Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide
Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide
Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide

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Publisher: Robert Rose

Author Statement: by David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton, and Dr. Grant Nixon DVM
Audience: Trade
Specs: 100 recipes for your dog
Pages: 192
Trim Size: 7" x 10"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20021005
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Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide

A nutrition guide and cookbook intended to take the guesswork out of feeding your dog a home-prepared diet, written by a veterinarian and the proprietors of a dog bakery.

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

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.



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.



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
    Obesity / 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 / Kilocalories / Seal of Approval
The Diet Formula
    The Essential Nutrients
Nutrient Sources for Your Dog
    Proteins / Sources of Protein / Carbohydrates / Sources of Carbohydrates / Feeding Carbohydrates / Mix Well for Optimum Health / Fats / Omega-3s / Water
Adding Necessary Supplements
    Multivitamin-and-Mineral Supplements / Bonemeal / Salts / Vitamins / Macro- and Micronutrients / A Fine Balance / Beyond Nutrition / Minerals
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 / Exercise
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 / Choking / 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 / Bonemeal / Multivitamin-and-Mineral Supplement
Toxicity Levels of Vitamins and Minerals
Minimum Vitamin and Mineral Requirements by Weight

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