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Canine Nutrition Books for Beginners

A wealth of information about a healthy diet for dogs can be found in the Tripawds Nutrition blog and Eating Healthy discussion forums. Anyone seeking a an overview on canine nutrition, however, might consider the following books we have not yet reviewed. For more recommended reading check out the Books page!

Dog Health & Nutrition for Dummies

By M. Christine Zink DVM PhD DACVP

You do everything you can to maintain your optimum health. Doesn’t your best friend deserve the same? Your dog’s a member of the family and needs the same attention to health and nutrition as you do to stay healthy, be happy, and live longer.

However, it’s easy to get lost in the pet store’s sea of dog products, passing aisle after aisle of dog food. Keeping your dog healthy or getting her back on the road to good health doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies makes it easy to make sure your canine is living a healthy lifestyle. It gives you expert tips and advice on:

  • Basic canine healthcare
  • Feeding your dog
  • Recognizing and treating common maladies
  • Caring for the canine senior

Author M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD is a specialist in canine sports medicine and professor at The Johns Hopkins University, but above all, a dog lover. She breaks down the complexity of caring for your pooch into easy terms with helpful reminders, warnings, and information to properly care for your beloved canine pal.

To Your Dog’s Health!

By Mark Poveromo

Written by a man who is passionate about nature and all living creatures, To Your Dog’s Health!: Canine Nutrition and Recent Trends Within the Pet Food Industry contains everything readers could want to know about giving their dogs the best nutrition possible. Arguing that the processed dog foods on the market today ignore the health needs of most dogs, author Mark Poveromo – an expert in animal nutrition and owner of a dog and cat food store–provides readers with information on dog-food brands, holistic and raw dog foods, and recipes tailored to dogs with specific health issues, such as cancer or kidney disease.

Don’t be surprised if To Your Dog’s Health! makes you apologize to Fido or Fifi for all the years you just opened up any old can or bag of food, put it in a bowl, and left it for the day. And then you get upset, maybe even mad, when you got home from work, tired and maybe a little cranky, only to discover your pet hadn’t touched its food.

Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs

If you’re looking for a guide to both raw feeding and healthy homecooked meals for dogs, consider Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals.

In the whirlwind of information about local, organic, and whole foods, it’s easy to forget that our canine companions can also benefit from – and deserve – a more natural and nurturing diet. Preparing Fido’s food at home may seem daunting, but it’s really not, says Lew Olson in Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs. Olson discusses canine nutritional needs and explains the research on how home-prepared foods, particularly raw foods, can meet pets’ needs better than commercial, processed dog food. Step-by-step instructions and recipes make preparation easy. The book includes charts with the recipes, instructions on keeping diets simple and balanced, guidelines on preparation, suggestions for finding ingredients, and how much to feed a dog by body weight. There are recipes for healthy adult dogs as well as guidelines for puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with health conditions including pancreatitis, renal problems, gastric issues, allergies, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer. Pet owners seeking to give their dogs a better coat, better skin, and healthier teeth and gums, as well as longer lives and more stable temperaments, are sure to welcome this book.

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