Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nutrition for Dogs

Bonnie Keck's German Shepherd, Lily, had been eating poorly for at least 2 or 3 weeks. Bonnie was getting worried enough that she got an appetite stimulant for her. It didn't work well, and Lily besides not eating and having diarrhea, seemed listless and uninterested in playing with other dogs at the dog park. Then Bonnie decided to try making Lily's food herself. She had a copy of Dr. Pitcairn's Guide (cited below), went to Windmill Farms with a list of ingredients, and mixed up about 5 1/2 cups of food in Lily's bowl--which Lily gobbled up eagerly, much to Bonnie's surprise. In just a few days, all her physical symptoms had disappeared and she was cleaning her bowl at every meal. At the dog park, she is like a different dog, chasing and wrestling, always in the middle of the action.

Lily playing with a dog named Xavi

Several other people at Harry Griffen Park have tried the recipes in this book and recommend it.

Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats


Here is what "Good Reads" has to say about it: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/ 3063.Dr_Pitcairn_s_New_Complete_Guide_to_Natural_Health_for_Dogs_and_Cats
"Over 400,000 copies of this treasured classic have been sold since its original publication more than 20 years ago

The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised--for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care. 

They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They've updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth "Quick Reference" section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders-with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies. "