- 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,811 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.
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. I need food that will keep the bones and teeth strong and food that is clean so that risk of cancer or kidney damage is minimised. These recipes do it for my dogs. I also appreciate sections devoted to geriatric animals and those with specific health issues which require a kind of prescription diet. With this book, I think anyone could work with their vet to come up with a better diet than you can buy.
That said, the book has one serious flaw which almost gave it four stars instead of five. PLEASE READ THIS: In a homemade diet, calcium is critical. In these recipes, the calcium source is Calcium Carbonate BUT some of the recipes actually say 'Baking Soda". That's a BIG problem, because plain old Arm n Hammer is actually Calcium BI-Carbonate and that's a very bad thing to put in dog food! So what you want is to buy Baking soda SUBSTITUTE- which is Calcium Carbonate, not BI-carbonate.
On page viii of the Preface, the author explains that she did this because she wanted people to buy food-grade calcium carbonate instead of the bulk garden-grade stuff. That is available as Baking Soda SUBSTITUTE, but her omission of the word SUBSTITUTE in some of the recipes is bound to cause confusion and lead to trouble for people who do not read carefully. So that's one thing I like better about the first edition. Dr Strombeck just uses Bone Meal, which is available as a human grade supplement. I think that's a whole lot better way to do it but anyway, if you are sure to buy Calcium Carbonate and NOT regular baking soda, you'll be fine. It's just something that anyone using this book needs to be aware of.
This has been a good series of books, the best in my opinion but I am hoping for a third edition that will address the baking soda thing. If you have any worries about it, the information in the first edition is available online: [...] and you can always use that.
EDIT: I want to point out that MANY of the recipes do not use Baking soda substitute at all. All of the ones I've been using just use Bonemeal and salt substitute, etc. Very Simple! So please do not let all the flack about that scare you off. It's just something you need to be aware of if you do this. This is a top-notch feeding program and in giving us this book, the author has given our pets a tremendous gift! The work and research that went into this is phenominal. I changed the rating from 4 to 5 stars just because the longer my dogs are fed this way, the better they do. Truly grateful!
I bought the hard copy and I have to say I am disappointed in the recipes. They are all virtually the same except varying the protein, i.e. chidken with rice, lamb with rice, etc. There is better information available for free on the Internet.
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