BARF - (Biologically
Appropriate Raw Food Diet)
only way to feed!
years I have fed my dogs in many different ways, using many different types of
processed dog foods with and without natural additives. Myself and the 99% of
the population believed all the advertising campaigns and chose to be ignorant
to the truth about what is really in Processed Dog foods.
I have gone from feeding mainly processed foods to feeding smaller and smaller
amounts of processed dog food. Still hanging on to some blind belief that there
is some goodness in this so called dog food. Seeing my dogs get better coats
whiter teeth, have more energy, they lost useless fat and muscled up, as the
amount of processed food decreased in their diet, was sheer proof that they do
not need it and are much better off without it altogether.
some litters over the years, and keeping in contact with the owners I have
constantly had feedback on their health and condition. It soon became apparent
to me that dogs fed mostly processed foods were not doing as well as those fed
all or mostly natural raw foods, and quality table scraps.
Those dogs which
were fed natural raw foods and or the Processed Dog foods were supplemented
heavily with natural foods and leftovers, did significantly better, lived
longer, had fewer visits to the vets, were more agile and mobile, often
competing in obedience and agility for a much longer period of time without
developing degenerative problems early in life. The skin and coat looked
healthier, the dogs had better immunity and had fewer gastric upsets, better
teeth, and fresher breath.
naturally with little or no grains, have more muscle mass than fat, and are
more energetic performing better in competitive sports. Puppies grow slower and
better, developing fewer skeletal problems and weaknesses.
I came to
the conclusion that no Processed Dog Food, no matter how expensive is not good
for dogs. Even the ones which claimed to have the best quality ingredience are
not good for your dog, by the sheer fact that there are few laws governing what
goes into pet foods, the ingredients are never the same from one bag to the
next. Up to 70% of it is rubbish filler your dog does not need to eat, such as
wheat and rice (Grains) and they're by products.
Pet food companies use
grains that are not good enough in quality for human consumption, they use
grain to create the bulk so that you think you are getting your monies worth,
where in fact you are getting a bag full of wheat or rice.
do not graze on fields of wheat or rice. Dogs do not have a biological need to
eat grains much else have food given to them that is full of grains. Many
people have a high intolerance for diets high in grains
not biologically correct food for dogs, or for that matter us humans. Many a
study and book will refer to them as killer carbs. They are known to cause
early degenerative diseases such as arthritis, allergies, poor skin and coats,
ear yeast infections, terrible teeth, diabetes and are linked to many other
problems dogs are experiencing.
that range anything from 20-30% in Processed Dog Foods are not from quality
meat, but from meat unfit for human consumption, dead diseased euthanised
decaying animals are often used, many articles claim that euthanaised dogs and
cats, still with collars and plastic bags as well as road kill are just some of
the ingredients, that go into the cooking pot. This is described as the
Rendering Process, from which the bone meal or meat meal is
collected from this "cooking pot" at about 250 degrees is than sprayed onto the
otherwise flavorless biscuits (cooked grains). This fat is rancid and like the
rest of the things that go into dog food, which has been heated to very high
temperatures, it is considered carcinogenic. Many believe that it is the very
thing responsible for the high incidence of cancer amongst our faithful
wonderful so Called Total balanced Processed Dog Food is than covered with many
chemicals and colors to preserve the stuff put into nice colored packaging, to
make it look pretty and pleasing to the human eye for all those who choose to
Multimillion dollar advertising campaigns
are put into place, the food is given away at shows and dog related
competitions where the banners advertising their brand are displayed and people
are led to believe that this is what all the champion dogs and top working dogs
are poorly educated in canine nutrition, the education they do receive while
training, is given by representatives from pet food companies. Vets are given
numerous kickbacks and freebies if they use and promote a particular type of
pet food to their clients. Just think if pets do not eat processed dog foods
they will actually have less health problems thus they will not need to visit
the vet as often and get steroids, antibiotics and expensive
CARE and those speak out and write articles and do studies with no personal
gain in the form of sponsorships from pet food companies have to be given
credit. There are only few of those however so do not expect to be told the
truth by your vet or to get support from them when feeding a natural healthy
diet. Just have a look around the vet surgery, and see the food that the vet
will eventually try to sell to you, ask yourself is there money to be made from
this product for the vet? Pet food outlets are just as much to blame, after all
Processed Dog Foods are their bread and butter, without which they would not
industry is huge, millions of dollars are made by everybody from selling and
promoting this type of food, this is not going to change its only the few that
can see past the advertisements, the few that really care about their pets
well-being and spend the time to educate themselves by doing a bit of research
to find out the truth about processed pet foods and the much healthier
alternatives. After all what else can be done with human waste, why not process
it and call it dog food and make money from selling it to the
society is based on fast foods, we like feeding dogs processed foods as its
convenient, and since the advertisements say its good for our dogs, it's easier
to believe it.
breeders are also partly to blame; they also gain by advertising particular
brands of dog foods. They nearly always stem to gain from doing so. Often they
sell the product and make money on it; they get free food for their puppies and
sample bags for the new owners. They have their web sites sponsored; this
includes advertisements for their kennels and dogs featured in many dog
magazines. I do not blame them, dog breeding is very expensive and if done
correctly there is no money to be made so every bit helps!
For most It's
much easier to feed multiple dogs from a bag without any preparation or
planning. Most breeders heavily supplement the Processed Foods with natural
components such as a variety of Raw Meaty Bones, Oils, and Antioxidants. They
try and fill the short falls of Processed Foods. This works for many, but for
those who really care and are happy to put in the little bit of extra effort,
there is no reason why their animals can not be fed an all natural and healthy
diet without the damaging Processed Dog Foods.
many advantages to this type of diet, one of the most obvious being the
long-term health benefits.
savings in food costs and vet bills, the satisfaction that your dogs are eating
what they should eat naturally, and that you are doing the best that you can
for your beloved pet.
absolutely nothing to gain by telling you about our methods of feeding and how
we care for our dogs, I do it because I am very devoted to this magnificent
breed and I love all dogs. Our success in the show ring, working ring and
breeding speaks for itself.
many different books you can read on this subject there are a few I would
recommend. Each book has a slightly different view and way of feeding of the
same diet, some use little or no supplements, others use supplements
outlines the so-called BARF diet, and I would recommend we all read
second book written by Dr Ian Bilinghurst. Called Grow Your Dog with
will take you step by step throughout your dog's entire development and
into the old age.
details step-by-step instructions on how to feed your dog, how to
to feed and why!
also in detail outline the benefits of natural diet versus processed dog
believe he now has a new book out, which is good for beginner BARF feeders.
Called The BARF Diet
also be able to get more information from the following web site and order the
Your Pup With Bones"
by Dr Ian Bilinghurst.
PO Box WO 64
diet will be available for you to purchase from pet shops, pre packaged and
ready to serve so ask.
information contact Ella at "Fireax" Dobermanns on