Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

Over 400,000 copies of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats have been sold since its original publication more than 20 years ago

The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised–for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.

They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They’ve updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth “Quick Reference” section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders-with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“A must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.” ―Amazon.com

“Pets have never had it so good!” ―Michael W. Fox, former vice president of the Humane Society

“For many of my clients, Dr. Pitcairn’s book is their trusted holistic health guide for their canine and feline companions needs, full of practical pointers for the concerned caregiver”a must read for those embarking on the worthwhile journey towards restoration of their pets’ health and happiness. This new edition is a must-have for the pet care library.” ―David Evans, DVM, CVH, Natural Care Clinic for Pets

“Would you like your dog and cat to live a longer healthier life? This easy to use and well researched book is a must for you. Every one of my holistic clients has Dr. Pitcairn’s book and many have told me how frequently they read it for treatment of minor problems, nutritional information and how to make lifestyle choices to improve health for themselves, their animals and our planet.” ―Dr. Christina Chambreau, Homeopathic Veterinarian and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal

“The third edition of this “landmark” text is welcome, and will take up space on my bookshelf, as well as the bookshelves of many of my colleagues and clients.” ―Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM, Founder, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

“Dr. Richard Pitcairn again demonstrates why he is so respected in his field. This book should be required reading for anyone seeking true, lasting health for their animals and will continue to be a must-read for my clients.” ―Larry A. Bernstein, VMD

“I anticipated that this 3rd edition would be a thorough and thoughtfully-written guide to natural health care for animals, packed full of useful information and practical tips. My expectations were exceeded! Dr. Pitcairn has a wonderful way of making both basic principles and complex topics fresh and reader-friendly, all the while gently raising questions that encourage thinking and re-thinking conventional “wisdom” in companion animal care. Who should read this book? Those just embarking on the path of natural health for their pets, those who have been on this path for years, and every holistically-minded veterinarian who wants to understand root causes of disease and expand his or her repertoire of treatments that truly support and help restore health. Although I have used and recommended the earlier edition of this book in my practice for years, I plan to make this new edition required reading for my clients!” ―Lynn S. Peck, DVM, MS Holistic veterinarian and researcher

“Once again Dr. Pitcairn has given animal caretakers the definitive how-to for a healthier, more natural and holistic approach to animal health. This up-dated edition, in his easy-to-read, story-telling style, has added information on diet and vaccinations based on recent research. The results achieved in animal well-being by incorporating the dietary, herbal and homeopathic information provided in previous editions have spoken for themselves. The new information contained in this new edition will raise the quality of our companion animal health just that much higher.” ―Dr. Kimberly Henneman, DVM

About the Author

Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Washington State University. Since establishing his private practice in homeopathic veterinary medicine, he opened a clinic offering only holistic animal care, in Eugene, Oregon.

Susan Hubble Pitcairn was the driving force for the completion of the first edition of this book.

Format: Paperback

You may see some of my other reviews about human health and nutrition, this is THE book that prompted me to learn more about MY diet.

Here’s what I liked about the book:

Dr. Pitcairn has been a veterinarian for a long time. It was refreshing to read about his holistic approach to pet health and diet–treating the root cause, not the symptoms. I like the fact that Dr. Pitcairn chose to think outside the box, so to speak, and look for alternatives early in his career when he found that his patients did not always respond to drugs. Also, the recipes are excellent for ensuring a truly healthy diet.

I can’t think of anything that I did not like about the book.

I still remember the first time anyone had EVER mentioned to me that dog food is not good for dogs. My husband and I were adding a dog to our family and was going through an interview process with the breeder. She knew that we already have an older dog and she asked about his diet. This was two years ago, and by then, our older dog (11 years old at the time) had lost most of his teeth, and we had (reluctantly) taken him off his kibble diet. When we started feeding him more “table scraps” we noticed some incredible improvements. His coat looked better than it had in his 11 years, he was also very “peppy” and seemed to be overall in great health and spirits. All during his life he had ALWAYS suffered from weird ailments like skin disorders, hot spots, clogged anal glands, dry flaky skin, nasal allergies, etc. I can not count how many times this dog had been on drugs like cortisone and prednisone and bathed in “hypo-allergenic oatmeal-based shampoos”. During my interview with this dog breeder, I did not share with her what my dog had been through, I just said, “…he has lost most of his teeth, and no longer eats kibble”. This is when she told me that I shouldn’t feed him kibble, and I should not feed the new little one kibble either!

This got me curious and I started doing my own research about dog food and was absolutely HORRIFIED to learn the ingredients used to make dog food. How can an entire industry (veterinarians) give such harmful advise?!?! I was and still am outraged at all the people along the way who always advised me to keep my dog on kibble, and I had heard it from so many sources for so many years that I figured they must be right! The day I learned what kibble has in it, my husband and I started cooking for our dogs. There’s been some ups and downs during the last two years, learning what to feed and what not to feed, but overall I believe that both dogs are much healthier and my husband and I have peace of mind knowing exactly what they are eating! Oh, and all those skin ailments and allergies that the older dog suffered from for 11 years?…not a SINGLE episode in the past two years!

I found this book to be very helpful in understanding what dogs need to be healthy. I learned that generally speaking, we were doing most things right. We did make some changes in the supplements based on Dr. Pitcairn’s recommendations and we replaced the white rice we had been feeding with oatmeal–which both dogs seem to like.

The older dog is now 13 years old and was diagnosed with Inflammatory Brain Disease about 2 months ago. We are obviously very devastated and I believe whole-heartedly that this brain disease was brought on by the poor diet and also the “top-spot” flea poison he had been on all his life. I found out AFTER his diagnosis that top-spot has been linked to this disease…as this is the same way the poison kills the fleas–it attacks their nervous system!–we had treated him with Frontline just four days before he became ill and was carried to UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Whether you decide to buy this book or not, I would suggest that you to do your own research about your pet’s diet and decide for yourself. Some would say that cooking/preparing meals for their pets is a hassle, but this is the least you can do for all the benefits you will get from your healthier pet–not to mention the money you’ll save from not taking your dog to the vet all the time to treat symptoms of a poor diet!


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