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Better food for dogs : a complete cookbook and nutrition guide
Bastin, David.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : R. Rose, [2002]

Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-213) and index.
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SF427.4 .B37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Better Food for Dogs

People want their dogs to have happy, healthy and long lives and providing the best nutrition is one of the most important steps you can take toward achieving this goal. The problem is most of us aren't nutritionists and there are so many conflicting opinions about dog's dietary needs that feeding your dog can become an overwhelming challenge. Better Food for Dogs is an invaluable reference that will guide you through this nutritional puzzle. It also provides you with all the information -- complete with tasty recipes, tested and approved by dogs -- you need to feed your dog a natural home-prepared diet, one of the best investments you can make in his/her health.

Here are just some of the easy to prepare recipes: Breakfast Burrito , Blueberry Banana Biscotti , Turkey and Rice , Divine Diner Burrito , Stir-Fried Ginger Beef with Greens , Chicken Fried Rice , Barbecued Hamburgers , Salmon and Dill Pasta , Basil Chicken and Vegetable Pasta .

From basic everyday meals to gourmet dinners Special cookie treats Myths about dog and people food Nutrient sources for your dog User friendly charts provide important information at a glance How to identify good-quality processed foods Problems associated with low-quality diets

Author Notes

Dr. Grant Nixon , D.V.M. has been practicing compassionate veterinary medicine for 10 years. He has a keen interest in nutrition and natural diets and the role they play in the health and well being of his clients.

David Bastin and Jennifer Ashton are the proprietors of Licks and Wags, The Original Canadian Dog Bakery in Summerland, British Columbia. They have done a tremendous amount of nutritional research not only for their business, but for their own five dogs.



Introduction Most dogs -- at least the fortunate ones -- are well loved and well cared for by their significant humans. People recognize their canine companions' value as family members, life-enhancers and educators and want them to have the healthiest -- and longest -- lives possible. Providing the best nutrition plays an important role in achieving this result. The problem is, most of us aren't nutritionists. More-over, there are so many conflicting opinions about dogs' dietary needs that determining what to feed your dog can be an overwhelming challenge. Better Food for Dogs is designed to guide you through the differing dietary approaches and provide you with all the information you need to feed your adult dog the most-nutritious food possible. We navigated this minefield ourselves, not only because we wanted to feed our dogs the highest-quality food achievable, but also because we wanted to provide our clients with the best possible advice on dogs' dietary needs and be able to recommend the most nutritious products. Grant is a veterinarian and David and Jennifer own Licks and Wags, Ltd. , a dog cookie company. After years of research, we've concluded that a natural, home-prepared diet is one of the best investments you can make in your dog's health. We wrote this book because we felt compelled to share what we had so painstakingly learned. Chapter 1 covers a wide range of diet-related topics, from the relationship between diet and health to raw-food diets (which we don't advocate, for reasons we explain). In Chapter 2, you'll find an explanation of the basic principles that underlie our diet, as well as information on dogs' energy requirements and the nutrients they need. We have not provided a diet for puppies, as puppies have very specific nutritional needs. However, we have included basic information that will help you get your puppy off to a healthy start. Chapter 3 discusses some issues related to diet, such as allergic reactions and toxic foods, as well as the additional support your dog will need to achieve optimum health. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 contain all the recipes, from basic everyday meals to gourmet dinners to special cookie treats. The final chapter provides information on adding the supplements necessary to ensure that your dog receives the full range of essential nutrients. We hope you will find the information in Better Food for Dogs helpful in improving the quality of your dog's life. After switching to a home-prepared diet, we have seen amazing results, not only with our own dogs but with many of our clients' dogs, as well. By feeding your dog wholesome and unprocessed foods, you will be allowing him/her to share in the tastes, variety and health benefits that human family members already enjoy. We encourage you to enjoy sharing mealtime with your dog -- it can be a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience. David Bastin Jennifer Ashton Dr. Grant Nixon, D.V.M. Excerpted from Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide by David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton, Grant Nixon All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Canine Diet
Dogs and Humans: Similar yet Different
Diet and Health
Feeding Our Dogs
The Matter of Table Scraps
Table Scraps as Dietary Enhancements
Processed Dog Food
Does Price Determine the Quality of the Food?
Identifying Good-Quality Processed Foods
Commercial Foods and Home-Prepared Diets
A New Breed of Commercial Dog Foods
Whole Foods
Know Good Health When You See It
Problems Associated with Low-Quality Diets
Diet and Health: Personal Perspectives
Myths About Dogs and People Food
Raw-Food Diets
A Potential for Contamination
Other Potential Risks
Bones as Raw Food
Canine Vegetarians?
No Doggie Vegans
Dogs Like Routine
Dogs and Diet-Related Health Problems
The Immune System
Greasy Coat, Dandruff and Doggie Odor
Chronic Ear Infections
Gastrointestinal Problems
More Diet Related Diseases
Behavioral Problems
Chapter 2 Better Food for Dogs
Diet Formulation: A Sensible Approach
Monitor the Diet
Make It Tasty
The Joys of Home Cooking
Seal of Approval
The Diet Formula
The Essential Nutrients
Nutrient Sources for Your Dog
Sources of Protein
Sources of Carbohydrates
Feeding Carbohydrates
Mix Well for Optimum Health
Adding Necessary Supplements
Multivitamin-and-Mineral Supplements
Macro- and Micronutrients
A Fine Balance
Beyond Nutrition
Energy Requirements of the Adult Dog
Dogs with Special Needs
Specialized Nutrition Plans
Puppies and Diet
When Is Your Puppy Mature?
Puppy Nutritional Requirements
Energy Requirements for Puppies Compared with Adult Dogs
Puppies and Home-Prepared Diets
Choosing the Best Food
A Plump Puppy May Not Be a Healthy Puppy
Just Enough of a Good Thing
Watch and Adjust
Chapter 3 Making It Work
Supporting Wellnesss
Dogs and New Foods
Introducing a Home-Prepared Diet
Assessing the Diet
Weighing Results
Checking Weight
Tracking Wellness
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Chemistry Screen
Know Your Dog As You Know Yourself
Urine Test
Touch and Grooming for Wellness
Keep Your Eye on the Doogie Doo
Your Dog's Teeth
Feeding Bones
Potential Emergencies and Food Safety
Food Intolerance and Allergies
Foods that Are Known to Be Toxic to Dogs
Toxic Foods
Other Potential Problem Foods
Poisoning and Other Related Emergencies
Food Safety
When Your Dog Throws Up
Eating Grass
Chapter 4 Recipes Basics
Using the Recipes
Start with Your Dog's Weight Class
Why Weight Matters
Follow the Instructions
Vary the Ingredients
Substituting Ingredients
Essential Information
Vegetable-and-Fruit Mix
Cooking Meats and Fish
Cooking Carbohydrates
Gourmet Recipes and Treats
Chapter 5 Meals
Chapter 6 Cookies
Chapter 7 Adding Essential Nutrients
The Supplements
Using the Charts
Half per Meal
Multivitamin-and-Mineral Supplement
Toxicity Levels of Vitamins and Minerals
Minimum Vitamin and Mineral Requirements by Weight
Reading List