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This was the first book that I read when I switched Ted to raw meaty bones, I’ve periodically gone back to it since then but for the purposes of this review I’ve just re-read it. To state the obvious, this book is focussed on feeding dogs raw meaty bones, it doesn’t cover cats or ferrets.

Written by Tom Lonsdale, a pioneering raw feeding vet, one of the great things about this book is it’s a very easy and quick read (less then a couple of hours). At 118 pages it doesn’t cover every eventuality you might stumble across but it does give you all the basics you need to start feeding raw.

If you’re already an expert raw feeder I’m not sure this book will add much to your knowledge and if you want to know more from Tom I’d recommend you get his “Raw Meaty Bones” book instead, a weightier, more detailed book at over 350 pages. However, if you’re still quite new and most of what you know has been read on-line, even if you have been scrupulous in which websites you have used to gain knowledge, it can help assuage any last niggling doubts you have about whether you are doing the right thing, it is referenced to a large number of studies.

One of the things that owners new to raw feeding ask is what to feed, often wanting example menus. This book has suggested menus and lists whole prey and cuts of meat on the bone that are suitable for feeding. It does have a little slant towards Australia, I can’t see me feeding kangaroo tails any time soon!

Tom covers the risks associated with feeding raw, both dispelling myths and advising how to mitigate against risks. Despite it’s brevity it covers raw breeding, the older dog and the benefits of feeding raw throughout a dog’s life. It sets out diseases caused by the feeding of junk food, and is a depressing account of things that vets all too often try to patch over with pharmaceutical products or put down to diseased organs not considering what might have caused the disease in the first instance.

There is a glimpse into some of the more far reaching implications of how we feed our dogs, for example how research into what dogs are fed and the impact on their health might have implications for human health, or how research shows that dogs with periodontal disease (common amongst junk pet-food fed dogs) lose their ability to detect odours, worrying for working animals like bomb detection dogs.

Tom also touches on the links between veterinary associations, veterinary schools and junk pet-food makers, with a scary example of The Journal of Small Animal Practice preventing discussion about and republication of a paper that he published which pointed to the link between diet-induced periodontal disease and immune deficiency.

In short this book is a great summary of why you should feed raw meaty bones to your dog and how to do so, everything you need to get started although it may well whet your appetite to know more.

Work wonders: feed your dog raw meaty bones
Tom Lonsdale
Published 2005
No RRP on cover but a quick google suggests in the UK you can pick a copy up for about £5 to £6.