Raw Meaty Bones, by Tom Lonsdale.
A very informative book revealing the real-truth about processed pet foods. Chapters include topics such as – Mouth rot & dog breath, What’s in the can?, Foul-mouthed AIDS, Eating habits of captive small carnivores, diet guide for domestic dogs and cats, The bite on Veterinary dentistry and much more. Soft cover 369 pages.
Tom Lonsdale is a veterinarian who has spent many years practically and scientifically researching the effect that diet has on our pet’s health and well being.
While Dr Lonsdale examines nutrition and disease in great depth there is much more to be found within his pages. Early in the book he cites a study published in 1996 in the respected Journal of Veterinary Dentistry: “A greater than 75% incidence of periodontal disease has been reported in dogs”. That is a sobering statistic.
A little further in he tells of a petfood manufacturer faced with growing evidence of an upswing in behavioural problems being observed in commercially fed dogs. Later in the book comes a story of how, when presented with findings about the relationship of their products and immunological disorders, the industry response was that new products would soon be on the way.
Dr Lonsdale’s basic message is straightforward. Pets with tooth and gum disease gradually develop a multiplicity of disorders and diseases as their immune systems fail. Tooth and gum disease are frequently observed in dogs and cats fed artificial pet foods; they are not observed in wild carnivores except as part of the life cycle when animals are close to death.
Therefore, for optimum health and function, small carnivores such as dogs and cats should be fed a diet appropriate for their species.
The relationship between periodontal disease and the failure of body systems in humans has been accepted for many years. With this book we are able to examine the same relationship in dogs.
Each of us has a view on how to best raise and keep our dogs — we also recognise the need to update our knowledge. Raw Meaty Bones contains a wealth of convincing evidence and valuable information on canine systems and health matters.
Although written by a scientist this book is an easy read for the lay person. There are some ripping ‘whodunnit’ yarns along the way and much else that is entertaining.
(Review written by Judy McMahon) The Canine Journal (The Official Publication of the Royal NSW Canine Council Ltd)
Other books by this author include – Work Wonders