Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

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PitcairnOver 400,000 copies of this treasured classic have been sold since its original publication more than 20 years agoThe book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revisedfor the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care. They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. Theyve updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth Quick Reference section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorderswith special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies.

Customer Reviews:

  • Detailed, Helpful Pet Health Info
    This is a wonderful book with a ton of great, detailed information, including many balanced & healthful recipes for your pet, alternatives to toxic chemical flea & tick products, and some basic information on herbal, and homeopathic remedies to physical ailments & emotional/behavioral problems....more info
  • Dr. Pitcairn's book
    I bought this book on the recommendation of many people on various cat-related lists. Because of the recent pet food problems, I decided that we really needed to be more "pro-active" in our pets' care. This is a good place to start. Easy to read, but not simplistic, starts with the basics. I recommend this book to responsible pet owners....more info
  • I would definitely order from MarJams again.
    This used book I ordered came to me in mint condition. Also, I always choose the cheapest shipping available and I received the book sooner than expected. I ordered it on December 10th thinking because of the Holidays coming up it might be a while before I received it. I got it in less than a week. I am very pleased with MarJams service. Thank you so much for the great customer service....more info
  • needs more recipes
    I was really looking for more recipes than are offered in this book. Also not quite ready to do raw feeding and didn't realize that most of the recipes are raw. There is quite a bit of info on nutrition so if that is what you are looking for this is the book. ...more info
  • Great reference book for your pooch!
    This book is packed with good information for your pet's health and well-being. Definitely worth every penny if your "pup" is a member of the family. I have lots of pet-health books, but find myself always going back to this book for the information I need. This book is a MUST HAVE for every pet-lover....more info
  • The one book to own on pet care
    If you could only have one book to guide you on animal care, this would be the one to choose. We've been using Dr. Pitcairn's guide since the early eighties, and recently upgraded to the latest edition. This book has saved lives on more than one occasion. Dr. Pitcairn's information on pet nutrition alone is well worth the cost of the book. Both of our children recently set up households of their own, with pets, of course; we are giving them both copies of Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. We have to do so, so that our book isn't "on loan" when we need to consult it!...more info
  • Contains Good Advice
    Maybe it's just me but, do you know dogs like to eat bananas? And that they love carrots? And apples? And nuts?

    These are so healthy for them that I began, as the book advices, adding vegetables and fruits (make sure to check though, some plants--like a potato bush, potatoes are fine, it's the plant that's not--may be poisonous to animals)

    In just couple of weeks our ten year old labs look so much healthier, their furs are shinier!...more info
  • Excellent book!
    This is a must for dog and cat owners who want to give their pets a healthy natural diet and who want to use alternative medicine -- a really super book with tons of information!...more info
  • Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to natural Health for Dogs and Cats
  • Valuable Update to a Classic
    I have had the original Pitcairn guide for many years now, and consider it a classic in the field of natural healthcare for pets. As a canine behavior specialist, I am well aware of the link between nutrition and behavior issues, so I find this information especially valuable and have recommended it to many of my clients.

    I like that this new edition contains information on environmental pollutants and toxins, which is a topic that is thankfully coming more to the forefront in the public's minds. This book will help owners to understand just how much of an impact those factors can have on our beloved pets.

    To comment on a review by another reviewer, I am guessing that the information regarding raisins and grapes and the link to renal failure came to light after this guide was published, and I certainly hope that any recommendations to include raisins in the diet will be removed in future printings.
    - Nicole Wilde, author Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior...more info
  • Dr. Pitcairn's Guide
    Absolutely love this book! My mini-doxie has been on an organic diet for 2-1/2 years now and is very healthy and happy. The natural tips for bathing rinses, tips for making healthy powder and even first aid & CPR for your furry loved one are above reproach.
    Even prior to the pet food scare, we have decided that a Natural and Organic approach to his quality of life is the only way. Your dog or cat will fair so much better on this health plan that to see it is to believe it. Thank you, Dr. Pitcairn.
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  • *****5+ Star Book!!!*****
    **Updated 05-13-09**

    I originally give this book a 2 star and mentioned that it was difficult to read. Well, I was wrong! I gave this book another reading and used Dr. Pitcairn's suggestions on my Rottweiler, Zeus. It has produced miracles on my dog!

