Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals

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***The first guide to both raw feeding and healthy homecooked meals for dogs.

In the whirlwind of information about local, organic, and whole foods, it’s easy to forget that our canine companions can also benefit from—and deserve—a more natural and nurturing diet. Preparing Fido’s food at home may seem daunting, but it’s really not, says Lew Olson in Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. Olson discusses canine nutritional needs and explains the research on how home-prepared foods, particularly raw foods, can meet...

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Overview

***The first guide to both raw feeding and healthy homecooked meals for dogs.

In the whirlwind of information about local, organic, and whole foods, it’s easy to forget that our canine companions can also benefit from—and deserve—a more natural and nurturing diet. Preparing Fido’s food at home may seem daunting, but it’s really not, says Lew Olson in Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. Olson 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. Step-by-step instructions and recipes make preparation easy. The book includes charts with the recipes, instructions on keeping diets simple and balanced, guidelines on preparation, suggestions for finding ingredients, and how much to feed a dog by body weight. There are recipes for healthy adult dogs as well as guidelines for puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with health conditions including pancreatitis, renal problems, gastric issues, allergies, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer. Pet owners seeking to give their dogs a better coat, better skin, and healthier teeth and gums, as well as longer lives and more stable temperaments, are sure to welcome this book.

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Editorial Reviews

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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!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556439032
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 145,008
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Nutrition Basics 1

Chapter 1 The Untold History of Dog Food 3

Chapter 2 Canine and Digestion Anatomy Made Simple 13

Chapter 3 Protein Is a Dog's Best Friend 17

Chapter 4 The Real Low-Carb Revolution 23

Chapter 5 Fats for Canine Health 29

Chapter 6 Getting the Mineral Balance Right 34

Chapter 7 Vitamins and Supplements for Canine Health 45

Part II Feeding Your Dog the Easy Way 55

Chapter 8 Feeding Homemade Diets the Easy Way 57

Chapter 9 Feeding Raw the Easy Way 64

Chapter 10 Feeding Cooked Diets the Easy Way 72

Chapter 11 No Quibble with Kibble 78

Chapter 12 Feeding Your Puppy 82

Chapter 13 Feeding Senior Dogs 92

Chapter 14 Diet and Pregnancy 95

Chapter 15 Feeding on the Go 101

Chapter 16 Working Dog Diets 105

Chapter 17 Why Your Dog Is Not a Vegetarian 110

Chapter 18 Picky Eaters 115

Part III Remedial Diets Made Simple 121

A Guide to this Section 122

Chapter 19 Heart-Healthy Diets 123

Chapter 20 Diets for Dogs with Cancer 132

Chapter 21 Diets for Kidney Needs 141

Chapter 22 Diets for Liver Needs 150

Chapter 23 Diet and Pancreatitis 158

Chapter 24 Low-Glycemic Diets 165

Chapter 25 Diet and Skin Problems 176

Chapter 26 Diet and Joint Problems 180

Chapter 27 Diets for Bladder Health 187

Chapter 28 Diet and Gastric Problems 198

Chapter 29 Diet and the Immune System 207

Notes 213

Index 219

About the Author 227

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    Best Available

    There are a small handful of books available about why to feed raw, steps to begin to feed raw, etc, but this book is the first I've seen that is a step by step guide to formulating the correct diet for your dog. It does a wonderful job of outlining health benefits, but also telling you how to create a menu. Many chapters cover special needs from the pregnant female to more uncommon health issues. This is the book I wish had been available when I started feeding a raw diet to my dogs. I will recommend (and maybe even buy) it for every one of my puppy buyers in the future.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    The best raw book out there yet.

    I have most all of the raw feeding books. I like this far and above all the others because she really spells out all the various nutrients needed for a dog and what foods you get them from, just very reassuring that the raw natural foods contain all the nutrients that a dog really needs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Great information

    Ive fed my showdogs raw for 12 years and have read every book about canine nutrtion . Lew puts it together simply , a common sense guide to feeding companion carnivores .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    Great book to get started

    I wasn't sure about feeding my dog raw food untile i read this book. Everything you need to know to get started and why it's better for your dog is in this book. Everything from suppluments, specific nutritional info even how dog food was originally invented and later marketed. I will never feed my dog commercial dog food again.

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