With the endless barrage of pet nutrition advice available to us, how do we know what’s pure hype and what can make a difference in our dog’s health?
We have three words for you: Dr. Karen Becker.
Dr. Karen Becker is the author of Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food. She’s an integrative wellness veterinarian from Illinois who believes in identifying and removing lifestyle obstacles before disease occurs.
Instead of putting out health fires after they start, she strives to empower pet guardians to become knowledgeable wellness advocates for the animals in their lives, before disease presents itself. She partners with owners to intentionally create wellness and abundant health through wise lifestyle choices.
Even if you’re not a patient of hers at Natural Pet Animal Hospital, you can study her suggestions for healthy living by reading Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. This book covers the basics of a homemade meat and vegetable diet for dogs and cats based on their ancestral diet.
Dr. Becker’s program provides a rotation of different meats and vegetables and strives to provide most nutrients as food. Meals are intended to be fed raw, but recipes may be cooked. A mineral supplement recipe to fill in the gaps is included in an appendix. Analysis of individual recipes as well as the complete rotation is provided in an appendix. The program is formulated to meet nutrition guidelines for all life stages for pet food. Concrete direction is given for all parts of the preparation, with extensive coverage of all components of the diet.
Readers of Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats rave:
“I have been feeding raw for over 17 years. Dr. Karen Becker & Beth Taylor have the most COMPLETE raw feeding book out there. They have studied the diet of wolves and came up with a feeding plan backed by data that covers everything you need to know about raw feeding “the RIGHT way”. People cannot just throw their dogs and cats some raw chicken or beef and expect their diet to be “BALANCED” nutritionally. A raw diet needs to be supplemented with other ingredients, vitamins and minerals since the meat we give them is not a fresh kill. You CANNOT go wrong with this diet! (please read precautions for an immunosuppressed or very sick animal).”
For a glimpse of Dr. Becker’s core beliefs about a species-appropriate diet, check out this video where she discusses why it is beneficial to feed your canine or feline a pet diet consisting of raw meat.
If you have read her book, share your thoughts in the comments section below.