    Zeus has always had something wrong with him in one way or another. The vet has never actually pin pointed his problems. He suffered with stiff neck, limping, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of energy, hot spots and the list can go on and on. I even had acupuncture done on him, and it only helped temporary.

    Due to the dog food scare that happened a while ago, although his food was not on the list, it was too close to home. I used Dr. Pitcairn's raw diet "Doggie Oats". Zeus is a large dog (over 110 lbs.) and it would cost a lot to feed him a raw diet. I have found that the Doggie Oats diet for him is budget friendly. I can find the ground turkey on sale and freeze it until needed (I actually bought a new refrigerator, those French doors with freezer on the bottom for his food, and I love it too). The rest of his items are human friendly and I have no problem with feeding him this diet. I only give him the "Healthy Powder", liquid glucosamine, along with the Doggie Oat raw diet, and my 10 ? year old Rottweiler acts like he is 4 years old!

    I never thought Zeus would make it to 9 years old. He is now 3 months away from being 11 years old! I am amazed! I am very happy to come across Dr. Pitcairn's book. Even our vet is surprised with Zeus' health. Since Zeus has been on the raw diet, he has been to the vet twice in the past year...once for hot spots (a common problem with him since he was a puppy. This past summer, we only had one case vs. in the past with 2 or more cases of hot spots during the summer), and his senior annual exam. The vet even lowered Zeus' thyroid medication. I love the book and recommend it to all dog loving parents. Several of my dog loving friends have borrowed this book and their dogs are doing amazing well!!!!!
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  • The diet didn't really work for me
    I had high hopes for this diet. One of my cats is 15lbs. At first the cat's seemed to like the food. I think because it was very fresh. The night I first made it they were eating it off the fork. I was excited. But after a few days they started eating the portions I had to freeze and both cats (the healthy one and the fat one) were throwing up constantly. I know it said in the book that the animal might kind of "purge" for a couple days on the new diet but this was out of control. And after more than two weeks on the diet they wouldn't eat it at all. I had to toss it all out and go back to Wellness Brand food. Also, the recipes are for HUGE amounts of food. I spent about $100 on the first two batches with all the vitamins and supplements. I might try again but this time making a small batch so that they're only eating it when it's fresh, not frozen....more info
  • Overwhelming but worth it
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about cooking for their pets. It has several basic recipes for both dogs & cats with lists of ingredients you can substitute to change it up.

    At first I was completely overwhelmed by the information in this book. I bought it after the pet food recall so that I could begin cooking for my 2 cats. I read the first chapters about the pet food industry and general pet nutrition, and was excited to get to the recipes.

    The recipes, I must've read through 4 times before deciding I just couldn't do it. I went to a holistic pet food store and they sold me a bunch of supplements and told me to just cook up a chicken & add a little of this & a little of that. The chicken recipe lasted 1 week, and as I added these supplements each day I began to realize that this was all completely unscientific, and I felt like I may be over supplementing my cats.

    So I went back to the book. I wrote up a list of all the ingredients I would need to make the supplement recipe in the book and headed out to the health food store. I found everything there for about $80 (in Manhattan) -- but it will last months.

    I whipped up 2 recipes last weekend and split it up into daily portions & froze. One cat was completely enthused while the other is taking time to adjust. But the book also tells you how to ween your cat off canned food & onto a homemade diet. It's working great.

