Dr. Billinghurst’s most important piece of writing is the book “Give Your Dog a Bone.” Because cats and dogs have different food requirements, (cats are obligate carnivores while dogs are omnivores with a carnivorous background), he decided they each needed their own book, and that he would write the dog book first. Thus was born “Give Your Dog a Bone.” This book was launched at a 3 day Bichon Frise conference in western Sydney on the 17th November 1993. The book was advertised in all the canine breeder magazines throughout Australia.
“Give Your Dog a Bone” proved an instant hit, with many breeders adopting its ideas. Since that time it has been making steady inroads into the minds of breeders and dog owners throughout the world. To date nearly fifty thousand copies of this book have been sold.
“Give Your Dog a Bone” is the book that began the worldwide BARF dietary revolution for pets and remains ‘the book’ to read on the subject of BARF. It remains the practical common sense way to feed any dog for a long healthy life.
It is the only book available that deals exclusively with feeding dogs their natural or evolutionary diet. This book contains vital information for all dog owners. It is a must for the owners of new puppies. Its 320 pages are packed with practical authoritative dog feeding advice that will drastically reduce vet bills. It shows that a dog’s diet, which is based on raw meaty bones, is simple to produce, promotes health and is inexpensive.
“Give Your Dog a Bone” explains why processed foods are the major cause of growth, reproductive, dental and most of the degenerative diseases including problems such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney failure, cardiac disease, the auto-immune diseases etc.
The subjects covered include:
- Modern dog feeding myths
- The question of cooked or raw foods
- Your dog’s enemy, commercial processed dog foods
- The common problems associated with home produced food
- Basic nutrition
- Bones as dog food
- Offal as dog food
- Fruit as dog food
- Dairy products as dog food
- Table scraps as dog food
- Feeding puppies
- How much food to feed
- Feeding your dog vegetarian style food combining
- Meat as dog food
- Vegetables as dog food
- Grains and legumes as dog food
- Eggs as dog food
- Useful supplements
- Feeding the adult dog
- Getting a dog started on this new diet
- Feeding your dog for a healthy old age
This book has changed the thinking of tens of thousands of people worldwide. More importantly, it has in most instances improved the health of these people’s dogs. Many of these people now look to Dr. Billinghurst as ‘the authority’ on feeding pet carnivores their evolutionary diet. Some say that “Give Your Dog a Bone” has become their “Bible.”
“Give Your Dog a Bone” is essential background reading for Dr. Billinghurst’s second book “Grow Your Pups With Bones.”