A list of books, links, and email server groups was one of the main features of the old Pack Lunch website and really what started it all. The resources listed here are ones I view as a good starting place for people new to the idea of raw feeding, as well as some old standbys that even the most experienced raw feeder might find themselves visiting over and over. You can also check out the PL Pinterest boards for many many many more sites and resources.
Dogwise carries many of these books. They are an independent seller and publisher who has been a reliable online retailer for many years. As of Fall 2017 they are doing an overhaul of their website and making change to their affiliate program. Please do check Dogwise first for your purchases. As soon as their new system is up I’ll create hyperlinks to help you get the materials you need as efficiently as possible!
Raw Meaty Bones: Promote Health by Tom Lonsdale
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in raw feeding. One of the more comprehensive texts on the subject, it covers the recent history and foundation of the concept of raw feeding. I’m not going to lie, the first chapter is a bit dry and lengthy, but the rest is a captivating read for anyone interested in a natural approach to diet and healthcare.
Work Wonders by Tom Lonsdale
Raw Meaty Bones is more about theory and politics, Work Wonders is a shorter “how to” practical guide from veterinarian Tom Lonsdale. In my opinion this is one of the best “how to” books available. It is short and to-the-point which means that it is a bit generalized, but overall a book that anyone new to the idea of raw feeding will benefit from.
Raw Dog Food: Make it Easy for You and Your Dog by Carina Beth McDonald
This book covers the basics, has a good “how to”, and is a really amusing read in general. This is a great book for those who like a down-to-earth approach and a reminder to keep things light and fun. Despite its approachable style it has favorable reviews from the “who’s who” in raw feeding and veterinary sciences including Tom Lonsdale and Jean Dodds.
Give Your Dog A Bone by Dr. Ian Billinghurst
“Give Your Dog A Bone” is the first book from one of the pioneers of the modern raw diet, Dr. Billinghurst. This one is chock-full of interesting and useful info about why a raw diet is beneficial and the problems that have been caused by feeding dogs with commercial diets. I personally start to lose him when it comes down to exactly WHAT to feed, but it’s definitely a must-read for those new to the world of raw feeding if for nothing else a wider perspective on different ways of providing a raw diet. Note that Dr. Billinghurst’s recommendations of the 90’s and Dr. Billinghurst’s current approach to food and feeding are quite different. I find a lot of value in this first book, but would advise caution when seeing the Billinghurst name attached to other publications.
Grow Your Pups With Bones by Dr. Ian Billinghurst
This book is a companion piece to “Give Your Dog A Bone” and approaches the subject of raw feeding from the perspective of breeding and feeding puppies. Not just for breeders, this book is a good one for anyone who is feeding or will be feeding a puppy, or anyone wanting to learn all they can about raw feeding and health. Same caveat applies as with “GYDAB” above.
Canine Nutrigenomics by W. Jean Dodds, DVM
When I first gave this a read-through I was underwhelmed, but as it’s had time to settle I have been realizing the value of the information contained within. There is very little information about raw-feeding specifically, but that’s really not the point of the book. I do highly recommend this book, especially to anyone with a dog with an illness or allergies, or for those people considering the transition from commercial and/or processed food to a home-prepared and/or raw diet.
The Nature of Animal Healing by Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM
Though not about raw food specifically, this is an incredible book about holistic pet care, the importance of diet, and the effects of vaccinations and drugs. It goes into detail about pet nutrition, a discussion of commercial pet food, and holistic veterinary medicine.
Pukka’s Promise by Ted Kerasote
This is another book that’s not solely about raw feeding, though it does discuss it. This is a narrative written about the author’s quest for the best ways to ensure longevity and health for his dog, Pukka. It discusses a host of factors, including diet. It is a great combination of facts and stories, with complete citations and excellent writing.
WEB SITES/SOCIAL MEDIA/E-MAIL SERVER LISTS:
Best general page for a total beginners “how to” — http://rawfeddogs.org/rawguide
Pack Lunch is really more of a site for those folks who know a bit about raw feeding already and have started their journey. As popularity of feeding raw diets has increased, the variety of ways people go about feeding has also increased. I’m fond of saying there’s no absolute “right” and “wrong”, when it comes to feeding pets, more it is a spectrum of “good-better-best” (within reason). In my opinion this webpage contains the ‘best’ info summed up in a succinct manner.
Raw Feeding — http://www.facebook.com/groups/rawfeedingcarnivores/
The grand-daddy of all raw feeding groups on the web started as an email server list and is still going strong, now available through Facebook. It is carefully moderated by a group of very devoted long-time raw feeders, and is an unparalleled resource. I encourage anyone and everyone — especially those new to raw feeding — to join this community. Note that the scope of this group is rather narrow, and conversation is very goal-oriented. Some find this problematic, but if you keep within group guidelines it should be helpful. Their “files” section contains a lot of valuable information.
The Raw Feeding Community — https://www.facebook.com/groups/preymodeldiet/
This group was started more recently than “RF” and also uses the Facebook group format for discussion between members. This is an INCREDIBLY active forum currently. This one covers a very broad base of feeding styles and approaches, and fosters a “laid back” inclusive attitude in its members. I happen to like the fact that they also have a sister-group in the network called “Raw Feeding Community Extreme” geared towards raw feeders who enjoy discussing the feeding/sourcing of meat that doesn’t just come in small portions on styrofoam trays. If talking things through with others is part of your learning style and/or you want to share your journey this might be a very useful forum for you.
The Many Myths of Raw Feeding — http://www.rawfed.com/myths/
This page is authored by a woman named Carissa Kuehn. It is formatted as a list of myths about canine nutrition and the raw diet, and her rebuttals to these myths. It is based on years of experience and research. This page is a must-see for anyone with a dog, and offers a fantastic introduction into the “why’s” of raw feeding.
Raw Learning — http://www.rawlearning.com/
This site contains a lot of great info for those new to raw feeding. There are tons of resource links and a little more of a basic “how-to” than other sites have.
Raw Fed Dogs — http://www.rawfeddogs.net/
This is another fantastic website made by a prey-model feeder. This site features lots of photos and “recipes” for different meat products and is both informative and amusing. The author of this site feeds a pack of 12 dogs!
Meat charts from www.virtualweberbullet.com —
Once you have decided to make the switch, you will need to buy meat! Dogs don’t need prime cuts of, well, anything, and sometimes it’s helpful to get to know your cuts of meat and where on the animal they come from. This way you can ask your butcher about specific cuts and get the best deals. Heck, sometimes it’s just fun to know what the weird hunk of cow you just bought! This link, which is actually from a Weber meat smoker webpage, has really nice beef, pork, and lamb charts. The government of Alberta also has really detailed meat cut charts for beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and veal on their Food Inspection Agency site, which can be found at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/mcmancv/mcmancve.shtml.
Primal Pooch — http://primalpooch.com
Primal Pooch went live in June of 2013, and is a blog that not only features raw feeding and related issues, but all-around lifestyle interests that I think would appeal to Pack Lunch readers. After all, food is but one part of health! I highly recommend checking it out for specific info you might be looking for, or just to peruse.
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