    If you think cooking for your pet will be easy, it's not. But with patience & practice you can get a routine down and feel confident that you are making the best possible choice for your cats & dogs.
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  • I am delighted to have this book!
    I have 2 dogs and I am not ready to make all of their meals from scratch ...I still need to do more research and read more Whole dog Journals ... but this book is wonderful because it tells me ways I can enhance their lives, what vegetables and grains I can and should not add, wonderful advice to add kelp and bone meal and other healthy things my dogs benefit from ... I also have taken advice from the herbal preparations when my dogs have had problems. This is an interesting and enjoyable book to read and a terrific safe basic written by a vet. I keep this book out all the time and use it often. If you have a cat or dog whom you love, and you want to help him or her live a healthier life, I would highly reccomend reading this book. You can follow the easy recipes or you can just give healthy additions and healthy snacks....more info
  • Wonderful Read
    This book is extremely helpful if you are looking for alternative foods for your cat or dog....more info
  • Great book!
    If you care about your pet's health and well-being, buying Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats is the must-have book.
    From providing full information about such basics as nutrition (including cost-effective and delicious recipes) to training tips and even advice on how to maintain your pet's psychological health, the book is a gem.
    After starting reading it I couldn't stop until a few hours later, when I was through the first part! It is really refreshing to finally hear an unbiased opinion of the holistic and experienced veterinarian. A lot of issues that the book discusses are not commonly found in other pet care guides.
    I would advise to anyone who encountered health problems in their pets to study the book and come to a better understanding of why it's happening. And don't hesitate to take the given advice because it is based on the rich experience of the author!...more info
  • A Killer of a Book...
    If you are in to homeopathy and want to use such toxins as Poison ivy and belladonna on your beloved pet, then this book is for you. Mine is in the trash can....more info
  • Real Help for Pets
    I originally bought this book at a garage sale and have used it for many years with miraculous results in two cases. There are recipes for natural dog and cat food that can relieve allergy problems and sometimes even remove them. Good information. Excellent advice. Practical knowledge. Proven results. I have now bought copies for others with problems that their vets can't fix....more info
  • This book is awesome
    Once you've read this book, you'll never go back to commercial dog food again. This book was very informative and helped me understand everything I needed to get started cooking for my dog. And it's easy! It takes about 30 minutes to prepare food for your pet for the whole week. I've only been cooking for him for 2 weeks and he's like a puppy again. If you love your dog, buy this book - You're dog will thank you. ...more info
  • great resource
    this is a great resource book. It has lots of background info on dog foods and so much info on great supplements. It could be made easier with breakdowns or charts to guide you for quicker reference, because I find myself having to flip back and forth a lot. There is definitely lots of info and it has to be read more than once. I think the recipes are sound and easy to make. Although I can't cook for my dogs all the time, at least I can do it whenever they are ill or recovering from some ailment or surgery to ensure that their bodies are strong when they need to heal. This book makes it manageable to do that....more info
  • Excellent information.
    This book is extremely helpful with lots of good information in caring for your pet. It informs you on how to keep your pet as healthy as possible and avoid the vets office. Wonderful advise....more info
  • Not much of a recipe book
    I was looking for a recipe book for my dog that has a number of food allergies. When I searched Amazon for that, this book came up first. I bought it and it's a great book for holistic care of dogs and cats, but has only a few recipes. If you're looking for a general health care book for your animal, this is great. If you're looking for a recipe book, this ain't it....more info
  • Great for allergies
    Our 13 year old dog had more allergies than any dog the vet had ever seen. After being on a diet from this book for just a few weeks she has stopped scratching, biting her paws and her arthritis is even better. She used to go to the vet every six weeks for shots, now she hasn't been in a year and is doing great. A little technical, but great information on high-quality food for your pet. We make it in bulk every weekend or two and freeze it for the week....more info
  • Not worthwhile for cat owners and if not a Vet
    This book seems to be based on opinion and does not seem to be research based, as there were no references. I found the book to be mostly focused on dogs. The information for some specific conditions for our feline friends had homeopathic remedies listed, that in my opinion, should only be administered by a Veterinarian with experience in homeopathy and one who fully understands all of your pets health issues. I tried to look up info on Hyperthyroidism in Cats and both the prescription pharmaceutical and the holistic herbal remedies that I had hoped to find where not even mentioned, nor was any homeopathic treatment for cats for that condition. The author also stated his bias that if a cat had hyperthyroidism it must be because he/she had been given vaccines, and as my cat has not been vaccinated and has this condition I wondered about the validity of his opinions. Dissapointing. ...more info
  • Informative!
    I had a sick dog and found this book very informative, especially the section on cooking for your dog....more info
  • Dr. Pitcairn's new complete guide to natural health for dogs and cats
    This book did wonders for my dog who had constant urinary tract infections. I spent a lot of money for antibiotics and tests that never cured the problem. When I changed my dog's diet as suggested by the doctor, she never had another infection again. It's all in the diet and I recommend it to every dog owner....more info
  • Answers Troublesome Beginner Questions and More
    Before I switched to a raw diet, I had some troubling questions that I couldn't find answers to that I would trust.

