Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition

July 29, 2012 by  
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Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition

Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition provides an introduction to nutrition of the healthy dog and cat and an extensive discussion of medical disorders that can be managed in part through diet. Presenting easy-to-follow recipes that can be prepared at home, this new edition of Donald Strombeck’s classic handbook has been completely rewritten by new author Patricia A. Schenck to reflect the latest nutritional recommendations based on current research. New chapter topics include feeding the puppy and kitten; feeding the pregnant or lactating dog or cat; feeding the senior pet; feeding the performance dog; and the role of diet in pets with cancer. Diets are now listed together in a cookbook style for ease of use, and recipes are adjustable for any size dog or cat, allowing exact nutritional values to be calculated. Nutrient content for protein, fat, carbohydrate, and fiber have been provided for every diet, along with the nutrient density. A companion website features dow

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3 Responses to “Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition”
  1. ML775 says:
    51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Book DOES contain a DANGEROUS error!, January 5, 2011
    ML775 (Midwest, USA) –

    This review is from: Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition (Paperback)

    A DANGEROUS error appears, several times, in “Home Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition).” The error is alarming enough to cast doubt on the book’s entire contents and credibility. I have a copy of the book in front of me as I’m writing this review, so I’m not mistaken.

    In Chapter One, on page 8, under the subtitle, “Assessing a Homemade Diet Recipe,” author Patricia Schenck discusses what a homemade diet recipe should include. After mentioning carbohydrates, proteins, fat, calcium and calcium/phosphorus supplements; Schenck claims, “Calcium carbonate (baking soda) or bone meal (source of calcium and phosphorus) should also be present.”

    Calcium carbonate IS NOT baking soda. Yet Schenck claims it is, on page 8 and throughout the book.

    Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) is often used as a dietary calcium supplement.
    Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). Baking soda IS NOT useful as a calcium supplement. It’s often used as a leavening agent in baking.
    Calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate are chemically different and will affect a dog’s body differently when ingested.

    Many of the recipes for dog and cat diets in “Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition)” use baking soda as an ingredient (For example, dog diet recipes on pages 416, 417, 424, and 425; and cat diets on pages 473, 498, 499 and 504). Each time “baking soda” appears in the ingredient list it’s defined in parentheses as, “calcium carbonate.” Schenck did not just make a one-time flub in Chapter One. The author mistakenly defines baking soda as calcium carbonate throughout the book.

    Schenck includes baking soda in dog and cat diet recipes specifically formulated for animals with renal disease, each time indicating the baking soda is, “calcium carbonate.”
    According to the Merck Veterinary Manual online, animals with acute kidney disease may indeed be treated by restricting their dietary phosphate intake and feeding them sodium bicarbonate (baking soda); to counter high levels of blood acidity. This might explain why Schenck includes baking soda in her recipes for renal disease. However, it doesn’t explain why she refers to it as calcium carbonate. Nor does it explain why she claimed, in Chapter One, that either baking soda or bone meal should be present in every homemade diet recipe. She probably meant either calcium carbonate or bone meal should be present in every homemade diet recipe, yet she said “baking soda” and that’s a serious error.

    I started researching canine health and nutrition in 2002. I’ve fed my vibrantly healthy, 11-year-old dog homemade meals for almost eight years. I’ve blogged about it for two years to show other dog owners how healthy a home-fed dog can be and how easy it is to be a Doggie Chef. I’m not a doctor of veterinary medicine, so I rely on books like Schenck’s for advice and guidance.

    Perhaps the error in this book was an editor’s mistake. Even so, the author should have caught it when proof reading the book. I realize even the most qualified people can make big mistakes sometimes, and I’m sorry for Schenck if that’s what happened. I appreciate Schenck’s good intentions to write a book to help pet owners prepare nutritious homemade meals. Yet something should be done to get the word out to the public about this error. Perhaps the author can explain/correct it on her website and that website could be linked to this book’s Amazon listing. Well-intentioned pet owners may read part or all of this book, completely trust the author’s expertise as a doctor of veterinary medicine, and inadvertently create homemade diet recipes that could harm their pet’s health.

    Such a dangerous error (calling baking soda calcium carbonate and suggesting baking soda should be added to homemade diet recipes for healthy dogs) leads me to question all the information contained in “Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets (Second Edition).”

