'll only need pumpkin), "vitamin/mineral mix" and a "fatty acid supplement mix" (using suggested oils per meal; except for the sardine & egg meals). This diet also requires using bone meal supplement, especially if you don't feed raw bones. Each meal requires portions of each of the mixes to complete the diet.

For being a rather short book, there is quite a lot of useful information. Yet, if you are desiring to have a more flexible change of pace type approach, this won't be too appealing. The diet plan is very useful for those wanting to make large batches.

Other great tips are included in this little book like equipment and tools you'll need for preparation and storage. A heavy duty meat grinder (for grinding both raw meats & bones) is highly recommended for these recipes.

For the most part, I thought this was a decent book.
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