Real Food for Dogs: 50 Vet-Approved Recipes to Please the Canine Gastronome


Your dog will howl for more

Instead of scolding your dog for begging at the table, pull up a chair and invite him to sit down! With these 50 vet-approved, easy-to-prepare recipes - from Pooch Pancakes to Gobble-Down Goulash - you can make nutritious and delicious food for your dog, and you'll laugh out loud at Anne Davis's delightful illustrations as you cook. You'll also learn "Canine Nutrition 101" and pick up helpful tips on dog care. A ...

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Your dog will howl for more

Instead of scolding your dog for begging at the table, pull up a chair and invite him to sit down! With these 50 vet-approved, easy-to-prepare recipes - from Pooch Pancakes to Gobble-Down Goulash - you can make nutritious and delicious food for your dog, and you'll laugh out loud at Anne Davis's delightful illustrations as you cook. You'll also learn "Canine Nutrition 101" and pick up helpful tips on dog care. A section on prescription diets is included for dogs with special needs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“…homemade alternatives to commercial foods for pampered pets and their doting owners.” Detroit News

“Whimsical illustrations by Anne Davis, tips about hairballs and other animal oddities, plus some tempting double-whammy recipes, make these a palatable gift option for the pet-owner on your list who has everything.” –Detroit News

“Fun and full of supportive messages for healthy, active pet ownership, this book has chapters on nutrition for dogs as well as recipes for healthy dog treats and special diets.” – Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

“These are real cookbooks for those who wish to cook for their pets. The recipes are ‘vet approved’ and designed for variety, health, and meeting the special needs of certain pets.” – The Tampa Tribune, FL

“…plenty of funny illustrations of cartoon dogs…recipe titles keep the humor going with names like Howling Good Stew.” – The Tampa Tribune, FL

“A whole book of nothin’ but dog biscuits…pages and pages of ‘em. Biscuits for big dogs, little dogs, beef-flavored, cheese-flavored, even fruit flavored. Woof, woof!” –Orgeonian, Portland, OR

“I love this book. Ya want me to roll over? Play dead? Shake? Come on, look at me beggin’ here!”

Orgeonian, Portland, OR

“Here’s a book a dog can sink her teeth into…”– Orgeonian, Portland, OR

" …Moore dishes up a plateful of easy-to-make, pooch-pleasing recipes…" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174244
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 566,517
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Arden Moore is the author of 20 books on cats and dogs, including The Cat Behavior Answer Book, The Dog Behavior Answer Book, and Real Food for Dogs. She is the editor of Fido Friendly magazine, editor of Catnip, an animal behavior consultant and host of “Oh Behave!”, a weekly radio show on Pet Life She has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, HGTV’s "Smart Solution," Martha Stewart Living Radio, NPR and hundreds of radio and television programs. She is known as "America’s Pet Edu-Tainer™" and gives pet talks throughout North America. Learn more by visiting her at

Anne Davis is an award-winning artist whose illustrations adorn the greeting cards produced by her company, Anne Made Cards. Davis's special relationship with animals inspires her art, and her commissioned animal portraits appear in many private collections.

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Munchy Pup-cakes

Coco, a black Poodle, looks forward to her birthday each year. That's because her owner, Susan Baker of Atlantis, Florida, loves to usher in the special day with this cupcake recipe. "Coco is very good about eating her commercial dog food, but her whole body tarts wiggling with delight when I pull these cupcakes out of the oven," says Baker. You, too, can celebrate your dog's big day. Invite a few of his four-legged friends over to help him gulp down these goodies.

3 cups water

2 carrots, shredded

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons honey

2 ripe bananas, mashed

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350ªF.

2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the water, carrots, egg, vanilla, and honey. Add the mashed bananas.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

4. Pour the flour mixture into the carrot mixture and mix thoroughly.

5. Spray a 12-cupcake pan with nonstick spray.

6. Fill each cup about three-quarters full.

7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

8. Cool before serving.

Fido Thanksgiving Feast

Allow your dog to participate in the Thanksgiving festivities with this special dish.

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 cup mashed potatoes

1 egg

1/2 cup diced cooked turkey meat

1/2 cup chopped broccoli

1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

1. Warm the olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium heat.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the potatoes and egg.

3. Pour the potato and egg mix into the pan. Add the turkey and broccoli.

4. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the egg is cooked.

5. Top with the grated cheese and let it cook for a few minutes longer to allow the cheese to melt.

6. Let cool before serving.

Beans and Bacon Stir-Fry

Beans and bacon. Your first reaction may be "ugh," but your dog will bark out, "Bring on the B&B!" Use this dish to celebrate very special occasions - birthdays, the successful end of housebreaking, a return home from a stay at the vet, and so on.

3 strips bacon

1 16-ounce can kidney beans

3 carrots, peeled and diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 celery stalks, diced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh or

3 teaspoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon apple vinegar

Pinch of black pepper

1. Cook the bacon strips in a large skillet. Do not drain the grease. Break up the bacon into little pieces.

2. Warm the kidney beans in a separate pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir often.

3. Add the carrots, garlic, and celery to the skillet with the bacon. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add the beans, parsley, apple vinegar, and pepper to the mix.

5. Cool before serving.

"Go Fetch" Stew

Your dog may never tire of retrieving that beloved tennis ball - at least not before you do - and he won't get tired of eating this tasty dish, either.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 pounds lamb (remove the fat and cut into 1-inch cubes)

1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon allspice

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup apple vinegar

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the lamb and brown on all sides.

2. Remove the lamb from the pan and add the apple, paprika, allspice, cinnamon stick, and cinnamon. Stir slowly over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Put the browned lamb back into the pan and add the tomato paste and water. Bring to a simmer.

4. Reduce to low heat, cover the pan and let the ingredients simmer for 1 hour. Then add the apple vinegar and simmer for 15 minutes longer.

5. Cool before serving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    What every dog mom or dad needs ..

    This book is full of useful information. Good starter 'how to' information. I have minpins 15 & 7, and a rescued 10 year old large dog. I started fixing my oldest, due to health issues, meals and treats. The change was amazing! Now their all on what I call a low fat high carb diet. Lots of carrots and sweet potatoes too.

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