Top reads for Pet Parents

As a pet parent and professional dog groomer, I’m always looking to deepen my understanding of dogs and how best to care for them. Over the years, I’ve read many books but there are a few which I believe every pet guardian would benefit from reading.

Pet Food Fraud – Dr Tom Lonsdale

If you feed your dog a highly processed commercial dog food such as kibble, tinned or food in trays, I highly recommend that you read this book. Whistleblower vet Dr Tom Lonsdale shines a spotlight on the connection between the world’s biggest pet food manufacturers and the increasing illĀ health of our dogs.

The Forever Dog – Rodney Habib and Dr Karen Shaw Becker

Raw Meaty Bones – Tom Lonsdale

The Complete Book of Cat & Dog Health – Lise Hansen

Whether you’re an experienced pet parent or considering buying a puppy or rescuing a dog, I urge you to read this book.

The Complete Book of Cat & Dog Health contains the most up to date information on looking after your dog’s health and wellbeing and is written with honesty, integrity and authority.

Lise Hansen, a holistic vet at the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre in West London, has worked in small animal practice for over 25 years. In her book, Lise talks about puppies and the importance of early socialisation, diets (commercial, homemade and raw), the truth about vaccinations and neutering and the dangers of chemical wormers and flea treatments. An expert of herbs and homeopathy, Lise outlines common canine health conditions, symptoms and alternative treatments. She dispels common misconceptions on vaccinations and neutering and challenges outdated views and conventional thinking.

Cooperative Care: Seven Steps to Stress-Free Husbandry – Deborah A. Jones

This is a recommendation for any dog parent struggling to clean their dogs ears, clip their dogs nails, administer eye drops or brush their dogs teeth.

Cooperative Care: Seven Steps to Stress-Free Husbandry is a practical guide to conditioning your dog to become a willing participant in their own health care, grooming and general body handling.

In this practical, easy to read book, Deborah presents step by step guidance, methods and exercises for working with your dogs head, ears, eyes, teeth, and feet. She also presents invaluable advice on muzzle training and the administration of medications.

Why You Need to Feed Your Dog a Raw Food Diet – Amy Marshall

The title of this book could be considered a little misleading. Rather than a complete introduction to raw food diets for beginners, it is more a justification for why you should not feed your dog anything other than a raw food diet.

In an easy to read format, Amy Marshall discusses canine evolution, the carnivore vs omnivore debate and the history of the dog food market. She looks at the power of pet food advertising, dog food ingredients and the dog food manufacturing processes.

If you are questioning what you are currently feeding your dog, this is the book for you.

Dr Beckers Real Food For Healthy Dogs & Cats – Beth Taylor and Karen Shaw Becker

I’ve been a huge fan of Dr. Karen Becker for many years now and if you haven’t heard of her before, I strongly suggest that you explore her videos on Youtube or visit the Mercola Healthy Pets website for articles packed with helpful information and tips on caring for your pets the natural way.

Based on ancestral and species appropriate diets, Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats book, provides a nutrition plan and recipes for a meat based diet. Dr Becker explains the impact proteins, fats, carbohydrates, bone minerals, vitamins, and fibre have on the health of your dog. She describes how to prepare your homemade food, what equipment you’ll need and how to store your meals. This book includes recipes, feeding charts and explains how to transition your dog to a raw food diet.

You may find the charts and calculations a little daunting at first but it’s worth persevering, as your dog will be happier and healthy for it.

Feeding Dogs – Dr Conor Brady

If you’re keen to develop your knowledge and understanding of raw feeding and looking for a heavy weight book on the subject, then look no further that Feeding Dogs by Dr Conor Brady.

Dr Conor Brady, a canine nutritionist, has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to researching and meticulously pulling together all of the information presented in this hard hitting book. Written with passion and conviction, Dr Conor Brady, revisits the carnivore vs. omnivore debate, the ancestry of the domestic dog and discusses the issues with kibble and why it is so damaging to your dogs health.

Dr Brady challenges the practice of commercial vets encouraging pet parents to feed their dogs kibble and the influences on the veterinary sector. Dr Conor Brady demonstrates the benefits of feeding your dog a raw food diet and includes recipes and methods for preparing your own raw dog food at home.