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From the tiniest teacup poodle to the most massive Great Dane, dogs' digestive systems are pure wolf. Fido's ancestors enjoyed a diet that was 45 to 50 percent protein, 40 to 50 percent fat, and less than 10 percent carbohydrates. Walk down the pet food aisle, however, and you'll find that typical commercial kibble is made mainly of starchy ingredients like peas, potatoes, corn, wheat, rice, and oats—nothing a prehistoric pup would dream of eating. This "healthy" mix is proving anything but: About 85 percent of dogs eat commercial dog food, and at least half of them are overweight or obese, with cancer killing 42 percent of all dogs and half of dogs over the age of 10.
So how do you feed a wolf disguised as a pug? Paleo Dog - by Jean Hofve, DVM, and Celeste Yarnall, PhD - guides readers through an assessment of their dogs' diets and helps them find the right balance of healthy ingredients. In addition to recipes and nutrition info, the book offers advice on what treats are safe, training tips, the benefits of exercise, massage, and other alternative therapies, and how to ensure that dogs receive the love and attention they need. Paleo Dog is the ultimate manual for any pet owner who wants to give her pet the longest and best quality of life.
About the Author
JEAN HOFVE, DVM, is a holistic veterinarian with over 20 years' experience in conventional and alternative veterinary medicine and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care.
CELESTE YARNALL, PhD, is the author of Natural Dog Care and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care.
“We have four Doberman Pinchers at home and before we started them on the Paleo diet, there were all kinds of problems with skin breakouts and allergic reactions. Since the time we changed their diet, none of those things occur. That's why I think this is a very important book for all dog owners.” —William Shatner
“PALEO DOG is the bible for every dog lover. A must-read.” —Tony O'Donnell, Ph.D.
“PALEO DOG is the only book of its kind that I have ever read that is totally honest, unblemished by hidden advertorial content, and presents complex nutritional information in a highly accessible and interesting manner. The way the book treats the often-contentious issue of vaccination is evidential and quite easy to understand and implement. Nutritional advice is totally sound, and may indeed bring a smile to people who want to feed their pet better while saving money at the same time. PALEO DOG is refreshing, highly informative and a probable life saver for our four legged best friends.” —Jonathan Eisen, Co-Editor, The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine
“PALEO DOG takes canine health back to the future by partnering what worked for doggy ancestors with modern scientific advances. This lifestyle manual for dogs includes exhaustive research, a conversational tone, and a tell-it-like-it-is approach to offer dog lovers the tools they need to make informed choices to improve their best friend's health with natural, earth-friendly techniques.” —Amy Shojai, CABC, award-winning author of New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats
“PALEO DOG is a must-read for all pet guardians wishing to help their dogs thrive. It is the go-to resource for the physical, mental and emotional needs of dogs. Dr. Hofve and Dr. Yarnall have done a masterful job explaining what species appropriate nutrition is, the facts about why this is so, and ways to provide the best diet, lifestyle, and enrichment for dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes.” —Jodi Ziskin, Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Consultant for Pets
“Jean and Celeste have written an excellent book on how to awaken the doctor within all creatures great and small. I know from decades of being a veterinarian that the most important lesson is prevention. For over 30 years, I have taught my clients to just say no to drugs, chemicals, and vaccines, and feed themselves and their animal friends a healthy diet. PALEO DOG is all about optimizing the cell replication capacity of our best friends.” —Stephen R. Blake, DVM
“Everyone who feeds a dog must read PALEO DOG. Based on (un)common sense and decades of research and experience, it is the resource for following Nature's original design of the canine as you feed and understand your dog better in the 21st century.” —Kate Solisti, author of Conversations with Dog and The Holistic Animal Handbook
“I have been a dog lover and into holistic health since my twenties, but this book opened me up to many things I did not know about diet, vaccinations, and the overall health of my two dogs. Thanks so much for an obvious labor of love. Puff and Joey thank you as well! They are eating better now.” —Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, including Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
“PALEO DOG represents state of the art science. It is evidence-based, sharp, accurate and precise. It is hard to believe that this is a book aimed solely at dog's care, because it is so faithful to the essence of science and the heart of common sense that it could be easily considered the new health bible for all living things.” —Ilios Garcia, Chief Science Advisor, MOXXOR