When this question was posed to Christine Filardi years ago, her response was the same as yours probably is right now: “Dog food?…” But in that same conversation she was introduced to BARF- the bones and raw food diet for dogs . As she transitioned her own dogs off of commercial pet food and onto the BARF diet, she noticed remarkable changes: their fur became thicker and shinier, their scratching virtually stopped, their energy levels increased, and they no longer suffered from periodic bouts of sickness or upset stomach. But the real test came when she felt compelled to foster a dog she found in an animal control shelter who had lost half his fur, was itching constantly and had raw, inflamed skin exposed all over his body. While the cause of his condition was unknown, she was sent home with a box of medications that she was told he would take for the rest of his life. Her instincts told her otherwise, and she treated him instead with supplements and a homemade, holistic diet. Within nine months, he was thriving with a full, shiny coat of hair.
Since then, Christine has set about creating an easy, fun, and informative way of helping as many people as possible to treat their own dogs to longer, better quality lives in the form of a holistic cookbook, “Home Cooking for Your Dog.” With a forward by Dr. Wayne Geltman, DVM, tons of tips and shortcuts, as well as 75 recipes for your dogs, the book also explains in a simple, easy to read fashion why commercial pet foods aren’t as “convenient” for you or your dog as you might think and how to successfully transition your dog to a holistic lifestyle. Pick one up at the spa for yourself or fellow dog lover, or take home a sample recipe and give it a try!