This third book from Dr. Ian Billinghurst was written to help pet owners either understand or expand their knowledge of evolutionary diets for both dogs and cats, commonly contained in the concept of BARF. It contains important background research from his first two books together with lots of new information.
With an eye to the long-term health of pets, Dr Donald Strombeck outlines diets that the care giver can prepare at home or in the clinic in his book titled Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative 1st Edition. He offers nutritional and dietary guidance for animals with particular problems, from obesity, allergies, and gastrointestinal complaints to diseases of the kidney, pancreas, heart and joints. Each recipe includes nutrient content for proteins, fats and calories and all rely on unprocessed foods that are widely available and marketed for human consumption. Full of useful information about nutritional and dietary needs of cats and dogs, this book will be an indispensable guide for all those who are particular about what they feed their pets or their feline and canine patients. (see: Google Books)
A veterinarian may be wary of raw fooding due to lack of information or a negative experience with the diet, which includes treating pets who are malnourished due to an unbalanced raw diet. However, there are many vets who feel positively about real food and seek to educate pet parents, guardians and slaves – globally, Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, and Dr. Patrick Mahaney to name a few – locally, checkout our growing directory!
In our minds, this truly is a fad that is designed to take unknowing pet parents’ money and make a big profit. The idea that Salukis should have mostly goats’ milk, dates, and only a tiny amount of meat because there is hardly any meat in the region they come from, is rather preposterous. These claims fail to consider that all dogs have the same internal anatomy and physiology and the same nutritional needs despite size and breed. For example, view the different skulls of dogs; all of them have the same kinds of teeth that dictate carnivore. If we look at this further from a practical, common sense point of view, we are faced with a powerful question: What about mutts? If dogs have “evolved” in that short time period to eat only the foods from the regions in which they were developed, then what do you feed a dog that has a variety of different dogs contained in its heritage? Most of the time people can only guess what breeds of dogs contributed to their loving pet, and if dogs had to be fed a designer diet, they would be at a loss for what to feed it. Thankfully, canine heritage and nature herself point to the proper answer: feed a raw natural diet.