|Barked: Sun Apr 8, '12 10:07pm PST |
|That book is reviewed on dogaware and the review isn't completely positive. Mostly little things, the analysis of the recipe is different in the book to what Ms. Straus came up with and she doesn't think it is enough calories and not sure that fresh foods like sunflower seeds will work as well as supplements and was concerned about the calcium/phosphorus ratio/balance and excessive vitamin D because cod liver oil is used.
Guess what? It is fine. If the recipes in that book fit your particular needs, skills and biases your dog will be well nourished by them and if you want to tweak them further to solve any possible issues with them you can at your convenience. None of the kibbles out there are exactly the same with the exact same amount of protein, fat, vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus and all the rest and they are 'complete' foods. AAFCO levels of nutrients have a range, a wide range. Taking the huge leap to feeding fresh is completely worth the fear of the unknown, really. Get the book, cook up a recipe and *substitute* a little of the fresh stuff for a little of the kibble and watch your dog dive in. Work slowly to a complete feed of the new stuff and cook up another recipe and introduce the same way, repeating with every single recipe. Once several recipes are fine by your dog's gut try faster mixing, 25% to 75% to 50/50 to 75/25 then different recipes each day. I doubt all that is really necessary after your dog is used to each recipe but do watch the poop, it can be a big help.
There are three books highly recommended by Mary Straus, have you considered them? I have one of Monica Segal's books and learned a lot and the Steve Brown book looks terrific as well [going to go read as much as I can after submitting this post in fact]. Cannot see any of the Dr. Becker book unfortunately as it does sound quite interesting.
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