A list of books, links, and email server groups was one of the main features of the old Pack Lunch website and 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. Click on book cover images to take you directly to the catalog at Dogwise or other websites where you can get more info, read reviews, and purchase titles.
Raw Meaty Bones 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.
Raw Dog Food: Make it Easy for You and Your Dog by Carina Beth McDonald
This book covers the basics, has a great “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 fun and approachable style it has favorable reviews from the “who’s who” in raw feeding and veterinary sciences including Jean Dodds and Tom Lonsdale.
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Shultze
A little book with some good info. I personally don’t agree 100% with her “ultimate diet” as it is described in the book, but there is no one ‘right way’ to feed raw. There is some great information on nutrition, disease, and some fun-to-read anecdotes and testimonials about raw fed animals. A great addition to any pet care library!
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.
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.
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 one for anyone, but especially 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.html
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 for those people who are totally new to the concept of raw feeding and need a beginner’s guide to get started is this page.
The Raw Feeding Community — https://www.facebook.com/groups/preymodeldiet/
This group was started more recently and uses the Facebook group format for discussion between members. This is an INCREDIBLY active forum currently. As opposed to other forums and groups, this one covers a very broad base of feeding styles and approaches, and fosters a more “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.
Raw Feeding — http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/rawfeeding/info or
The grand-daddy of all raw feeding groups on the web is an email server list that is still going strong in that format with tens of thousands of members worldwide. 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. In recent years they have recognized the potential of Facebook, and have started a sister group there. Be notified that the scope of this group is rather narrow. Some find this problematic, but if you keep within group guidelines it should be helpful.
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. The home-page for her site can be found at http://www.rawfed.com/index.html.
Raw Learning — http://www.rawlearning.com/
This site contains a lot of great info for those new to rawfeeding. 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.
Dogster.com/the raw feeding forum — http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet
(UPDATE Feb/2015: Dogster has been going through changes over the last couple years. For a while spam-bots were making the forum virtually unusable, but it looks to be cleared of that, and hopefully we will see it return to the community it once was. I am considering the listing here ‘on probation’, as I would hate to give up on it, but it’s not the resource it used to be for live-time help. The search feature will help you search past content, however, and there are countless figurative man-hours that have gone into answering questions and sharing ideas over the years.) Dogster.com is a great site overall, and the forums they offer are an excellent resource for connecting with other dog owners. From the “Food & Nutrition” forum grew separate forums for specific food choices, including one for raw feeding. Yours truly was a very active member of this forum for a number of years. I have less time for it now but still stop in from time to time. There are a number of really knowledgable and helpful experienced raw feeding “Dogsters” there who help answer questions and have lively discussions about raw feeding.
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. Amy, the founder and blog owner, is highly prolific and Primal Pooch is full of great posts and articles, with many more to come, I’m sure.