By Tom Lonsdale                                                                                   

Animals in the wild instinctively know what’s good for them and they always consume a ‘whole food’ diet. This veterinary surgeon understands what we can feed to our dogs so as to get as close to their natural diets as possible. Also covers breeding, diseases, dentistry in dogs, hearing and vision. 118pages of easy-to-read plain language with index.

Tom Lonsdale looks at the dietary needs of dogs from the dog’s perspective, taking into account Nature’s teachings. If a dog could talk, what would he or she say is the best diet to keep him/her in top condition? Would the dog recommend a selection of cans and packets of dry food, or would it be a fresh rabbit or half a chicken?

On TV documentaries about carnivores, we see the animals doing what Nature intended – catching and consuming whole carcasses of other animals. If our dogs had the chance, this is what they would do too.

A key point in dogs’ nutrition is that they require protein, fat, minerals, vitamins and trace elements, and these need to be raw, tough and chewy. Notice that carbohydrates don’t get a mention. This is because dogs have no requirement for carbohydrates, which come from grains and starchy vegetables. This is why they have no ptyalin in their saliva for the pre-digestion of starches as we do.

Another gem of information re dogs is that many of them know when they have had enough, and will not eat even if fresh morsels are put in front of them. When they are not hungry, they will fast, and, in fact, it is good for them to be fasted for a day each week.

These gems of information are just samples of the wide array of guidelines in this book for caring for our wonderful little four-legged doggy friends.

Above all, don’t feed them junk food – this is where so much disease and doggy suffering starts.