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Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A DANGEROUS error appears, several times, in "Home Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition)." The error is alarming enough to cast doubt on the book's entire contents and credibility. I have a copy of the book in front of me as I'm writing this review, so I'm not mistaken.

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.
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My dog has a number of issues -- he is a senior dog with allergies and kidney concerns. His vet and I searched long and hard to find a diet that would work for him. The off-the shelf products either wouldn't work because of his allergies or were made by companies whose product I would not feed my dog or whose ingredients read like a pharmaceutical catalog. Through this book I have been able to find not only one, bug several diets that work for him depending on what is in season or is most readily available.

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.
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This is in reference to all the baking soda comments. If you read every time baking soda is mentioned, they all very specifically state "baking soda substitute," not "baking soda". Baking soda is indeed sodium bicarbonate; baking soda substitute, which is what the book calls for, is calcium bicarbonate. By recommending "baking soda substitute", Dr. Schenk is in no way calling for the baking soda/sodium bicarbonate several reviewers claimed she is recommending. Again, Dr. Schenk very clearly calls for "baking soda substitute" or calcium bicarbonate,the key being the word substitute. She specifies calcium bicarbonate specifically so that sodium bicarbonate will NOT be used. These are very good and balanced home-made diets, but they only work if you read the ingredient list and follow it carefully, with no substitutions or short-cuts.
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UPDATE: 2015: One of my dogs fell ill some time ago and we could not get her well. Turns out she has bladder cancer and has probably had it for some time. For the past year, I have been feeding her homemade food, following the guidelines that are detailed in this book for cancer and this dog has amazed me! We decided against chemo, since the chemo drugs made her so sick and miserable. We have managed her cancer with Piroxicam, diet, and certain supplements to boost her immune system. She is actually stronger now than she was a year ago. I don't know how long we will be blessed with this good health and energy, but I am very grateful. I think the homemade cancer diet is a major factor in her well-being and highly recommend this book for anyone who is willing and able to make their own food. Not only has it proven to be the best thing I've ever done for my healthy dogs in general but it is a lifesaver for this cancer dog.
This, along with the first edition of this book (That one authored by Strombeck) is the only cookbook that I trust to give my pets proper nutrition on a homemade diet. Homefeeding is a big fad right now. There are a lot of books on the subject along with a ton of advice on the internet. Most of it is not accurate. A study by UC Davis recently showed that when analyzed, most of the homemade diets were either lacking, or were overdosing. These recipes were developed and analyzed at a university and so they are the only ones I trust for long-term use.

I've had excellent results with this program. I have performance dogs and so I have to get it right. I need a food that will keep them in top form, maintain weight, muscle and good health.
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