Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats

 
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This book will help pet-lovers enable their dogs and cats to enjoy an ideal quality of life though a species appropriate diet of raw, natural foods.

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  • good place to start
    Having been encouraged for over 10 years to try a "natural" diet for my dogs, I finally succumbed to the pressure, and read this little book before beginning the raw regimen.

    I must say, that while it is somewhat more expensive and time consuming, my dogs have never looked better. The diet requires a commitment on the part of the owner, and a little planning when traveling. However, my dogs and I have traveled across the country with no issues.

    My Corgis (age 5 months to 9 years) have been on the diet since being having been weaned, and have never had to have their teeth cleaned, show no signs of skin problems, have gorgeous coats, have no "doggy" breath or body odor.

    Suffice it to say that I am convinced, and will not go back to conventional processed food for them.

    If highly processed food is not good for ME, how can it be good for them???...more info
  • DANGEROUS!
    I agree 100% with feeding dogs and cats all natural, whole food diets and am very open-minded, always looking to learn new things about how to feed my crew. My endless research and quest for knowledge led me to this book and, after reading it, left me shaking my head in disbelief, fearing for the safety of the dogs who will be fed this diet by well-intentioned guardians.

    First of all, dogs are NOT wolves - they are distant decendents thereof, and there's a big difference. You don't have to look far at all to find many tragic, heart-wrenching incidences of dogs dying after eating raw bones or getting sick from raw meat. The idea that dogs can not get sick from bacteria is ridiculous, and the assertion that food loses its nutritional value when cooked is false. Foods do not have to be raw to be nutritious!

    My husband and I rescue dogs, and thereby have the opportunity to experience the joys and trials of helping sick, abused and elderly dogs heal on a regular basis. We currently care for a beagle/rottweiler mix with terrible allergy issues, and after much research and trial, we found that when he is fed an all natural diet of meat, fish, veggies, essential oils, the necessary nutritional supplements, Prozyme, a little fruit and a little plain nonfat yogurt, he is at his optimum condition. In fact, all of our dogs eat this diet in rotation with Wellness and Innova and are all gleaming, energetic pictures of magnificent health who never get fleas (and get no chemical flea treatments) - even our oldest seniors and sickest abuse survivors. No dangerous, questionable bones or raw meat required.

    Every dog is different and has different needs, just as people do, so no food plan will ever be the one-size-fits-all 'right' way to do things, and anyone who says it is is full of themselves. Variety is the key to getting all the nutrients needed, just as it is for us. If dogs can enjoy optimum health without the use of risky items such as bones and uncooked meat, why use them? This book offers very little information and absolutely no evidence that the benefit of this diet is worth the potentially devastating risks. ...more info
  • Very informative, Quick read, great to start with
    this is a quick easy read and a great place to start for raw diets, after reading I felt confident to start doing this on my own....more info
  • A miracle!
    Miracles do not happen often, but surely this time one occurred after having read Kymythy Schultze's book. We have a 2 year old Jack Russell, Max, who, despite his lively and affectionate nature, was very difficult as to what he accepted for food. We tried tens of different brands of (dry) dog food, but each time after a few days he refused to continue to eat the stuff. His coat became dull, more and more often he had all kinds of skin affections, small injuries did not heal normally and so on. We bought a range of books on how to best care for your dog, but to no avail. Until I found this book with Amazon and started to feed Max The Ultimate Diet from the day we both read it. The change has been fast and dramatic. His coat has become thick and glossy, not the slightest trace anymore of exzema, injuries (resulting from his buldozer approach when out in the surrounding countryside) heal within a few days and he has become more gay and playful than ever! I think we are even more happy than Max himself since this Good Book came to us!

    Roel and Catherine Van Zummeren, Condom-en-Armagnac, France roelvanzum@aol.com...more info

  • Easy to follow, good info
    I was a vet tech for a holistic vet a few years ago and she recommended this book to every client.

    I followed it to make food for my own dog and cat and never had a problem. They loved it! I think the best thing about this diet is they produce less waste, A LOT less; it's amazing.

