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Throw Me a Bone: 50 Healthy, Canine Taste-Tested Recipes for Snacks, Meals, and Treats Hardcover – November 4, 2003
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Often excessively high in fat, and regardless of the nutritionist involved in the recipes, these foods will improve your dogs mood, but not his overall health. The best diet for a dog is obtained through a balanced diet of phosphorus to calcium (protein to bone) comparable to what dogs would have eaten in the wild. Although certainly heads and tails above kibble (as is almost anything), I felt that this book didn't give enough information or research into the nutrition requirements of dogs.
To get the best information, and certianly if you're going to go to the trouble of preparing foods for your dog, then I suggest any of a plethora of books on the subject. "Give your dog a Bone" by Ian Billinghurst, or any of Billinghurst's books, Natural Nutrition for Cats and Dogs by Kymythy R. Schultze, or Raw Meaty Bones Promote Health by Tom Lonsdale. Any of these books will help you plan an effective road to health for your dog without catering to the coffeetable book set. (Although I still LOVED the pictures in this book)
That said, the one major flaw in this book is that it is lacking in nutritional information and guidance on how to create a solid diet for your dog. In fairness to the author, the title doesn't necessarily imply this. However, when 'healthy' is part of the title I expect to know what makes each recipe balanced or healthy. Again in fairness to the author she does have a dog trainer and nutrition consultant weigh in on the recipes, but we don't get much detail about what she finds good about the recipes.
Because of this I will be using the cookbook's recipes more as between meal treats or occasional special meals for a special occasion or birthday. If you are looking to the book for this purpose you will be more than satisfied as the book contains everything from Bow-Wow Birthday cake to Pawcakes to Cinnamon Bites. For everyday meals though I am continuing to search for a solid book that gives me more guidance on how I should be balancing my dog's diet to ensure good health.
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Recipes are full of fat, cheese, dairy. If you want your dog to be lean and healthy, don't feed him like this.Published 6 months ago by LJohnson
Love, love, love this book and the recipes! First checked it out from the local library, then decided I had to have it!! Got a great, great deal!Published 11 months ago by Murphy
Great recipes. Book is more than described. Eros, a retired K-9 only got "dog" food all of his life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by pb
I bought this product to be able to make my pups a treat that I knew the ingredients of. They love these recipes and I will continue to use them as long as I have pets.Published on June 19, 2014 by Jessica Stephenson
I liked the book for several reasons: good recipes, little tidbits of information on the page. Easy to read. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Pam
That Cooper knows good food! And, lucky dog, he has Susan Orlean and Sally Sampson (both equipped with opposable thumbs) to cook and wash up for him. Every dog should be so lucky.Published on April 22, 2013 by mllecheree
Most of the dishes I have fixed in here for my dogs they have loved. Dogs don't particularly like spicy food.Published on March 22, 2013 by Susan B Chandler
The author was entertaining, however, I would probably not have purchased this book had I looked at it in a store.Published on July 26, 2012 by Jaxlady
I borrowed this from the library before I bought. Turns out it was a good idea. I only found 3 recipes I would actually make for our dog. too bad... the pictures are super cute.Published on January 12, 2009 by Ara