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Dog Tales

Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs

By the Editor

The Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook is a must-read for dog-owners wanting to learn more about the benefits of raw feeding. The author, Jonathan Self, who is also the founder of Honey’s Real Dog Food, a company that is said to provide raw food to around 4,000 dogs a month, spells out the correlation between good health, diet, and the longevity of our precious dogs.

It is an easy-to-follow book written in plain English with simple but vital advice that reminds readers of the ancestry and anatomy of dogs and why a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food diet is necessary for a dog’s health and happiness.

Jonathan takes us on a journey that reveals how 1950s Britain changed its eating habits when consumers were introduced to convenience food. While housewives up and down the country were probably jumping for joy at having a break from the kitchen, thanks to the invention of processed dinners, dogs were also being subjected to the same mass produced ready meals that had suddenly replaced the raw bones and meat available from local butchers. By the 1980s, according to Self, most dogs were being fed dried, canned, or pouched food.

Jonathan points out what he believes is wrong with processed food, whatever the brand, citing examples of why, over time, this type of dog food can cause problems.

In an unusual twist, the author invites anyone sitting on the fence about raw feeding to call his company for free advice without any obligation to purchase food.  I decided to put this invitation to the test by calling as a consumer and not as an Editor.

A member of the Health Team called and asked questions about my dog’s age, weight, health issues and what our West Highland Terrier is currently being fed. The person on the telephone took the time to explain raw food and its benefits. It was clear that she was genuine about doing her best for our Westie – this was not a sales pitch I am pleased to say.

While she gently talked through the benefits of raw feeding, she also stated that some dogs are best to stay on, or follow, a prescription diet as advised by the vet, and she acknowledged that a raw diet isn’t for every dog.

The following day I received a quotation for food along with numerous leaflets offering information and the help available for poorly dogs as well as information on why raw food is so connected to good health and diet – for dogs and humans. An excellent book and very impressive free advice from Honeys.