    I whole-heartily recommend it to anyone with dogs and/or cats!...more info
  • Not enough hands on information.
    The book was not what I expected. A lot of redundant information on nutrients and bioavailability, a lot of lists, and a whole appendix on references and resources. The list of three diets by weight, a ten pound, fifty pound, and a hundred pound animal was not very useful. My dog is seventy pounds. I was looking for something much more basic in the how to and where to get it. I wanted to know more about chicken necks and turkey necks and not the vitamin or nutrient components of them. The large number of antidotal stores running for many pages may have been interesting if your pet had that specific problem but they are not definitive as to cause and effect or anything else. I wasted my money....more info
  • Good Reading
    This is a good starting point if you are considering a raw or barf diet for you pet ... it is written simply for everyone to understand and gives many helpful observations, answers, and suggestions for those interested in this type of dietary regimine for their dog....more info
  • Natural Nutrition
    Good book. It has explanations how to prepare you dog's food at home. The book is well written and easy to understand. It would be great if it would have had a deeper explanation about gastric system, how the natural food helps the dog and how processed food (cans, kimblees) may impact the dog. May be these topics were outside the main scope of the book. But in general the book help you to understand the benefits of having a ultimate diet as the author mention. ...more info
  • The Great Resource
    This book is the best and most easy to read for up to date holistic treatments for your pet. I own a lot of animal books, and this one is a keeper!!...more info
  • Nice start in the research of the "barf" diet
    this book is a nice intro to the ultimate diet. the downside to this book is that it does not go into enough detail. also, half of the book is filled with testimonies on how well the diet has worked. i would like to see more scientific proof, as well as common sense recipes/ways to feed your pet the barf diet....more info
  • Raw Food Diet

    I found this book extremely helpful. I am somewhat a beginner and have read several books on this subject. I found this one to be one of the most helpful and I use it as my main resource for my dogs diets. I have seen many changes in my dogs since I started this diet...all positive. One of the biggest changes was that I don't think I will ever have another tooth cleaning bill from my Vet....more info
  • The change in our dogs is remarkable...
    This book was recommended to us & we switched to a raw, species-appropriate diet after reading it. I had a few questions I needed answered & this book was informative & educational & never boring. We have 2 BEAUTIFUL American Staffordshire Terriers who are so magnificent on this diet. Every muscle in their bodies is isolated & defined, their coats are luxuriously shiny, their spirits are HIGH! Feeding them is never boring! My husband & I delight as much in preparing their meals as our "kids" delight in eating them! After reading this book & seeing the transformation in our AmStaffs, it all seems so obvious. Common sense!...more info
  • A Great Book For Learning About Raw Diets
    This is the most easily read reference about raw diets out there. Anyone new to raw diets or looking into them should pick up a copy of this book. Though I do not agree with some of the information, it definitely is a worthwhile reference. As someone mentioned there are facts in the beginning about cats in a study, this refers to the Pottenger cat study. The study was by no means any kind of formal study and the cats were being used in research and subjected to other stresses, this study is not the best study in my opinion for proving that a raw diet is best. I feel that while it is worthwhile looking at, new studies need to be done. Also I don't think that she really takes into perspective that every dog is an individual. She says that grains and dairy should not be used whatsoever, but many dogs do well and even thrive on diets including these food groups. It all depends on the dog. Overall this book is a great introduction to raw and a simple, no-nonsense book for beginners....more info
  • Natural Nutrition for dogs and cats
    Very interesting and informative book. A must for anyone who cares what they put into their cats or dogs dishes. Details on raw feeding and cooking for animals. A terrific book for anyone who owns dogs or cats....more info
  • Wonderful starting point for those new to BARF feeding.
    I was feeding BARF for about 3 years before I FINALLY got Kymythy's book.
    By that time I was already so familiar with her ideas as those who introduced me to the change also use her plans as their guide.
    I was so happy and thankful to finally get my own copy.
    Now, her book is part of my Kitten info pack going out with each of my kittens to their new owners.
    I do not follow her diet ''per letter'', and make changes as I learn and as my intuition guide me.... This all comes with researching and becoming informed. As we learn more what benefits our animals, we make changes.
    None the less, an excellent starting point for those new to RAW/BARF feeding.

    My only caution is with those she refers at the back of her book.
    At least one of those listed is performing nothing less than quackery in his ''Holistic'' animal practice. It was hard to tell a kitten buyer to use caution with one of those she refers..... takes away some of the enthusiasm I have for her....more info

  • A wonderful book for the curious pet owner
    I have read more literature on natural diets and "raw food" then I'd like to admit, and I like to think I know a little about the subject, so I approached this book with the "here we go again" mentality. I was pleasantly surprised!

    Kymythy Shultze is very straightforward in her presentation of the facts surrounding commercial pet food. She lays everything out on the table in a matter-of-fact way which I find refreshing. It isn't the biggest book, nor is it a "complete guide" but I believe it is an accurate and enlightening book.

    Best Features:
    Easy-to-read style
    Honest author who seems "friendly" and definitely credible
    Compiled facts for maximum information
    Short and to the point, yet not too superficial

    Other reviewers have mentioned that you can find all of the information contained within its pages in other ("better") books. No, Shultze doesn't have any astonishingly new or outrageous views that can't be found in other natural pet food books or articles... and it is definitely geared more towards dog owners.. But this little book is a great introduction for the curious. Like any book pertaining to dogs, you will want to read more than just one before you consider yourself "informed" and I think this is a good book to begin with. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is partially familiar with natural pet diets or any dog owner willing to learn. I also think it would make a great gift for someone you love who has pets!...more info

  • incorrect medical info
    There is some information that is medically incorrect; so we have lost faith in the author's education and do not feel comfortable putting our dog's health in her hands. This writer might have some correct info but she also has some uneducated ideas that she states as fact. On another note, my friend has her dog on this diet, for only a couple weeks now, and he's less itchy ... with out the raw chicken bones... of course ...

