5 Books I Recommend to Aspiring Raw Feeders
23 May, 2016
Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging
I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to learning something new. Some people learn from speaking with others, some scour YouTube for videos, and others read books. I do all of it.
There are a ton of amazing books out there that will send you to The Land of Nod in seconds. Especially when the topic is the science behind raw feeding and dog nutrition – Snore Fest!
But there are five books that I recommend. They’re easy reads and provide a great foundation for raw feeding. And only one of them was written by me.
Book 1 – A Quick-start guide to Raw Feeding
This was the first book on raw feeding that made sense to me. What I like most about this book is the transition guide Louise Chapman offers. Although I didn’t use her guide step by step, following along showed me that raw feeding wasn’t as complicated as I originally thought.
Book 2 – Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs
Rick Woodford created a book with both raw and home cooked meals that are easy to follow and made me feel like “I can do this.” Even now, whenever I’m going to cook a meal for my dogs, I pull out this book and start flipping through to find something that contains the ingredients I have on hand. The book helps me create more than just a meal; I’m creating a balanced meal for my pack.
Book 3 – Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Nutritious, Homemade Meals for Cats and Dogs
Dinner PAWsible is another amazing cookbook that I reference regularly when making meals for my dogs. Dr. Cathy Alinovi is a veterinarian I work with regularly with my blog, Keep the Tail Wagging. And Susan Thixton is the owner of TruthAboutPetFood.com. This dynamic duo knows their stuff when it comes to feeding our pets.
Book 4 – Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals
This is the heaviest book in my collection. Lew Olson does a good job educating readers about the raw food diet without being boring, overwhelming, or confusing. What I loved most about this book is that I could jump around (which is how I like to read non-fiction books) without getting lost.
Book 5 – Raw Feeding from A to Z: Because I Want My Dogs to Live Forever
I was tempted to put my book as #1, but then I got real. Raw Feeding from A to Z is a compilation of blog posts I wrote in 2015 which share my experience (to date) with feeding my dogs a raw food diet. It’s a fun, easy to read book; however, it is long at over 90 pages.
I published this, because I think it’s helpful to learn from other dog owners. If you’re not ready for 90 pages of information, you can also download the free Quick Start Guide to Raw Feeding from my blog.
I’m certain that many people will be surprised that you don’t see books by veterinarians on my list. Although those are valuable too, the books that I have found the most helpful are by people who write in a voice that I can comprehend. In other words, I’m not reading with a dictionary sitting next to me.
About the Author: Kimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging, a blog about raw feeding for dogs and offers a free Quick Start Guide to Raw Feeding for newsletter subscribers. Kimberly and her boyfriend are raising two sets of littermates in the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy a property with plenty of room to run and explore. Rodrigo, Sydney, Scout and Zoey are all herding mix dogs, including Blue Heeler, Border Collie, Catahoula, Australian Shepherd, and Labrador (a lover, not a herder).