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Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way Paperback – November 5, 2009
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Brown has done his homework and is able to present his case for feeding a nutrient mix that more closely matches what has been health food for hundred of generations of canines. Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet is chock full of information that supports his premise that the ancestral diet is good stuff for today's dogs. It's a good read, packed with scientifically-backed information, and it presents a practical approach for achieving the goal of helping us to make a healthy diet for our dogs. As easy as ABC. --Randy Kidd, author of Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care
I find this book to be enlightening and invaluable. I especially like the fact that his guidelines can help balance canine diets no matter what the caregiver's level of commitment is to the ancestral diet. Dry food feeders can greatly enhance their pet's nutrition with just one homemade meal a week. Raw fed dogs can benefit from a balancing meal as well. --Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CAC
To prevent chronic disease in dogs you must get a critical balance of species appropriate foods and fats in your companion's diet. Steve Brown understands this and you can too by reading his book. --Karen Becker, DVM
About the Author
Steve Brown turned his passion for canine health into developing leading-edge products and educational programs to improve canine nutrition. He developed Charlee Bear Dog Treats®, one of the best selling dog treats in the US and, in 1998, he developed Steve’s Real Food® for Pets, the first AAFCO-compliant, frozen, raw meat-based diet. Brown is the co-author of See Spot Live Longer and has written numerous articles on canine nutrition published in leading pet health and veterinary journals. Steve lives outside of Eugene, Oregon.
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I believe that RAW feeding is a lifestyle choice that may not suit the majority of dog owners. Until this year, my 36th year as an adult dog owner, I've not had to consider the nutrition of my dogs so much. However, being presented with an allergic dog (a rescue, who for a moment when looking at her feet thought that I would run for the hills)I started down the path of nutrition changes to help this girl (and avoid prolonged vet care). We went from grain-free to RAW two months ago. The difference in her energy is remarkable. Her feet are clear. She is off daily allergy meds.
Regardless, even for commercial dog food feeders, this book has excellent information on how to easily enhance/supplement that feeding program. Further, with so much information and misinformation on RAW regimens (by experts and so-called experts), if the average layperson is not informed about nutritional imperatives (and biological imperatives can never be out-argued in the long term), then it is difficult to evaluate the efficacy of such regimens. I believe that this book, better than any other information that I have seen, satisfies my needs for such understanding to make informed decisions. For my use, it was the perfect blend of technical, practical and most importantly, practicable,knowledge.
I'm unclear as to why some have levied the criticism of 'fussy' and 'impossible'. Based on other diet profiles that I have read, the recipes contained in this book are the EASIEST to acquire and put together than most that I have read. Steve's conversational tone and clearly 'walking the reader through' how the nutritional analysis is done to balance the important underlying ratios provides a roadmap for understanding the technicalities while making this information both accessible and understandable.
Moreover, because Steve is an expert in his field of dog nutrition, I trust the validity of this information over and above many of the anecdotal books out there that are popular, but have untested or unreported nutritional profiles.
If you want to confidently answer the question: How do you know that your homemade recipe is balanced, this book will give you that confidence.
And while it is tempting to make what I consider a specious argument that 'we don't go through such an analysis for ourselves for what we eat, why would we do it for a dog?', dogs do not have the ability to articulate health concerns in the early stages, and our observations about nutritional deficiencies may come too late. Further, epidemiological studies offer abundant proof that our choices are not that great!
My preference is to not risk my dogs' health due to my own ignorance or arrogance, and to be able to honestly answer the question of "how do I know?". I am very, very happy with this purchase, and with it learned for the first time that I could order a "Kindle Edition" without owning a Kindle.
Let me start off that it is vital to own a good pressure cooker, blender that chops ice, a spice grinder, and a kitchen food scale. The ingredients are measured by weight. The right combination of muscle meat, different organ meats, eggs, fish, flaxseed, etc. and suggested substitutes to offer different nutrients allows me to be flexible with the ingredients and still provide a complete meal/diet for my beloved pet. Other approved whole food snacks are listed. I was very impressed.
The dogs loved their chicken meal and I found the recipe easy to follow and ingredients readily available at my local grocery store.