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  • lifesaver
    This book saved my dogs' life. We struggled with a very serious allergy for years, one day I saw Kymythys' book and decided to go with the raw diet. My dogs' health turned the corner and he has never looked back. He will be 10 this year and I could not be more grateful.
    I have read loads of other books on raw feeding but keep coming back to this one.
    ...more info
  • Decent raw diet overview
    This book contains good information on how to feed a raw diet based on Billinghurst's barf diet. I think it would be helpful for people considering switching to a raw diet, as well as beginners.

    My problem with this book is that the author annoyed me. The first quarter of the book is about how wonderful she is. The last quarter of the book is full of amazing anecdotes about animals on her diet. I don't have the patience for either. It you like anecdotes about how wonderful the author and her diet are, you will probably like this book much better than I did.

    While I agree with most of the things the author says about nutrition and dog food companies, she doesn't back up anything she says. If I was starting out as a new raw-feeder, I'm not sure I would find this book very convincing. I definitely wouldn't recommend this book as your only resource.

    For beginners, I would recommend "Raw Dog Food" by Carina Beth MacDonald. For people who want to understand the nutritional principles behind a raw or homemade diet, I would recommend "Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets" by Donald Strombeck. They're a better investment of time and money. ...more info
  • don't believe everything that you read
    I picked up this book at a natural food store thinking it would be a good source of information to improve my pets' health. The book contained very little information, it was very one-sided only giving (non-referenced/non-published) success stories and not mentioning any of the many illnesses and deaths that the raw food diet has caused in many peoples beloved pets.
    The book sounded good to me and I was considering giving my pets some raw bones as the book suggested, but I decided to do a little internet searching and to my horror found the stories of many peoples whose pets had died after only being on this diet for a few days. I'm so glad that I don't believe everything I read - it may have saved my pets lives....more info
  • Killing Little Poochie
    The book starts with a study from the 1930's that showed that it took four generations for cats to recover from a cooked food diet. A study that advances Lamarckian theory is an inauspicious start for any book, let alone a book that could endanger the life of your favorite friend and companion, your dog.
    To a very large extent, this book bases its theories on what is "natural" for your dog, e.g. what your dog would do in the wild. Since there are no references to studies of the diet and lifespan of domesticated dogs that have reverted to a feral state, you will have to take on faith that your highly domesticated animal is either akin to a wild wolf, or that a feral dog is healthier than your animal that will probably live well over a decade. My Border Collie wouldn't make it a week in the wild, let alone five years.
    Exposure to heartworm, fluke, trichinosis, and other parasites is dangerous and a leading cause of death for any wild mammal. Exposure to e-coli, salmonella and other food-born bacteria is highly dangerous - diarrhea is the number one cause of death in human infants in the world. I won't risk my dog's life because cooked food is so "deadly" due to build up of "toxins" as this book proposes. I have weighed the risks and have come up "no contest" for cooked food. There are Web resources that refute the safety of giving your dog raw chicken necks, backs and wings. I feel the very real risk of choking, injury to gums, teeth, throat, stomach and intestines from long-term use of bones in the diet far outweigh unsubstantiated and anectodotal evidence that this will keep my 50 lb. animal healthier. See secondchanceranch.org/rawmeat.html for a serious debunking of these theories.

    You will need to do some critical thinking about the "natural" argument. Do you think you would make it over 40 living like a caveman without sanitary plumbing and indoor heating, a clean water supply and cooked food? Believe me, in places where they don't have it, they don't. Do further research before exposing your omnivorous, highly domesticated mammal to this level of risk....more info
  • Too basic, even for a beginner
    I was new to RAW feeding prior to buying this book. I had done some research and reading on the Internet and already understood the concept of RAW feeding - the core food groups and the recommended proportions of each. However, I needed a book that would help me make the transition from just reading to actually preparing the meals for my pets. This book did not do it for me. It is more of a very basic "theory" book than a "practical" one. I bought the book online - if I had had a chance to flip through it first, I would have gone with another book.

    This book pretty much just explains what the food groups are, how they contribute to the health of your pets and the respective pros and cons. But, like I said, you can get this information for FREE on the Internet! Schultze only gives ONE easy recipe for BOTH dogs and cats, with varying amounts of ingredients depending on the weight of your pet. After joining a few RAW feeding discussion lists, I was told that most of the things I read in the book are NOT recommended by fellow raw feeders (eg: feeding GROUND meat, veggies, kelp & alfalfa supplements and BOTH cod-liver oil and fish oil, etc.) Even I knew going in that you can't use the same recipe for both dogs and cats and yet Schultze only provides one recipe. Cats, I am told, especially don't need veggies, kelp or alfalfa and they don't need cod liver oil.

