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Raw Diet

BARF (Bones And Raw Food)




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BARF = Bones and Raw Food
It refers to a type of diet fed to dogs (and cats) which totally excludes all commercial dog foods.
All food is raw - nothing is cooked.

 

WHY FEED BARF?

We want heathy dogs.
Cooking a dog's food ruins most of the nutritional value (a/k/a "Dead Food").
Dogs should have access to raw meaty bones.
Food for dogs should be high in protein and low in carbohydrates - as nature intended.
A dog's digestive systems isn't meant to cope with high levels of grains. Most commercial dog foods are highly packed with grains.
Nutrition is now taught more in vet schools but the focus is all on processes food with emphasis on the special commercial diets to help manage disease.
The effort is not in prevention of disease through diet, but in the treatment of disease.
Digestive enzymes break down food so that it can be absorbed and utilized by the body. Raw food has enzymatic activity, and the body has a limited supply also. When our dogs eat the raw food that their physiology is designed to thrive on, they receive plenty of food enzymes which aid digestion and nutrient utilization. Whey they eat cooked food, which is devoid of enzymes, they can deplete the body's supply.


WHAT THE ADVANTAGES OF FEEDING BARF?
Decreases doggy odor.
Chewing raw bones naturally cleans the teeth.
Less stool production and firmer stools.
Decreased or non-existent vet bills.
Lower cost for food.
Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate.
Ripping and chewing develops jaws, neck and shoulder muscles.
Decreases dog allergies.
Improvement of dog's coat.
Bones supply calcium and minerals needed for puppy growth.
Improvement in longevity.
Improvement in reproduction - bitches manage pregnancy better.
Better weight and survival figures in puppies.

MOST COMMON CONCERNS
Raw chicken bones are dangerous.
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Raw chicken bones are soft enough to bend easily and break well for dogs to digest. Just don't ever feed cooked bones because they splinter. If you are really concerned, grind them up.
Dogs don't chew bones.
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Some dogs must be taught to chew because they don't chew kibble. It is recommended to always supervise eating.
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Dogs sometimes drink less water. This is natural as raw food is full of naturally occurring water unlike kibble which has the water removed. ONLY offer filtered or spring water - never tap water. The chlorine in tap water is unhealthy for dogs.
There is bacteria in raw chicken.
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There is bacteria everywhere... and you'd be surprised as to how much bacteria (including harmful salmonella) is in commercial dog foods, especially kibble. Dogs have an amazing immunity systems specifically designed to eat all manner of bacteria. The healthier the dog, the healthier the immune system. Just be sure to keep hands and work space clean.

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Raw food is associated with parasites.
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A lot of this can be overcome by freezing and by buying a good source of food.


PROBLEMS WITH COMMERCIAL KIBBLE
Kibble is cooked - cooking reduces the nutritional value ("dead food").
Commercial dog food is often more than 50% grains.
Cereals are the most common cause of allergies.
Commercial dog food is laden with preservatives.
Too high level of carbohydrates linked to over-eating, diabetes and weight gain.
Degenerative diseases were not as prevalent before commercial dog foods.
Meat is mostly by-products.
Poor quality control - you never know where the source of meat is coming from.
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Possibly road kill!!!

DIET (What Foods to Include)
Most dogs do better with a "cold turkey" switch.
Keep it simple - you might start with chicken wings, necks or backs the first day. Let the body get used to new foods slowly.
For veggie meals, start with bland veggies and a bit of lean ground meat.
Supplements might include Vitamin B, Kelp, Alfalfa, Vitamin E and Garlic to begin.
Veggie meal - mix and match - puree.
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Carrot, turnip (include the greens), parsnip, green beans, yellow and green squash, zucchini, celery, spinach, kale, collard greens, dandelion, broccoli, yams, parsley, winter squash, brussel sprouts.
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Veggies must be crushed to release the contents of cells because dogs cannot digest cellulose.
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Need both veggies and bones because bones have a constipating affect.
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Yogurt, fertile egg yolks, canned mackerel, salmon and sardines can be added to the veggie mix.
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1 teaspoon of each of the following oils can be added daily to the veggie meal - safflower, olive or vegetable. Note - many dogs are allergic to flaxseed oil.
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Offal (or organ meat, e.g. kidney, heart, liver, tripe, etc.) Can be mixed into the veggie meal. Note - offal is very rich and too much will cause loose stools.
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Fruits can be given separately or added to the veggie meal.
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Fruit should be ripe or over ripe.
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Be careful of too many dried fruits because of fruit sugar content.
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Cherries are good for arthritic conditions.
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Pineapple and bananas, in small amounts, has enzymes that facilitate digestion.
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Feed 60% RMBs and 40% veggies (as recommended by Dr. Billinghurst).
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If you are just starting, remember to start slow by adding new food items every few days or even weeks, especially the richer foods.
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Judge the amount of food by the pick-up weight of the dog.
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The following is hard for dogs to digest so stay away from feeding these: potato, green pepper, eggplant, tomatoes (these are called the night shade family).
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Onions are poisonous - they cause anemia.
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As you probably already know - chocolate is deadly for dogs!
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Alfalfa sprouts are not for weakened immune systems.
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Don't overdue the cabbage family as they depress the thyroid.

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Legumes have enzyme inhibitors.
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Do not feed raw fish from the Pacific Northwest.
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Older dogs may need lower fat content and a blander diet.
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Adding probiotics to the diet, such as yogurt, helps restore good bacteria in the system.
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Grains are not a natural food for dogs. They are also full of carbohydrates which can be easily converted to sugars. They are one of the major causes of allergies in dogs.

A FEW GOOD SOURCES
"Give Your Dog a Bone" and "Grow Your Pup with Bones" by Dr. Ian Billinghurst
"Natural Nutrition for dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet" by Kymythy Schultze
SWITCHING TO RAW BY SUE JOHNSON
NATURAL IMMUNITY BY PAT MCKAY
VACCINE GUIDE FOR DOGS AND CATS WHAT EVERY PET LOVER SHOULD KNOW

 


"I can't believe I ate the WHOLE thing!"


"Yummy, this was a big one!" This is Nina's girl Trixi. Nina feeds raw too...


"Our first chicken neck meal!"

 

A few of our favorite BARF links:

BARF Testimonials:
http://www.bluegrace.com/barfreports.html
Dr Ian Billinghurst's website:
http://www.drianbillinghurst.com/
Top 50 Most Frequently Asked BARF Questions:
http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm
CavaliersNaturally email list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CavaliersNaturally
What's Really In Pet Food:
http://www.api4animals.org/doc.asp?ID=79
To Supplement or not to supplement - that is the question!
http://home.hawaii.rr.com/wolfepack/herbs.html

Alt Vet Med - a great resources for natural pet care:
http://www.altvetmed.com/

BARF Tips and Tricks
http://www.njboxers.com/tips.htm

SHOULD WE FEED OUR DOGS GRAINS?
http://members.aol.com/addieloo/grainarticle.html

HARE TODAY - GONE TOMORROW - The BEST place to buy organic certified raw green tripe!
http://www.hare-today.com/cart/productsByCategory.asp?intCatalogID=1&strCatalog_NAME=Raw+Feeders

The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy - Current AVH Referral List
http://www.theavh.org

 

 

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