I love to read. When I was a kid, the local library had a contest that challenged us to read as many books as we could over the summer. I usually devoured 10 books my first week or two of summer break. With the blog, writing a new book, making dog food for four big dogs, and my day job – books are no longer my co-pilot. My dogs have taken that role.
Over the past year, people have recommended several books related to dog nutrition and health and they're all sitting on a coffee table. One of my New Years Resolutions is to finish the books in January and to continue my education through the year. For now, I'll share my list with you.
8 Books Raw Feeders Should Read in 2018
I just started this book, so I'm not able to provide a full review, but so far, I'm loving it. Steve Brown takes us back to the basics of dog nutrition by sharing what our dogs need in their diet. I began adding oysters to provide zinc and manganese; according to Brown, I've already been adding manganese to my dogs' diet through my veggie mix because other foods rich in this nutrient include spinach, broccoli, and kelp. Brown also reminds us the importance of adding Vitamin D to our dogs' diet in the winter months when they are exposed to less sun. Sources of Vitamin D are eggs, oysters, sardines, and liver and Brown recommends adding at least two of these foods to our dogs' diet. Check!
When I ordered this book, I purchased an older version, but I'm okay with that because the information is fantastic and a great start for anyone who is interested in learning more about their dog's nutrition. What I like the most is that this book provides nutritional requirements for dogs, goes over the benefits of various foods we feed to our dogs and the book offers recommendations to common problems we have when feeding our dogs. I can't wait to really dig deep into this book because I think it's going to help me fine-tune each of my dogs' diet, making their raw meals even healthier.
Have you considered incorporating Chinese medicine into your dog's raw diet? I've been following food energetics in an attempt to figure out Rodrigo's protein intolerance; this was prior to our switch to raw dog food. This book goes deeper into the Yin and Yang of dog nutrition, covering food energetics, special diets, alleviating health issues through diet, and more. This book is going to help as my dogs get older; for now, I'm looking to it for Rodrigo and Sydney, who have health issues as a holdover from a kibble diet and over vaccination.
This is a book I received in exchange for my honest thoughts. I find the book to be a bit overwhelming with the information – it's not easy for me to absorb because there is so much to take in on this topic. The author takes us from puppyhood to the senior years. What I find most interesting are the stretches that I can use with all of my dogs after exercising and to alleviate Rodrigo and Sydney's arthritis symptoms. There are also exercises that will be great for Sydney.
The hardest part of the book is the examples of massage techniques offered with images. But at least I know where to start and I can go to YouTube to pick up more information. My only concern is that the book states that it is for “home physical therapy,” and I thought that I would learn techniques that I could apply immediately. However, I came away with the message that we should speak with our veterinarian before trying some of the massages, stretches and other techniques recommended. I plan to highlight the hell out of the book and discuss techniques with my dogs' vet (who practices massage, chiropractic care, and acupuncture) to make sure I do things correctly.
Yeah, I'm a worry wart.
I haven't started this book yet, but I'm reading it because it was recommended by two friends, one who is studying to become an animal massage therapist. And after reading All Hands On Pet (above), I'm looking forward to something that I'll enjoy more because I like the idea of using regular massage therapy with Sydney. I've tried a few techniques that her veterinarian taught me and it helps, so I want to learn more. I originally downloaded the book to my Kindle and now the hardcopy is on its way – gotta love being able to find used book stores on Amazon.
After my experience with Young Living, I started looking for a new source for my essential oils and many people recommended Plant Therapy which offered daily specials after Thanksgiving and through December. And I joined their oil of the month club where they send me a 30 ml oil – I'm obsessed. When I was looking for books to learn more about using essential oils in my everyday life, I came across this one and added it to my shopping cart.
7 & 8 – Books on Fermenting Vegetables
I ordered my first fermentation kit and I'll be adding fermented vegetables to my dogs' raw meals. I plan to start with recipes shared by the raw community and use these books to get more ideas on what I can ferment for myself and the dogs.
- Ferment Your Vegetables: A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Making Your Own Pickles, Kimchi, Kraut, and More – Amanda Feifer
- Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes – Christopher Shockey
A Novice's Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs
And a book post on my blog wouldn't be complete unless I plugged my book, A Novice's Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs. This is a book that is an introduction to raw feeding for people who want learn about transitioning their dog to raw. I share what I've learned over the past four years in a manner that appeals to people who read books the way I do – by jumping around.
And I've got the ball rolling for my second book and would love your help. CLICK HERE to complete a survey that will help me as I'm writing the book in 2018.
What's on your reading list for 2018?