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Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats (4th Edition)

by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
4th Edition Copyright 2017

For more than 30 years, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats has been the go-to resource for health-conscious animal lovers. This fourth edition is updated with the latest information in natural pet health, including groundbreaking research on the benefits of vegan diets for dogs and cats. The nutritionally complete recipes provide optimal health while making home-prepared diets easier than ever. With careful attention to every aspect of healthy, natural lifestyles for animals, the Pitcairns have long been the trusted name in holistic veterinary care and continue to be at the forefront of natural pet health. Written with the same compassion as its predecessors, the fourth edition of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats will help you give your beloved animals the healthiest, happiest lives.

Compassion Circle wholeheartedly endorses this book and highly recommends adding the knowledge and recipes offered to your tool set for taking the best possible care of your animal family. The recipes in the book are well researched, nutritionally complete, and use the Vegepet supplements!

Please visit your local bookstore to purchase the book. We are working on having the book for sale on our site in the near future.

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The Plant-Powered Dog: Unleash the Healing Powers of a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet to Help Your Canine Companion Enjoy a Healthier, Longer Life

By Diana Laverdure-Dunetz MS (Author) & W. Jean Dodds DVM (Contributor)  

Copyright 2023

In her newest book, The Plant-Powered Dog, Canine Nutritionist Diana Laverdure-Dunetz, MS, along with W. Jean Dodds, DVM reference the most up-to-date scientific research to explain the detailed nutritional needs of our canine companions and explore the many benefits of switching to a plant-based diet, including increasing longevity and preventing chronic disease.

It’s no coincidence that staggering numbers of modern companion dogs suffer from one or more chronic inflammatory diseases. Our canine companions have fallen victim to the same lifestyle-related conditions that are skyrocketing among people living in developed societies. As a culture, we and our companion animals are overfed and undernourished, and we are all traveling down the same dangerous inflammatory path.

Fortunately, we have control over dietary choices that affect health! The more research that is done in the field of epigenetics, the more we learn that a plant-based diet is superior for promoting optimum gene expression, disease prevention and longevity. The best part is that you don’t have to choose between your dog’s health and compassion for all animals and our planet.

This book will give you a solid foundation for understanding how epigenetic factors such as the foods you put in your dog’s bowl (and on your own plate) regulate gene expression to help promote either optimum health or chronic disease. The Plant-Powered Dog is in-depth guide that provides:

  • Action Steps to Ensure Success

  • Individual Chapters Offering Plant-Based Solutions for Chronic Diseases (including Cancer and Diabetes)

  • Nutrient Comparison Charts

  • Blank Recipe Creation Charts

  • Sample Recipes (with photos)

  • Extensive Resources and Cited Works

There is just no denying it: Plant-based nutrition is not a fad, for ourselves or our canine companions. It is the healthy, sustainable diet of the future!

Diana Laverdure-Dunetz is the co-author (with Dr. Jean Dodds) of the double-award-winning book The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog (Dogwise Publishing, 2011) and Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health (Dogwise Publishing, 2015). As these were written prior to her personal and nutritional evolution to veganism, she is thrilled that this current book showcases the latest scientific research on the benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet for modern companion dogs.

Diana and her husband, Dr. Rodney Dunetz, support many animal rights organizations. In 2019, they adopted their dog, Moo, from Vietnam. He resides with them in South Florida, where he enjoys basking in the sunshine and thrives on a whole-food plant-based diet.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM, earned her veterinary degree with honors and distinction in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, becoming one of only a handful of women to enter what was the male-dominated veterinary field. Jean has published more than 175 research papers and holds 27 patents. In 1986, she founded Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities includes providing canine blood components and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions; and the Hemolife diagnostic division focused on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine (

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The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions (2nd Edition)

by: Jan Allegretti, D. Vet.Hom.
2nd Edtion Copyright 2018
Format: Paperback

The Complete Holistic Dog book is a wonderful resource to help you care for your dog in the most natural of ways. It is further a testament to the wonderful success the author has had feeding her rescued Great Danes a vegan diet and their lives.

The book includes Jan’s Fresh & Flexible meal plan, a holistic medicine chest of simple remedies to treat many conditions, a guide to homeopathy, herbs, nutritional supplements, and body work, information on medicinal cannabis, and an exploration of how to address the special needs of aging dogs. 

