Dr B's Books

Dr. Ian Billinghurst’s Books


Give Your Dog A Bone - 


This is Dr. Billinghurst’s first book and remains his most important piece of writing to date. Since its launch in 1993, this book has 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 Australia and overseas. This is the book that originally launched the worldwide BARF dietary revolution and has sold more than 40,000 copies. 


It remains THE BOOK to read on the subject of BARF and documents the practical common-sense way of feeding any dog for a long and healthy life. This book is a culmination of his 30+ years of veterinary experience, talking to clients about their dogs’ feeding habits, conducting numerous feeding trials, lectures and endless hours of study & research concerning the relationship between canine diet, health and disease. 


Give Your Dog A Bone is written for people who want easy-to-read, common sense guidance on using nutrition to maximise their dogs’ health. Each page is loaded with simple-to-understand information that is invaluable to even veterinary surgeons, veterinary students and professional dog breeders. Most of all, it is an absolute must for dog owners and potential 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 problems with growth, reproduction, dental and most of the degenerative diseases including problems like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney failure, cardiac disease, and auto-immune diseases.


The subjects covered include:


  • Modern dog feeding myths
  • The question of cooked or raw foods
  • Your dog's enemy, commercial dog foods
  • The common problems associated with home produced food
  • Basic nutrition
  • Food combining
  • Bones as dog food
  • Meat as dog food
  • Offal as dog food
  • Vegetables as dog food
  • Fruit as dog food
  • Grains and legumes as dog food
  • Dairy products as dog food
  • Eggs as dog food
  • Table scraps as dog food
  • Useful supplements
  • Feeding puppies
  • Feeding the adult dog
  • How much food to feed
  • Getting a dog started on this new diet
  • Feeding your dog vegetarian style, and;
  • 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 improved the health of dogs these people are caring for. All dogs fed this way show dramatic improvements in health. 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."


Grow Your Pups With Bones –


This is the second in a series of books that deal with feeding companion animals for maximum health. It is the breeders and puppy owner's supplement to Give Your Dog a Bone.


Published in 1998, the mission of Grow Your Pups With Bones is first, to show dog breeders how easy it is to produce healthy pups without the problems so many breeders experience. Second, it aims to show how easy it is to grow those pups into healthy adults with a sound skeletal system.


It's a roadmap on how to adjust the basic BARF diet to provide the nutrients required for proper breeding and a healthy puppy. Packed with great nuggets of information – including avoiding orthopaedic diseases thru proper diet, breeding secrets and what to feed during pregnancy – this book is an important addition to any dog owner’s library.


Grow Your Pups with Bones is divided into three parts:


The first part introduces the Bones And Raw Food "BARF" diet for feeding dogs. The BARF diet is a simplified and more prescriptive version of the diet outlined in his first book, Give Your Dog a Bone. It is the basis of the dietary guidelines outlined in the remainder of that book. The subjects covered include -

  • What is the BARF diet?
  • Is the BARF diet suitable for growing and breeding dogs?
  • What are the nutrients that support growth? and;
  • What you will need to produce the BARF diet?

The second part deals with feeding for breeding. The BARF diet is central to this healthy pup-producing program. The subjects covered include -

  • Basic nutrition for him, her and the kids
  • Before breeding you must start with healthy dogs
  • Breeding secrets - believe some, ignore others.
  • What do we feed her during pregnancy?
  • The whelping box
  • Eclampsia or milk fever
  • Feeding the lactating bitch
  • Weaning the puppies, and;
  • Orphan puppy care.

The third part is about growing pups into healthy adults without producing bone problems such as Hip or Elbow Dysplasia. Once again, the BARF diet plays a central role. The subjects covered include all the common and many of the not so common bone problems that may be seen in young dogs by breeders and owners. 


The basic theme of this book is that dogs are far healthier, reproduce better and grow straighter with no bone problems if fed their biologically appropriate diet based on raw meaty bones. 


The BARF Diet –


This is Dr. Billinghurst's most recent title and helps bring the BARF philosophy to a wider audience of both dog and cat owners. It is a useful primer for the beginner, yet thorough enough for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of evolutionary diets. First published in 2001, The BARF Diet contains plenty of new information, making it a valuable resource for even the most experienced raw feeders.


Teeming with sound scientific principles on which the evolutionary diet was founded, The BARF Diet outlines the enormous health benefits available for any animal fortunate enough to be fed raw, wholesome foods.


The early chapters cover the sound scientific principles on which the evolutionary diet - the BARF diet - is based and detail the enormous health benefits available when animals are fed this way.


There is a chapter devoted to explaining supplementation. And another chapter detailing the concept of "complete and balanced." This chapter is a must for people who believe processed pet foods fulfil the complete and balanced promise. There is a chapter devoted to the difficult question of feeding bones and the fear of bacteria in the BARF Diet.


In the second half of the book, there are recipes and other highly relevant and practical information to assist in the home production of BARF diets for both dogs and cats. Included in this section, there is a chapter on "Trouble-shooting" and one on "Switching to BARF." This is the short practical book on BARF that so many BARFers have asked for.


Foot Note :


So, whether you're just interested in learning more about your dog's nutritional requirements, you're thinking of becoming a raw feeder, or you're already a long-time disciple of feeding biologically appropriate raw foods, we're confident you‘ll find all the crucial information you need from Give Your Dog a Bone, Grow Your Pups with Bones and The BARF Diet to improve your dog's health, longevity and quality of life.



a) Give Your Dog A Bone   :   S$58.00

b) Grow Your Pups With Bones   :   S$66.00

c) The BARF Diet   :   S$45.00

Note : Prices quoted above are inclusive of delivery to anywhere in Singapore.

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