- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (2 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091947073
- ISBN-13: 978-0091947071
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.8 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 225 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dinner for Dogs Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012
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"For all of us who love animals and want to do the best for the dogs that we own, this book is full of invaluable information. It's imaginative, sensible, interesting and tasty - in every sense." (Clare Balding, TV Presenter and Sports Journalist)
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The book itself is hardback and the pages are beautiful to look at, coloured with backgrounds and little doodles on every page. Then there are the advice sections and recipes.This is a British book, so no problem getting ingredients or understanding quantities.
I have managed to get most of the ingredients from the supermarket, a couple of things I have yet to purchase like ground rosehips, but I can get the capsules from H&B and break them open, I buy them for myself often, haven;t yet cooked the recipes that include them, but if I do and don't have it I will leave it out.
I have three dogs, two are rescues from Cyprus and one of those who was eating the dry dog food combined with the dehydrated pure food that has been so good for my old mini Schnauzer for 6 months, then she started to refuse to eat. I tried giving one or the other food, more top quality food, a choice of food - I just couldn't bear to see her miserably curling up with her back to her bowl, and only eating a little if I put something tempting on top, or if she was hand fed.
She also suffers with ear problems and itching allergy type problems.
So I decided to cook for her, at first scrambled egg for breakfast mixed with some dry dog food which worked for a week or so until she refused it with the dog food. I cooked a load of brown rice with veg and fruit after some research, and a pile of chicken and mixing it together, then cooking salmon when the chicken ran out. She loved it!
I worried that I might be feeding too much, or not the right proportions of protein in the mix so thought a cookery book could help.
I regularly take my dogs along and weigh them on the vet's scales to check if their food needs adjusting, given they also have training treats, and I think this is the way to find out if you are feeding enough or overfeeding.
This book advises on which fruit and veg to feed your dog, as well as herbs and spices. It also has a guide to the calories a dog should consume by weight of dog, and each recipe gives you the calories, protein and fat amounts - so you can work out how much to feed and if I can't get it right by guessing I could sit down and work it out properly - the info is all there despite some of the less positive reviews.
My girl doesn't like raw fruit and veg, unlike the two boys who can't get enough, so I wondered if she would eat cooked fruit in her food - seems that she will.
So far she has loved the savoury porridge, I didn't think she would like the sweet porridge however the note below suggests that meat or fish can be added, so I took the savoury porridge and tonight added frozen blueberries, she had some in her dinner too and ate that so I think she will eat the porridge and next time I will also add grated apple and see how that goes.
She loved the lamb, lentil and veg stew, and the meatloaf despite the grated carrots. She doesn't like raw or cooked chunks of carrot and spits them out but devoured the meatloaf happily.
The Wonderful One Pot is very similar to the meal I was cooking before the book arrived, with maybe less variety of veg than I was adding. I think it is a good guide, and each recipe suggests variants or gives useful tips.
I made fishy treats for training, and all the dogs like them, I tried them too and they are quite good.
I am going to make a lot more of the recipes, everything I have made so far has been very well received and my girl is actually excited about her meals and doesn't need coaxing to eat them any longer.
As well as breakfasts, and a good variety of dinner recipes using meats or fish, and treats there are sections on special occasion cooking including cakes, and a section for dogs who aren't well and need a little tender care and careful feeding, and for elderly dogs.
As for the ear and skin problems, and possibly the car sickness - it will take time to see if these things improve with this food. What I can tell you is she has nice firm poop - well most of the time and when she doesn't it is down to the lunchtime chewy treats I fed her. Only a parent of a toddler and pet owners get excited about firm poop!
For the future I would like to be cooking for all three dogs, at the moment the rescue boy is eating all the foods that my girl has tried and refused, he is a little dustbin eating anything he can. The other dog is an old boy needs a special diet for pancreatitis and bladder stones, so might have to stay on pure dehydrated food - but I think I could probably cook up a batch of food to suit him as well.
So I now make my own and my Golden Retriever and Havanaise go mad for them. I use only one or two of the recipes as I don't make food but slight variations make me feel they are getting a nice choice. Truth be known I doubt they would care whether I used peanut butter or cheese but it gives me that feel good factor.
I'm not sure it gives 100% nutritional requirements, someone suggested adding bonemeal and potassium chloride, again it would be nice for this to be covered.
I have tried a few of the recipes and some have gone down well but others have gone untouched - it could be we have a picky puppy...
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