The Complete Holistic Dog Book lends a warm and caring voice when you need it most, when your beloved dog is sick or injured, or when you simply need advice for keeping her healthy and happy.

the complete holistic dog book
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Vegetarian Dogs: Toward a World Without Exploitation

by Verona ReBow & Jonathan Dune
Format: Paperback

Many people wonder if a vegetarian or vegan diet might be appropriate for their animal friends. Fortunately, your dogs can be vegetarians! Vegetarian Dogs provides answers and gives directions to easily purchase or prepare a healthy meal.

Please note that the volume of the supplements have changed since this book was written. If you feed a puppy from the recipes in the book, please add the supplement daily based on the daily supplement on the Vegepup™ label. For an adult cat or dog, either use the gram measure or add the supplement daily.

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Healthy Happy Pooch

by Senae Suzuki
Format: Paperback

This book shares the wisdom gained from Senae’s 20 years of preparing homemade meals for her animal companions. As the proud caretaker of 6 thriving vegan dogs, Senae shares with her readers how to provide a safer, more nourishing, and life-sustaining dietary program and lifestyle.

The Vegedog™ supplement is used in some of the book recipes. Please use the gram measurements or add the daily serving size recommended on the Vegedog label for your dog’s weight to one day’s worth of food. The Vegedog™ supplement increased in volume since the book’s first printing.

Healthy Happy Pooch
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Vegetarian Cats & Dogs

by James Peden
Format: CD-ROM or PDF Download

Vegetarian Cats & Dogs, written by the nationally recognized authority on meatless diets for cats and dogs, James Peden, tells a fascinating story. Find out the benefits of feeding your beloved animal companion a nutritionally sound, cruelty-free diet in the this book! The book is a wonderful resource for all animal caretakers.

Please note that the volume of the supplements have changed since this book was written. If you feed a puppy from the recipes in the book, please add the supplement daily based on the daily supplement on the Vegepup™ label. For an adult cat or dog, either use the gram measure or add the supplement daily.

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Animals and the Afterlife: True Stories of Our Best Friends’ Journey Beyond Death

by Kim Sheridan
Format: Paperback

This subject has been the author’s lifelong passion, and she has made it her personal quest to find the answers. Kim Sheridan grew up with animals as her constant companions. Each time she faced the death of a beloved animal, along with the pain came the same questions, to which she could find no answers. Then, mysterious things began to happen which she could not explain.

Unable to dismiss these mysterious events, Kim embarked upon what became an incredible journey to uncover the truth. Along with her own experiences, she compiled the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people from around the world. She discovered overwhelming evidence that forever erased her own doubts of an afterlife for animals. Today she is a highly respected and sought after expert on this subject, and much of her time is devoted to the care of elderly animals making their transition to spirit.

Since its publication in 2003, Animals and the Afterlife has offered immense comfort and reassurance to those who have ever cherished an animal, and food for thought for anyone who has ever questioned the place of these beloved creatures in the larger scheme of things. The book offers something that resonates with everyone, and does not endorse any particular religion. It does, however, offer objective observations and personal accounts of very profound experiences and emotions linked to after death communication.

This book might just change your perception of death…or lead you on an incredible journey of your own! Animals and the Afterlife makes a heartfelt gift, a captivating read, and a necessary addition to everyone’s lending library! It is a must have for all animal lovers!

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Grow Young with Your Dog

by Mary Debono, GCFP
Format: Paperback

Whether you’re a baby boomer with an aging dog or a millennial with a young pup, Grow Young with Your Dog can help you and your dog get the most out of life. The book’s illustrated exercises are uniquely designed to enhance not only your dog’s health and well-being, but yours as well.

Each chapter has engagingly written stories about Mary’s work helping specific dogs overcome the effects of stroke, arthritis, hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, aging, anxiety and stiffness.  These dogs – many of whom were considered hopeless cases – demonstrate that improvement is possible at virtually any age or condition.

In Grow Young with Your Dog, Mary pulls back the curtain and explains how her unique approach has helped hundreds of dogs and their people enjoy a greater quality of life.  In addition to describing twelve basic hands-on exercises to do with your dog, Mary guides you through ten human exercises. These gentle exercises can reduce stiffness, stress, aches and poor posture, while enhancing your flexibility, balance and coordination.

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