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The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend Hardcover – 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1St Edition edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597732
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L Smith VINE VOICE on July 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love to browse through different cookbooks. I have quite a collection, and usually go to the library to find new recipes to try before I decide to purchase the entire book. I normally look for 3 things in a cookbook, besides delicious recipes that will work for my family (including my dogs). This includes:

1) Pictures of more than ¾ of the recipes (Color pictures are the best)

2) A spiral binding, or at least on that easily lays flat

3) New & innovative recipes that have ingredients I can easily find at a grocery store

For this book, I combined my love of my three dogs, with my interest in fun, interesting cookbooks. The recipes are great, and I love that the book includes a chapter for dogs with special needs (allergies to certain food products) as I have a dog that is allergic to both corn and wheat. The chapters include: Cookies by the Spoonful, Cookie-Cutter Treats, Special Goodies for Special Occasions, Good Dogs Deserve Good Treats, and Delicacies for Dogs with Special Needs. The only thing that I disliked about the book is that there are no actual photographs of the finished recipes, and was not in a binding that laid flat. Otherwise, this is a wonderful cookbook with recipes that should leave any dog and their human begging for more great recipes.

Some of dog's favorites include: Tummy Tempting Chicken Soup Cookies, Ginny's Bonanza Treats, Carrot Crunchies, Turkey Day Treats, Grain Free Goodies, and Beef and Barley Biscuits. Enjoy!
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Format: Hardcover
This book uses a lot of "pre-made" ingredients (dog kibble, cereal, pancake mix) in the recipes, if that is what you are looking for than this is the book for you.
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This is a cute book with a nice variety of treats to make for your dog. The extra nice part is the fact that it fast tracks you to getting the treats made. It doesn't really take you down to making them completely from scratch in all cases, but rather tells you what to get at the store to make treats out of. Instead of telling you start with wheat flour and eggs and water and mix, blah, blah, blah. It tells you "2 cups of Cheerios or Kashi cereal" or "2 cups of dry dog kibble, crushed" and a lot start with varities of Bisquick or Jiffy muffin mixes. This is a nice time saver for all of us who want to make treats for our pets but don't have all day to roll out dough and do it all truly from scratch. Don't worry, there's still enough that you'll need to add that you won't feel like you're just buying dog biscuits at the store.
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The writers of this book obviously don't know anything about dogs and what is harmful to them. For example (and probably the biggest thing) the taco recipe in here calls for Avocados... Avocados are BAD for animals (not just dogs) do a google search on it, your dog could DIE. I have a "101 things you didn't know could harm your pet) from the ASPCA, and the things that are listed in this book as things that are bad for your pet THAT ARE ALSO IN THIS BOOK are
Avocados (the book even gives a "nutritional notes" saying how good it is for them... scary)
Garlic
Onion
Salsa (yes it actually calls for salsa)
This book seems unprofessional, almost if someone who does not own a dog wrote it. Now maybe the dogs they tested it on were "ok" with it, but all the "tester" dogs were big dogs, takes more to hurt them, while I have 2 mini dachshunds, and that much avocado or onion could send them to the hospital.
Now past all the bad recipes and bad ideas, they book does have some good ones (BUT you have to know what you are doing, and whats the point of buying a book just for dog treats if you have to look up every dang ingredient)
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This has a lot of good doggy treats, but it uses a lot of canned products (campbells soup, bisquick ect) and most recipes have cornmeal in them which is a dog allergen. Other than that it has lots of tips and lots of recipes. Just not from scratch..the semi homemade of dog cookbooks
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Just received a copy of this book a company included free with some baking supplies I ordered.

I can see why they are giving it away free without me asking for it.

Many of the recipes include ingredients you shouldn't give dogs.

In particular GARLIC. You should not give dogs garlic.
Some of their recipes have it from other products (broth) and some have you add it directly including at least one called for as much as 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

Also many include store mixes that include sugar (Jiffy Muffin Mix), high amounts of salt (store broth or bouillon), dairy (milk, cheese, cream cheese), and onion (broth,bouillon).

Dogs do not need added sugar.
Adult Dogs have very limited lactase so can not digest much dairy.
Dogs do not need added salt. Large amounts of salt (sodium) are harmful and they get sodium/salt from other things they eat. Some things (spinach as one example) are naturally high in sodium.

If you are baking your own treats, the whole point is you can control the ingreditents. So why put in things that should never be put in? are questionable to put in? or can be toxic in higher amounts?

Further the damaging effect of onion (and I think garlic too, didn't have time to find the reference) can be cumulative.

So why intentionally put any in something you make?

The book says all the recipes are reviewed by a vet, Deb Eldridge DVM
a quick google search shows that she describes herself as "semi-retired veternarian - writer"
[...]
Apparent she got her DVM from Cornell in '91.
Historically Vet schools didn't do a lot of nutrition education and no idea what if any subsequent nutrition education or research this vet has.
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