Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals

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  1. Astrid Runner "Astrid"
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must for dog lovers who want to feed real food to their companions, July 13, 2010
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    This is a must have if you have a dog. Super-must have if you have a dog with a health condition. Lew Olson has finally put together all her knowledge and experience in an easy to read book. Get it while you can.
    Thankw Lew for putting it all together in one book.

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  2. Gregory E. Lucas
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The diet did not work out for my dog, October 10, 2010
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    Gregory E. Lucas (New Castle, Delaware) –
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    Some chapters and sections of this book are devoted to homecooked meals for dogs. It is not all about raw feeding. It has an emphasis on fresh food diets and supplements. I tried the homecooked diet with the Berte’s Natural supplements that the book suggests because the only form of raw my dog likes is freeze dried raw.

    I stopped this book’s diet as my dog’s main food and stopped using the Berte’s Daily Blend supplement after four weeks because my dog kept having very small very soft stools, and he has never had a problem like that before. (He’s a very healthy athletic dog who runs 50-70 miles per week with me.) This book is closely tied with the B-natural supplements that the author sells or has had a role in developing, I’m not sure which.

    The book left out information that could lead to problems. It never mentioned anything about removing skin from turkey or chicken for cooked meals, which can be too high in fat for many dogs, (not just those with heart conditions) and it never mentioned anything on the issue of steroid free/hormone free meats and how much of a need there is to avoid meats with these things in them. The author never said to avoid using shells from boiled eggs. I was keeping my shells from hard boiled eggs then putting them through a coffee grinder, thinking I was doing things fine, but I discovered through other experts later that you should not use shells that have been boiled because they are too hard to digest. Maybe that’s what went wrong for me and my dog; something sure went wrong.

    I question why a diet that is “natural” needs some of these supplements. Do healthy dogs really need amylase, protease, and lipase supplements to digest food? Whey is the first listed ingredient in Berte’s Daily Blend and it also includes lemon peel; I sometimes wonder if those ingredients agreed with my dog. Should a vitamin supplement that includes vitamin A really be added to a diet that includes organ meats like liver? The form of Vitamin C in her Berte’s Daily Blend is ascorbic acid, which according to a book suggested by my local vet, is not well assimilated by dogs and can irritate their stomachs. Vitamin C for dogs, as even stated by this author in her book, should preferably be as calcium ascorbate. Her Daily Blend does, however, have a bioflavonoid to enhance the effectivness of ascobic acid. Berte’s Daily Blend also has vitamin D. According to DogAware, since commercial foods are high in vitamin D, if you’re doing fresh food meals in combination with commercial food meals, it can be too much vitamin D if you use supplements like this one that include vitmain D. The Berte’s Green Blend might be a better choice than the Berte’s Daily blend if you use a lot of commercial food with the fresh foods. I wish that the book had mentioned this.

    This author talks like all dry dog food is the same (full of grains, high in carbs, has chemical preservatives, low meat content, etc.) when in reality kibbles vary greatly in quality and ingrediants. While it is a negative that kibbles are all processed foods with some undesirable qualities, there really are too many differences between them to lump them all together with a term like “a kibble diet.”

    I’m now feeding my dog freeze dried raw (Stella and Chewy’s),Nature’s Variety Instinct kibble, and fresh food meals. My dog is doing great once again. I give my dog baked salmon fillets with unboiled ground eggshells, plain organic yogurt, liver,and hard/soft boiled eggs — and other homecooked meals (thanks to this book)for about 1/3 of his diet, but with no other supplements besides the unboiled ground eggshells and fish oil with vitmain E included in the capsule. This book has many fine qualities and it is worth reading. I’m all for fresh foods and raw feeding. It influenced me to add fresh foods to my dog’s diet. But as the main diet, the diet and Berte’s Daily Blend did not work out. I really wish it had, I’m not real sure what went wrong, and I might try a 100 percent fresh food diet again in the future, but maybe with different supplements. Maybe these specific supplements and diet plans she suggests will work out better for you than they did for me and my dog.

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  3. Tiffany Huebner "ME"
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent & Clearly Written book on the dog nutrition, July 8, 2010
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    Tiffany Huebner “ME” (Princeton, MN) –
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    I have been a follower of Lew’s for many years on the K9 Nutrition group ([…]) and her site […]. Her knowledge and understanding of the canine diet and nutrition is second to none. She really lays it out for anyone to clearly see the benefits of the raw diet and what’s necessary to successfully transition to it. I’ve helped many clients switch to raw over the years and always point them in the direction of Lew Olsen to make sure they make the right decisions about their dog’s diet and how to supplement. Lew certainly enlightens dog owner’s looking to make better nutritional decisions for their dogs. If you feed raw read it. If you want to feed raw read it. If you are hesitant or set on kibble read it. Regardless you’ll get something out of it.

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