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Diet & Nutrition

The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
This book was written by (veterinarian) Dr. Martin Goldstein and published by Knopf in April 1999. This paperback version was published in June 2000. If there is only one book that you ever buy for your cherished canine companion, this is the one! It is a groundbreaking, inspirational guide that no pet owner should be without. Dr. Goldstein actually shows you what and what not to do and the whys behind these decisions. He details his success treating cancer and leukemia, utilizing acupuncture and homeopathic medicine. His incredible "Alphabet of Ailments" tackles common problems one by one in a clear and effective manner. Dr. Goldstein also addresses the power of the mind-body connection when we think about what provokes and how we cure disease. In his comforting way, that comes from being in veterinary practice for 25 years, he offers his wisdom on dealing - both physically and psychologically - with the death of our most cherished companions. Finally, there is a comprehensive source guide which lists pet health-care centers, doctors, and products. In that way, you will be able to act on the advice and recommendations in this "I-can't-put-it-down" book.
Dr. Greg's Dog Dish Diet: Sensible Nutrition for your Dog's Health (2010)
We love how Dr. Greg begins his book: “I’m Dr. Greg Martinez and I feed my dogs people food, even though in veterinary school I was taught to use only commercial dog food. In truth, feeding healthful people food to dogs contradicts most everything I was taught.” Committed to helping as many dogs as he can, the April 2007 pet food recall was clearly his epiphany. Dr. Greg admits to previously being a kibble pusher, but now knows each dog is an individual, and that: “Kibble + dog = Fat in 50% of Dogs.”
We used kibble once upon a time, even graduating to organic kibble, which somehow meant we were doing even more for our kids. But, honestly, just pouring dried, processed chunks into bowls—even if the ingredients were impeccable—was not an accomplishment. Only laziness kept us from home-cooking. But, once the commitment was made, it was amazing how efficient we became at making and freezing meals in advance.
An easy and fun read, Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet is both personal and practical. It is filled with oodles of easy-to-remember sound bytes of tasty information, nutrition & ingredient charts, and conversion info on kilograms to ounces (to determine calories). The secret recipe that Dr. Greg shares is a keeper. And, we may never forget his spot on Dog Better Health Rule #6: “Treats are the crack cocaine of the canine world.” Dr. Greg believes changing your dog’s diet may help relieve weight gain, red and painful ears, flaky and inflamed skin, hotspots, stomach upsets, and urinary infections. In his book, you will learn about: food allergens; choosing healthier dog treats from the refrigerator that will save you money; the importance of adding needed healthful fats and oils; cutting calories without leaving your dog hungry/unsatisfied; and, feeding your dog’s inner wolf by simulating the ratio of proteins, carbohydrates and fats that sustained dogs earliest ancestors.

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
By Richard & Susan Pitcairn. Updated and expanded, How to choose a healthy animal, dozens of recipes for delicious, economical, healthful pet food--with completely updated tables, charts and nutritional guidelines, how to give your pet a checkup, what's really in pet foods--and which ones to avoid to ensure your pet's best health, special diets for special pets, a guide to handling emergencies that includes techniques for external heart massage, artificial respiration and control of bleeding, plus a Quick Reference section that gives specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders. Approach is drug-free and holistic with special attention to homeopathic and alternative remedies and treatments.

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