Book Review: Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs: the definitive Guide to Homemade Meals by Lew Olson, PhD

What’s it about?

This is a book about feeding your dog raw, home cooked foods. The book covers both the theory (why?) and the practice (how) with lots of recipes to get a person started!

Why did I choose this book?

I have been doing some research into raw diets lately and this book was actually on a bookstore shelf…it’s rare to find decent dog books in a traditional bookstore. What made me eventually purchase this book was the fact that it there’s a Rottweiler on the cover. Then I found out that the author has some great credentials: She’s a retired dog show judge, has bred dogs (including Rottweilers) for over 30 years) and has a PhD in natural health.


  • Costs less than 20$ at chapters online and it was delivered to my door.
  • Real easy to read as a reference or to sit down and read it cover to cover.
  • Chapter headings and index make it easy to go back and look a diet or condition up
  • Sections on diets for all life stages including: puppies, senior dogs, working dogs, lactating bitches, pregnant bitches
  • Sections on diets for health conditions such as: heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, pancreatitis, epilepsy, diabetes, hypothyroidism, arthritis, skin conditions, gastric illnesses, allergies and autoimmune related illnesses.
  • Includes advice on how to feed both quality kibble and home prepared or raw foods
  • Covers raw and home cooked diets for those who may be hesitant about food safety concerns associated with raw meat.


  • Highly recommends one type of supplement called B-Naturals

    I suspect she only mentions this supplement because she sells it in the US but, for someone living n Canada, access to this supplement is limited and it would be nice to know what to look for in an alternative supplement. There is a full list of vitamin and mineral supplements with recommended amounts listed but one has to do their own calculating and measuring…it’s just a little more work than using a pre-blended supplement.

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