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  2. lsz says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Baking Soda SUBSTITUTE, July 30, 2011

    This review is from: Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition (Paperback)

    This is in reference to all the baking soda comments. If you read every time baking soda is mentioned, they all very specifically state “baking soda substitute,” not “baking soda”. Baking soda is indeed sodium bicarbonate; baking soda substitute, which is what the book calls for, is calcium bicarbonate. By recommending “baking soda substitute”, Dr. Schenk is in no way calling for the baking soda/sodium bicarbonate several reviewers claimed she is recommending. Again, Dr. Schenk very clearly calls for “baking soda substitute” or calcium bicarbonate,the key being the word substitute. She specifies calcium bicarbonate specifically so that sodium bicarbonate will NOT be used. These are very good and balanced home-made diets, but they only work if you read the ingredient list and follow it carefully, with no substitutions or short-cuts.

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  3. OwnedBySibes says:
    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the more informative you’ll find available for the non professional on nutrition but with baking soda mistake, December 23, 2010

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    This review is from: Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets, Second Edition (Paperback)

    edit: Note about this book mislabeling baking soda as calcium: Caution should be noted in the first part of the book (1-267) there are 2 instances of baking soda written to be the same as calcium carbonate; both in chapter one: page 8 (one occurrence) & page 12 (one occurrence), and in the recipe/diets portion (269-505) there were 21 instances found in the following… dog recipe section: 416-420 & 422-424 (recipes for dogs with renal disease), 425 (recipe for dogs with struvite urinary stones) & cat recipe section: 457-459 (recipes for senior cats), 473 (recipe for cats with cancer), 497-501 (recipes for cats with renal disease), 502-504 (recipes for cats with oxalate urinary stones)…these all label “Baking Soda” (which is also known as sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate or NaHCO3) mislabeled as “Calcium Carbonate” (which is also known as CaCO3, and often used medicinally as an antacid/calcium source supplement). Do not give your pet Baking Soda as a Calcium supplement. There may be other reasons to use baking soda in a recipe, but it is not addressed in this book, and baking soda is wrongfully identified as calcium carbonate.

    *I originally gave 4 stars, before seeing for myself this baking soda error…an error too easily overlooked, since it’s listed as “calcium carbonate (baking soda)” and “baking soda (calcium carbonate)” & the eye/mind can correct (as one or the other) while reading, without realizing…not good if someone reads as “baking soda”.

    “HOME-PREPARED Dog & Cat DIETS 2nd Ed.” (Schenck) is one of the most informative books on this subject I have found; that is available to the non-professional (but has the baking soda mistake…you will need to correct the pages mislabeling baking soda as a calcium carbonate supplement); on figuring out (calculating) and understanding recommended analysis on pet’s nutritional needs…this is very hard to find in the books available today.

    Although this is available to the non-professional (and in an easy to read format for the average person), it’s not something I’d recommend if you are not use to preparing diets, or have no clue about the time and efforts required…this book may appear quite overwhelming. This is not a “first book”, but more of a tool/resource for those wanting to be more precise with their pet’s nutritional needs. If you choose to get this book, try to find it used and at a less expensive price (especially with having an error on baking soda/calcium) and make sure you correct the pages with this mislabeling.

    For a great book on getting started, I’d recommend “Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide” (Bastin, Ashton, Dixon, DVM) and/or “Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals” (Olson, PhD) as an informative beginner’s tool, before reading this one, and/or to use along with this book. (sorry, I don’t have any cats)

    What to expect getting out of this book:

    -Learn how to make precise calculations for your pet’s feeding requirements (daily Caloric needs/kcal), based on your pet’s weight, age & activity levels by using easy mathematical formulas. [example: RER = 70x(body weight in kilograms)^0.75 & DER = 1.6 x RER] (RER = resting energy requirement; DER = daily energy requirement)

    -Learn importance of vitamins, minerals & other nutrients and the appropriate *ratio for your pet’s weight, age and specific needs (depending on health issues or diseases that may or may not be present). *This is given in percentages (%) and if you do not wish to give a full spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement (and/or desire to give minimal supplement necessary w/ complete diet), it will require some mathematical background in working with percentages (having an ability to do so; without needing a tutorial, since the book doesn’t give a “lesson” on this). –If this is too hard for you (or you don’t feel confident), then you’d want a veterinarian (that specializes in nutrition and diet for pets) to help work it out for you. *remember NOT to use baking soda as a calcium source!

    -Read information about several of the most common diseases (and health concerns), how they reflect your pet’s nutritional needs and what should be added/subtracted from your pet’s diet; to help create a more nutritional specific diet for your pet.

    -Find very useful information on safe food handling, ways to monitor your pet’s health/nutritional needs, along with useful resources and suggestions.

    How to use this book:

    It’s best to use this book as part of a teaching tool, to help enhance the way you balance (and help monitor) your pet’s nutritional needs…mainly with calculating. The recipes should be looked at as a baseline, and in my opinion, should be altered by concerns; in order to make complete. Note: Recipes will need altered, especially for those wanting higher protein and lower (to no)…

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