- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is my opinion that this is a must for the veterinary practice's reference library." (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America , 2011)
"The second edition provides a more clinical approach to feeding dogs and cats than does the original textbook and could serve as a starting reference for nutritional management of disease." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2010)"From feeding puppies and kittens or pregnant animals to handling the nutritional needs of performance dogs, this new edition has been completely rewritten for the latest nutritional recommendations and is a 'must' for not only vet libraries, but general collections and pet owner reference." (Midwest Book Review, July 2010)
"Presents important concepts in the nutrition of healthy pets and special considerations for pets with various medical conditions and an extensive listing of recipes for home preparation. This is a useful guide for pet owners and a valuable reference for small animal veterinarians serving clients who wish to feed a home-prepared diet to their pets. Information in this second edition is more solidly supported by current research and is presented in a balanced and unbiased manner." (Doody's Publisher's Club, June 2010)
From the Author
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
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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.
Beware: the diets of the 2nd edition are not based on National Research Council (NRC) guidelines. In the preface author Schenck states, "These diets have been formulated with a sophisticated computer program to ensure that they are balanced and complete, according the the AAFCO guidelines."
In the original book, on pgs 9-11, Dr. Strombeck discusses the importance following the NRC guidelines. The NRC is an independent committee that sets standards for pet food nutrition by doing feeding trials.
Feeding trials cost a lot of money so the pet food industry created a committee called AAFCO (Assoc. of American Feed Control Officials) that has established their own standards based on chemical analysis, which is a lot cheaper than doing feeding trials.
I agree with Dr. Strombeck that using the NRC guidelines is paramount.
So, if you want recipes for diets that follow the latest NRC guidelines, this is NOT the book for you.
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."
According to the Merck Veterinary Manual online, animals with acute kidney disease may indeed be treated by restricting their dietary phosphate intake and feeding them sodium bicarbonate (baking soda); to counter high levels of blood acidity. This might explain why Schenck includes baking soda in her recipes for renal disease. However, it doesn't explain why she refers to it as calcium carbonate. Nor does it explain why she claimed, in Chapter One, that either baking soda or bone meal should be present in every homemade diet recipe. She probably meant either calcium carbonate or bone meal should be present in every homemade diet recipe, yet she said "baking soda" and that's a serious error.
I started researching canine health and nutrition in 2002. I've fed my vibrantly healthy, 11-year-old dog homemade meals for almost eight years. I've blogged about it for two years to show other dog owners how healthy a home-fed dog can be and how easy it is to be a Doggie Chef. I'm not a doctor of veterinary medicine, so I rely on books like Schenck's for advice and guidance.
Perhaps the error in this book was an editor's mistake. Even so, the author should have caught it when proof reading the book. I realize even the most qualified people can make big mistakes sometimes, and I'm sorry for Schenck if that's what happened. I appreciate Schenck's good intentions to write a book to help pet owners prepare nutritious homemade meals. Yet something should be done to get the word out to the public about this error. Perhaps the author can explain/correct it on her website and that website could be linked to this book's Amazon listing. Well-intentioned pet owners may read part or all of this book, completely trust the author's expertise as a doctor of veterinary medicine, and inadvertently create homemade diet recipes that could harm their pet's health.
Such a dangerous error (calling baking soda calcium carbonate and suggesting baking soda should be added to homemade diet recipes for healthy dogs) leads me to question all the information contained in "Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition)."
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