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Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats Paperback – August 11, 2005
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“A must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.” ―Amazon.com
“Pets have never had it so good!” ―Michael W. Fox, former vice president of the Humane Society
“For many of my clients, Dr. Pitcairn's book is their trusted holistic health guide for their canine and feline companions needs, full of practical pointers for the concerned caregiver"a must read for those embarking on the worthwhile journey towards restoration of their pets' health and happiness. This new edition is a must-have for the pet care library.” ―David Evans, DVM, CVH, Natural Care Clinic for Pets
“Would you like your dog and cat to live a longer healthier life? This easy to use and well researched book is a must for you. Every one of my holistic clients has Dr. Pitcairn's book and many have told me how frequently they read it for treatment of minor problems, nutritional information and how to make lifestyle choices to improve health for themselves, their animals and our planet.” ―Dr. Christina Chambreau, Homeopathic Veterinarian and author of the Healthy Animal's Journal
“The third edition of this "landmark" text is welcome, and will take up space on my bookshelf, as well as the bookshelves of many of my colleagues and clients.” ―Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM, Founder, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
“Dr. Richard Pitcairn again demonstrates why he is so respected in his field. This book should be required reading for anyone seeking true, lasting health for their animals and will continue to be a must-read for my clients.” ―Larry A. Bernstein, VMD
“I anticipated that this 3rd edition would be a thorough and thoughtfully-written guide to natural health care for animals, packed full of useful information and practical tips. My expectations were exceeded! Dr. Pitcairn has a wonderful way of making both basic principles and complex topics fresh and reader-friendly, all the while gently raising questions that encourage thinking and re-thinking conventional "wisdom" in companion animal care. Who should read this book? Those just embarking on the path of natural health for their pets, those who have been on this path for years, and every holistically-minded veterinarian who wants to understand root causes of disease and expand his or her repertoire of treatments that truly support and help restore health. Although I have used and recommended the earlier edition of this book in my practice for years, I plan to make this new edition required reading for my clients!” ―Lynn S. Peck, DVM, MS Holistic veterinarian and researcher
“Once again Dr. Pitcairn has given animal caretakers the definitive how-to for a healthier, more natural and holistic approach to animal health. This up-dated edition, in his easy-to-read, story-telling style, has added information on diet and vaccinations based on recent research. The results achieved in animal well-being by incorporating the dietary, herbal and homeopathic information provided in previous editions have spoken for themselves. The new information contained in this new edition will raise the quality of our companion animal health just that much higher.” ―Dr. Kimberly Henneman, DVM
About the Author
Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Washington State University. Since establishing his private practice in homeopathic veterinary medicine, he opened a clinic offering only holistic animal care, in Eugene, Oregon.
Susan Hubble Pitcairn was the driving force for the completion of the first edition of this book.
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While it seems like a lot of work initially, I promise you will get used to it and find shortcuts such as cooking grains and/or beans in advance. If you purchase meat on sale and put it in the freezer, it will be that much easier. Well worth considering - think about what dogs actually eat....
- Doggie Oats (with almost double the amount of oats as meat plus cooked vegetables*),
- Dog Loaf (including crumbled slices of bread, milk, eggs, and a small portion of meat*),
- One-on-One (brown rice, cooked kidney beans, and a bit of meat*),
- Canine Oats & Eggs (exactly as it sounds*),
- Quick Canine Oatmeal (oats, milk, eggs*).
*Added to each recipe, you make a concoction called "Healthy Powder" made up of nutritional yeast, lecithin granules, kelp powder, bone meal powder (or other suggested alternatives), ground vitamin C. On top of that, you are to add vitamin A, E, vegetable oil, tamari soy sauce, minced garlic, and additional calcium.
Overall, the book was a disappointment for my purposes.
FOR TWO DOGS FOR ONE WEEK:
I still am leery of feeding my dogs raw food after my friend's boxer almost died from salmonella poisoning. SO, I pressure cook ten pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, +two packs of gizzards/hearts, add one dozen hard boiled eggs (with shells), put all of this cooked stuff through food processor THEN ADD: 4 cups cooked/rinsed, long grain, brown rice or pearled barley, (unless you want to avoid grains entirely--never hurt mine and they like it) one pound peeled, food processed, raw carrots, one pound other veggies BLANCHED (peas, green beans, broccoli, squash,kale) and food process, sometimes i add peeled apples, COOKED sweet potato. Also, I add a few tablespoons of fish oil/olive oil OR I just feed them each 1-2 canned sardines every other day. i was adding a pound of lentils but it may have been too much fiber for my older dog who got the runs so I stopped and he's better now. MY PUPPY GOT BETTER IN A MATTER OF TWO WEEKS--NO MORE BARE SPOTS AND NO MORE DEADLY DRUGS THAT KNOCKED HER OUT!! Today she is 5 years old and doing GREAT! Love my pits