Features January 2011 Issue

Instructional Books on Home-Prepared, Bone-Free Dog Food Diets

When following a book’s directions for a home-prepared diet for your dog, read the whole book; don’t just follow the recipes. Otherwise, you may miss important information about substitutions, supplements, and contraindications.

Instructional Books on Home-Prepared, Bone-Free Dog Food Diets

The best books on home-prepared, bone-free diets for dogs –and which books to avoid.

Interest in homemade diets has never been greater, especially since the huge pet food recall of 2007. Last month, I reviewed books that explained how to feed a homemade canine diet based on raw meaty bones (RMBs). This month, I’ll look at books about boneless diets – by far the largest category of books. Unfortunately, I found a lot of bad books out there. Many of the recipes provided in the books are nutritionally inadequate! There’s no harm in using them from time to time, or to replace a small portion (up to 25 percent) of a commercial food diet, but anyone who relies on these books to feed their dogs a homemade diet is likely to end up with issues that could range from dry skin to crippling orthopedic conditions.

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