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Homemade Diet Resources: Books, Web Sites and Email Lists

Photo of Westie wearing glasses with a stack of books

There are a number of resources to provide support to those who want to feed their dogs a homemade diet. I recommend reading at least one book before (or soon after) starting. If you find you still need help, the web sites below may be useful. Email groups can answer questions, though keep in mind that not all the advice you receive will be reliable, so don't rely on email groups exclusively to learn how best to feed your dog.

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Also see these articles on homemade diets for dogs:


Books

Now available on a separate page: Homemade Diet Book Reviews.

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Web Sites

Websites with information about feeding a raw diet. Also see the Homemade Diets section.

FAQs:

Pictorials:

Overviews with diet information:

References:

CATS: See Cat Food Reviews for information on commercial foods.
For those of you interested in more natural ways to feed your cats, here are a few references:
I have also seen Dr. Pitcairn's Fatty Feline Fare recipe recommended, with the following changes: omit the grains and add a very small amount of cooked mashed veggies and/or raw food processed greens. Include the taurine that he says is optional, and give fish oil instead of cod liver oil. Use calcium lactate powder or other forum of pure calcium instead of bone meal to reduce the amount of phosphorus fed.

Lastly, I came across Yet Another Cat Food Guide recently, and was impressed with the articles that I read. This site has information on commercial cat foods as well as homemade diets.

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Email Groups

These are groups I can recommend, though you should always be careful about relying on advice from email lists. Also see the section on Email Support Lists for help with specific health problems.

Dogs:

Cats:

There are other lists that I can't recommend due to their dogmatic and intolerant approaches to homemade diets. Any group that tells you there is only one right way to feed your dog, or that dismisses problems caused by the diet as unimportant, should be avoided.

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You can contact me if you have any comments, but I regret to say that I can no longer respond to questions about individual dogs. See my Contact page for more information. My name is Mary Straus and you can email me at either or

   


Rocky is a Yorkie-Poodle mix who had suffered from digestive problems his whole life. Click on his image to read about the diet his owner finally found to help him.
Pashoshe Fisher, a Chihuahua, was a wonderful, joyful companion to his owner for 19 & a half years. He was on a high quality raw diet for over half his life.
This is Ella, my Norwich Terrier.