    This book would have been more useful had I not done any of my own research first so overall I found the content to be quite disappointing. Somewhat informative but NOT very practical....more info

  • For dog and cat lovers
    This book provides a very eye-opening and eventually obvious insight into what a dog or cat's diet should consist of. It alleviates all of those unwarranted fears of feeding the appropriate foods to our four-legged friends. I bought a bunch of copies to give out to people who needed to re-evaluate the way they are feeding their pets....more info
  • Simple comprehensive section on nutrients, their sources and benefits
    If you are looking for straight forward, sound information on providing a raw diet for your pet this is a fine resource. The section on nutrients is very good. In it you will learn what food sources provide what nutients and what parts of the bodys health they aide and supportThe 'shopping list' is also a nice spring board for the newbe. There is a ratio guide that addresses serving size to weight balance. The book includes a significant resource guide as well. If you are interested in providing a Raw, natural, BARF type diet for your pet this is the book I would recomend.
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  • A great starting point
    Having known relativley little on the subject of raw natural diets, I found this book to be an excellent starting point. It is easy to read, consise, to the point, and is very encouraging for the novice. It has a sample monthly menu which I found invaluable when changing my dogs over to the nautral diet. I have since read many books on the subject but I refer back to this book the most. I would have liked more specific information regarding feeding puppies and their specific growing needs....more info
  • Simple comprehensive section on nutrients, their sources and benefits
    If you are looking for straight forward, sound information on providing a raw diet for your pet this is a fine resource. The section on nutrients is very good. In it you will learn what food sources provide what nutients and what parts of the bodys health they aide and supportThe 'shopping list' is also a nice spring board for the newbe. There is a ratio guide that addresses serving size to weight balance. The book includes a significant resource guide as well. If you are interested in providing a Raw, natural, BARF type diet for your pet this is the book I would recomend.
    ...more info
  • this book has opened my eyes!
    I just finished reading this book. And I really urge every pet lover to read it as well. It has really opened my eyes on the way I have been feeding my pets over the years (commercial food) and I just can't wait to take the next step and apply all that I have learned in this book to my everyday pet's life.
    It is so well explained, clear and logical. My oldest cat suffers from bad kidneys, as most cats fed on commercial food. I hope, also I do not doubt it, that changing his diet to a normal carnivore diet will help him get better and enjoy life longer.

    I am very happy I have read this book, and trust in it completely, and encourage every cat and dog lover to do the same (read the book) and give more time and better food to their companion.

    And thank you Kymythy R. Schultze for writing such a wonderful book....more info

  • Decent raw diet overview
    This book contains good information on how to feed a raw diet based on Billinghurst's barf diet. I think it would be helpful for people considering switching to a raw diet, as well as beginners.

    My problem with this book is that the author annoyed me. The first quarter of the book is about how wonderful she is. The last quarter of the book is full of amazing anecdotes about animals on her diet. I don't have the patience for either. It you like anecdotes about how wonderful the author and her diet are, you will probably like this book much better than I did.

    While I agree with most of the things the author says about nutrition and dog food companies, she doesn't back up anything she says. If I was starting out as a new raw-feeder, I'm not sure I would find this book very convincing. I definitely wouldn't recommend this book as your only resource.

    For beginners, I would recommend "Raw Dog Food" by Carina Beth MacDonald. For people who want to understand the nutritional principles behind a raw or homemade diet, I would recommend "Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets" by Donald Strombeck. They're a better investment of time and money. ...more info
  • Not much evidence for this
    Schultze offers no hard, convincing evidence, or argument for her beliefs. It would seem the natural food is better than the junk from the stores. But who knows? Maybe the animals who are doomed to live with man have acclimated to the commercial stuff. I would like to see real and controlled studies to see if there is any significant difference between what this book touts and doggie bisquits. Personal belief and hype just does not cut it....more info
  • Excellent Resource for Raw Food Nutrition
    This book provides a straight-forward approach to a raw-food diet, and the changes required to maintain the health of your pet through the process. It also helps to have someone who can assist you in locating the ingredients locally, but Schultze provides all the requisite information that you will need. A great resource to go to when you get a nagging question, or have a concern. Try not to let people talk you out of trying the diet, as you WILL see changes in the health of your pet; many veterinarians that I have spoken with are not particularly supportive. My 2 y/o Lab has a softer coat, clearer eyes, and better muscle tone since I have started him on the diet. This diet is slightly more expensive than feeding dog chow, but the reward of having a healthy, happy pet far outweigh the associated costs. Good luck, and enjoy your pet!...more info

 

 
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