Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies

Dog Health & Nutrition for Dummies

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The most informative guide to canine health and nutrition — to lengthen and enhance the lives of your dogs. You want the best for your dogs, and this book shows you how to optimize your canine companions’ physical and mental health. Dog Health & Nutrition For Dummies provides tips on canine nutrition, diet, and special food-related health problems (obesity, diabetes, etc.). Experts give you advice on exercise, recognizing and treating common maladies, and caring for the older dog. Plus, th

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  • Owned and Loved by Schnauzers "Owned by Schna... says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sensible nutrition approach, May 16, 2002
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    This review is from: Dog Health & Nutrition for Dummies (Paperback)

    I have read many books on dog nutrition and this one is the best.

    This book presents both sides of the diet dilemma in an unbiased fashion, and backs it up with research from credible institutions and offers suggestions for improving whichever diet you use — store bought or home cooked. In addition, the author is highly credible in her field — she is an expert in canine sports medicine and is a full professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She teaches medical and veterinary students. She has her DVM and Ph.D. Honestly, you can’t get much more credible than that!

    The book is not extremist in approach; rather it presents sensible questions about just what is in manufactured dog food, and how do we know it. It then rounds out the picture by presenting alternative diets (home-cooked food) but presents drawbacks there and how to correct them. It addresses supplements as well.

    While other topics are also presented beside nutrition (helping your dog age gracefully, training, etc.), I bought it mainly for its nutritional content, and I was not disappointed. The book cites research on nutrition from very credible institutions (Tufts University Veterinary School, as well as others). In addition, if you prefer to cook for your dog, it tells you how and where to send your food so you can find out if your are presenting a balanced meal. It offers other helpful hints as well.

    The book is very well written, mainly in active voice, and on a level the layman can understand. This one belongs on your book shelf!

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  • Donna says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Book for All Levels of Dog Owners, November 22, 2003
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    Donna (Austin, TX United States) –

    This review is from: Dog Health & Nutrition for Dummies (Paperback)

    Although this is a “for dummies” book, I think it is really a nice book overall that has information for anyone ranging from someone getting their first dog to someone who is very active in the dog world. The author does not “dumb down” any of her information or presentation and presents everything in a clear, informative manner.

    The content is very broad and covers just about anything you might need to know about health and nutrition including structure, drugs, parasites, first aid, holistic/alternative therapies, and many more. The author even presents issues such as the hotly debated food issue with a relatively fair and balanced approach. Although she does take a side, she presents the postives and negatives of each side and lets the reader know that there are various schools of thought out there should s/he choose to research further.

    The book is attractively laid out with pictures, diagrams, charts, and cute little markers in the margin denoting things such as a “tip”, “warning”, “technical stuff”, etc. It is an easy read that you are sure to pick up some new information from, regardless of your current knowledge about dogs. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • nic "beauty consumer" says:
    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    great on health & first aid, but lacking on nutrition, August 25, 2007
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    nic “beauty consumer” (los angeles, CA) –

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    first the bad: the nutrition aspect of this book a *really* lacking. while the author initially states that meat should be the base of any dogs meal, absolutely NONE of the recipes she includes have more than 30% meat (give or take). there is no mention of how to discern a good dry or canned food (if you want that try Dr. Pitcairn’s books), and while I can understand her hesitation about raw diets, she completely fails to point out that common sense and basic hygeine can take care of a lot of those problems. in short, the nutrition sections were useless.

    the good: the health and first aid sections are top rate and those make this book a must have for ANY dog owner. Luckily the bulk of the book covers these issues (the nutrition section is very small), and that makes this book a worth while purchase. one of the most useful things is a list of things that is included is a list of what to have in a pet first aid kit.

    overall I’m only giving the book 3/5 stars because I feel that a book titled “health and nutrition” should thoroughly cover nutrition and this book just doesn’t cut it. I highly recommend buying it used (which I did) and keeping it around just for the “health” information.

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