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Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals Paperback – June 22, 2010
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"A good diet can mean the difference between a happy healthy dog, and one that suffers from a variety of ailments, such as allergies, obesity, diabetes and other common conditions. In her new book, Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs, American Kennel Club judge and canine nutritionist Dr. Lew Olson introduces you to the benefits of home feeding your canine companion… Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs is an excellent resource for both novice and seasoned home-prepared feeders."
—Animal Wellness Magazine
“Raw & Natural Nutrition For Dogs is a key guide to making homemade, nutritious meals for dogs, and is a ‘must’ for any pet owner who wants specifics on nutritional needs and raw foods. Recipes and diets for a range of pet conditions can be adapted by weight for different breeds and ages and offer whole-food recipes perfect for any new to at-home pet foods.”
—Midwest Book Review
“[Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs] is by far the best dog nutrition book I have read to date… Taking the leap from kibble to real is a scary one; Lew Olson, PhD makes it clear and much less frightening.”
—Just Dogs with Sheri
“Lew discusses canine nutritional needs and explains the research on how home-prepared foods, particularly raw foods, can meet pets' needs better than commercial, processed dog food. Very important stuff...especially with all the nasty news and recalls on processed foods over the past years! But the best part is that Lew talks about how you can start with small steps to improve your dog's diet, and grow from there! And for those that think feeding raw is difficult, well, this book will make you think it's easy and you can do it too… We highly recommend the book.”
—Raise A Green Dog!
About the Author
Lew Olson has written for numerous dog magazines, including The New Zealand Dog Gazette, The Rottweiler Quarterly, Mein Hund Naturich Gesund, and The Total Rottweiler. An AKC judge and the president of two dog clubs, Olson has designed several dog supplement blends. She lives in Magnolia, TX.
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I am one that is not comfortable or convinced on the feeding of bones or feeding raw meats (especially of pork, poultry & fish), but I understand why most raw feeders look toward the science and ancestory of the wolf to determine dogs are carnivores & meant to eat raw. Yet, 5,000 years ago(even 200 years ago for that matter), there wasn't so much worry about illnesses caused by pesticides and polution, as there is today. In today's wilderness, even these wolves, coyotes, etc.. (eating their hunt) aren't living as long as their ancestors did...and even then, the alpha of the pack usually is the one getting the best parts of the hunt (in a given group). Wildlife just isn't as healthy as they once were. So, this is hard for me to justify feeding my huskies raw meats and bones as the only answer. They aren't in the wild...they are domesticated, and instead of going out to hunt, they are relying on their human parents to provide them the best nutrition.
What I appreciate about "Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals", is that it was written for those interested in feeding raw, those desiring to homecook their dog's meals and even those that only wish to supplement their "kibble"...it was meant to help inform. Of course, as I'd want it, it does focus mostly on the raw feeding and homecooking, by providing sample recipes. It's definitely not one of those, "the only way to help your dog live a long and healthy life is by feeding raw" type books. Raw feeding isn't for everyone & the writer understands that.
The author not only goes into explaining the importance of nutrition in a dog's diet, but also the reasons behind those nutrients and the best sources to get them. Regardless of whether you prepare raw foods or cook for your dog, the importance is in the meat & fats. This book will definitely help guide you along to have a better understanding of canine nutritional needs. I love how the vitamin & mineral section isn't so generic and vague! Too many nutrition & diet books for dogs encourage you to rely on adding full spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplements to their diets, and they generally fail to explain the whys and where to get these nutrients. Olson goes a step further and helps guide you through this area where others slack off. There is also interesting information and nutritional tips for feeding and caring for dog's with health issues.
If raw feeding isn't for you, don't be discouraged by the title...this book is an awesome resource. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has a dog. This is one of those books that should be on every canine parent's shelf.
I bought this for my two english bulldogs who deal with yeast and itchy skin. There is an entire section dedicated to dealing with food and these particular allergies tying it back to the good old glycemic index. I wanted to make their food, but wasn't ready to go raw as it was intimating. This book was perfect. It gave me multiple easy straight forward recipes, the vitamins I should add and voila, it was done. SO EASY. If I wanted to move to raw, it gave me meal plans for that as well. It made the transition from dry kibble to partly homecooked a cinch, and then the final transition to all homecooked a breeze.
Sure, this information is on the internet, but after countless hours of research by a fairly good researcher, I was overwhelmed by it all. This book is great and lays it all out there easy and simple. It also has tips for dealing with other health issues like seizures, etc. I can not recommend it enough. Sure its closely tied to the vitamin line, but its not sitting there saying "only our vitamins" will work. I felt like it was very unbiased and understanding of many different lifestyles. If you deal with any health issues with your pets, this book will help an incredible amount, helping you to understand WHY commercial pet food isn't good and WHY you should go to a more natural and meat based diet vs the carb heavy diet of commercial food.
NOTE, IF YOU HAVE DOGS WITH ITCHY/YEASTY SKIN ISSUES: like bulldogs.....they need NO CARBS! That means NO sweet potato, NO potato, NO rice, NO peas, NO tapioca.....commercial foods don't list the carbs because they are so cheap that they make up 30-60% of the food when they should at most be only 15%. A dog with yeast issues should have no carbs if at all possible. If you are looking for a commercial kibble that will work, the only one out there I have found is Wysong Epigen which has 8% carbs. You calculate the carbs by starting at 100, subtract protein, subtract fat, subtract moisture, subtract 8% for ash (not typically listed). That gives you a pretty good idea of how many carbs are in the food. Dont subtract fiber since that is essentially carbs. Hope this helps.
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