The ancestors and canine cousins of our dogs didn't eat "krunchy kibble" or "meat'n gravy in a can." They ate what they found or caught and it wasn't cooked or "enriched" either! It was high in protein, with balanced fats, and usually included a few fruits, vegetables and grasses. Steve Brown, an expert on canine nutrition, shows how you can bring the benefits of the canine ancestral diet to your dog by feeding him differently as little is just one day a week. And no, you won't need to lead a pack of dogs on a hunting expedition! Just follow Steve's well-researched and easy to follow ABCs to make improvements to whatever your dog currently eats.
BONUS! Raw food or home prepared feeders will learn how to balance nutrients more precisely, especially fats, for optimum health.
A dog diet to get wild about!
Learn about the latest research on the importance of protein and healthy fats in your dog's diet.
Find out why commercial foods can't include these fragile, but crucial nutrients, and how you can make sure your dog gets them.
Just one day a week, or more frequently if you choose, follow the simple recipes that balance the nutrition in the commercial food you are feeding-wet or dry!
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Table of Contents
1 The canine ancestral diet 5
2 The three weaknesses of modern dog foods 12
Not enough protein 12
Unbalanced, incomplete and, at times, rancid fats 13
Can't be complete without some fresh foods 16
3 Health benefits of the ABC plans 18
Healthy cells 19
Better brains 19
Better eye health 21
Stronger hearts 22
Keeps extra weight off 23
Less chance of common health problems 24
Lower cancer risks 25
4 An ABC Day for dry, canned, and frozen food feeders 27
Results: more like the ancestral diet 36
5 The three keys to making ABC recipes 40
Start with lean meat 41
Balance the fats 42
Balance the minerals and vitamins 49
6 Building beef and chicken recipes, step-by-step 57
Recipe #1 Beef 58
Recipe #2 Poultry 67
Recipe #3 The "perfect fat" recipe 81
7 Storing foods to retain quality 87
Dry foods 87
The shelf life of commercial raw diets 90
8 Advanced nutritional concepts 92
An introduction to the chemistry of fats for dogs 92
Dogs and carbohydrates 99
Kidneys and high protein diets 101
Pet food math 102
A Four high protein, low and balanced fat recipes 108
B Sources of data and the analysis program 111
C Abbreviations 114
Recommended reading list 117
About the Author 133