    1.) How do I know my dog is getting the correct nutrition? I can`t afford a nutritionist for myself, I certainly can't hire one for my canine best friend. I don't want to hurt her.

    2.) How much will it cost?

    3.) How hard will it be to do, and can I find the supplies?

    4.) Why is my dog throwing up all the time, and the vet isn't sure why? I have her on meat based kibble, but will this help?

    The answers to all of this are covered in Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. I learned it's very easy to provide balanced nutrition for your pet, with easy to follow recipes which take ingredients you can find most anywhere. It wasn't the advice of tossing a bowl of raw chicken necks and let them munch, which I read on another book's review had made someone's dog extremely sick. The base recipe calls for ground turkey, vegetables, cooking oil, and oatmeal. It couldn't be easier. I mix it with other bits and cuts of meat, offer fruit for the occasional treat, and the problems my dog previously had have vanished. She used to have gas all the time, and even though I used a meat based, high end kibble, she threw up on average of about once every two weeks.

    She been on this diet for months and hasn't thrown up since. She also has more energy (being a Boston Terrier cross, that's a bit scary, really...)

    Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats is scientific in layman's terms and supports the claims they make with experience and intelligence. It lacks the sensational claims I'd found on the internet, replacing it with common sense and thoughtful advice, taking you step by step through how your pet's digestive system works, why you might want to consider a raw diet, what nutrition means (I learned a few things about handling my own food), and beyond. There's information about choosing a dog breed for you, vaccinations, puppy/kitten/pregnancy care, how to prevent many illnesses or problems, and how to deal with them if they happen. I was impressed that there was even information about the grieving process when you lose them, and how to help a terminally ill pet cope.

    I highly recommend this book because it took the swamp of information out there and brings it together to make sense. I checked it out from the library (as mentioned, I'm a skeptic) and it made a believer out of me before I was 25% done. I now own my own copy, and wouldn't be without it....more info
  • Dr Pitcairns natural health
    This is absolutely a must book. Giving dogs prescribed medications often involves side affects which shorten their lives. Being able to find out about natural products that can help them is great. It can not only lenghten their lives, but also cost less in the long run. I highly reccomend this book to all dog owners. ...more info
  • Excellent Recipes
    A great resource for animal lovers looking to prepare healthy and complete food for their pets! Lots of useful information about the nutritional content of the recipe's ingredients - really instills confidence that the diets will provide all the goodness our pet need. ...more info
  • great book full of information to help your dog or cat
    not just a cook book but has many easy home remedies for your dog or cat ...more info
  • A 'MUST HAVE' for any dog or cat owner
    I purchased this book after researching "raw feeding" for a new French Bulldog with severe bloat and distension... I have great patience to such an extent with my 10 pets that many of my friends and family consider me to be the pet whisperer. I only wish I would have had this book with one of my english bulldogs, who may have had more quality of life in her 11 years had I had better recipes.

    I cannot say enough about the range of topics or yummy recipes that my 5 cats and 3 bulldogs (the rabbits already eat raw) have given their empty bowls of approval to. Not to mention, the baby Frenchie, Cracker Jacque, is responding well with much less bloat and distention since going back to cooking raw. Thank you Dr. Pitcairn!...more info


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