|Barked: Sun Apr 29, '12 10:21pm PST |
|I like books too but ended up reading Mary Straus' info on dogaware over and over and combining that with Monica Segal's info in 'Optimal Nutrition' [a book] to make up Sassy's kidney diet.
Pay particular attention to the book reviews, they should help you decide on a book or two to buy or find at the library. Besides Ms. Segal's book I have Lew Olson's book, some information is contained in these newsletters. Perhaps they will resonate with your preferences.
If I was going to buy another book I might chose Steve Brown's book, 'Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet'.
It is scary and a giant step to leave the made up stuff behind and feed your dog fresh food. It was easier for me, I started when the 2007 dog food contamination was in full swing and Sassy was diagnosed with kidney disease. Her health issues weren't caused by contaminated food but I didn't want her eating a quart of corn puffs a day for the rest of her life so I just did it. Read Sedona's thread here on balancing a diet in 21 steps so you can work with nutritiondata and you will KNOW that your dog is getting this much of this than that much of that.
Have to put a plug in for Max's diet - prey model raw, no carbs at all. I thought he was fine and hadn't allergies but his eye goobers are gone now I keep grains out of his diet. I thought he was a 33 pound weakling, turned out he needs massive amounts of protein to grow muscle. I thought he just had nasty sticky dull undercoat, turned out massive amounts of fresh fat turned that stuff silky shiny smooth. For Max, carbs were indeed empty calories!
Keep reading, at some point it will all gel into a workable plan that suits YOU. Really.
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