The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook: 75 Whole-Food Recipes and Tasty Treats for Dogs and Cats of All Ages

The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook: 75 Whole-Food Recipes and Tasty Treats for Dogs and Cats of All Ages

by Barbara Taylor-Laino, Kenneth D. Fischer

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Organic, seasonal, farm-to-table food has become a huge movement--and conscious eating doesn't stop with the family pet. With the increase in contamination scares with manufactured pet food and the inclusion of preservatives, grains, and fillers with low-nutrient value, many pet owners are looking for solutions to the issue of what to give their pets.The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook teaches you how to tailor your pet’s diet to their specific nutritional needs for better health and behavior. This book includes 75 recipes that you can make at home, nutritional information for every stage of your pet’s life from puppy or kitten to adulthood, meal plans, healthy snacks and treats, and suggestions for supplementing store bought food with homemade ingredients. The switch from store bought to homemade pet food doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook makes switching your pet over to a homemade diet comfortable, safe, and inexpensive.

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ISBN-13: 9781610588867
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 469,005
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Barbara Taylor-Laino was featured in a recent New York Times article on the growing popularity of homemade pet food. She and her husband run an organic farm in upstate New York where she has been teaching workshops on homemade pet food and animal care since 2005. She and her husband also have 16 years of experience in Dog Breeding and Showing using holistic husbandry methods. Barbara regularly writes on pet food and pet care for magazines and websites such as

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Pluses to Making Homemade Pet Food 9

Why Fresh Is Best 10

Organic Is Optional 14

Conscious Food Prep 14

Chapter 2 Variety Is the Spice of Health! 17

A Balancing Act 18

All about Meals 22

Chapter 3 The Best Foods for Your Pet 27

Personalizing Your Pet's Meals 28

Age Considerations 38

All or Nothing? Combining Homemade and Commercial Foods 41

Chapter 4 Essential Building Blocks 45

Meats 46

Fats 50

Bones and Calcium 53

Organ Meats 56

Eggs 58

Seeds: Legumes, Nuts, and Grains 59

Vegetables and Fruits 61

Dark, Leafy Greens 63

Fiber or Roughage 64

Dairy 65

Chapter 5 Fine-Tuning Your Homemade Meal Plan 67

Species-Appropriate Super Foods 68

Essential Nutrients 72

Foods to Avoid 74

Chapter 6 Switching to a Homemade Diet 79

Kitchen Readiness 80

Freezing 81

Plating It Up: Serving Suggestions 81

Keeping it Safe and Clean 83

Making the Switch 84

Chapter 7 Healthy Homemade Recipes 87

Getting Started 88

Healthy Snacks and Treats 160

Appendix 1 Foods That Are Particularly High in Specific Nutrients 168

Appendix 2 Some Favorite High-Quality Commercial Food Brands (If You Cannot Make Your Own Pet Food) 170

Acknowledgments 172

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