A guide to BARF – Raw Food Diet for Dogs
Feeding bones is a very worrying topic for a lot of dog owners, and is probably the main reason why we do not feed raw diets. But it is essential to include a small amount of bones in the diet. These can be chicken or duck wings, the necks or whole carcasses, or chicken thighs, lamb ribs, turkey necks, duck necks or beef meaty bones.
Fed raw (never cooked), meaty bones are a fantastic food for your dog, providing a range of vital and natural ingredients, such as calcium and phosphorus, especially if fed as bones with plenty of meat on! The bones will be crunched up by your dog along with the meat, providing a workout for your dogs mouth and resulting in healthy gums and fantastic teeth that are free from plaque.
Try and match the meaty bone to the size of your dog – don’t give a small chicken wing to your Great Dane – or a large chicken carcass to your Cockapoo! Large bones which can be obtained such as marrowbones, are purely recreational to provide stimulation and help boredom. These are not the same as the meaty bones which are a food source.
Your dog can also obtain good nutrition from including vegetables in the diet. Broccoli, Spinach, Carrot or Kale can all be included, but the best way to include these is to pulp them raw in a juicer, and add to the tripe or meat mince 3 to 4 times a week. Or slightly cook and mash to a pulp then freeze and defrost as required.
As you can see this diet revolves around meat, animal proteins and animal fat – this is what nature has designed your dog to eat – not grains, rice or potato or other carbohydrates.
However, dogs are natural opportunists and never turn down free food, so if you supplement this diet with occasional table scraps or they steal your toast, this should not harm their digestive system.
Also your dog will happily eat the occasional egg, or small amount of fruit, along with fish such as sardines or mackerel.
A HEALTHY DIET FOR ALL DOGS…
Feeding this diet to your dog will result in a healthy dog with all the following benefits.
- Fantastic Coat
- Healthy Skin
- White Teeth with Healthy Gums
- Strong Boosted Immune System
- No Weight Problems
- No Stinky Poo’s!
- No Anal Gland Issues
- No Allergy Problems
Feeding your dog a raw diet does not require exact measuring or weighing, it is actually very simple and you will feed as if feeding yourself. However, as a guideline we suggest the following daily menu based on a medium sized 20kg dog….
MORNING: Feed 2 meat bones such as chicken wings or duck wings.
EVENING: Feed 400gms meat mince* including 2 tablespoons of pulped vegetables.
FOUR TIMES A WEEK: Add a small amount of Liver or Kidney (approx 50gms) to each meat mince meal.
TWICE A WEEK: Add 1 raw egg to the meat mince (or give separately).
ONCE A WEEK: Replace a meat mince meal with approximately 400gms of fish (Sardines or Mackerel).
OCCASIONALLY: Give some chopped fruit as a treat.
* Meat minces can be varied to include beef, tripe or lamb – as can the morning bones to include lamb necks or duck necks.
We have a good range of frozen raw meats, organ meats and bones in stock (see below), and we will gladly help you get started on a raw diet for your dog, just visit us in-store 7 days a week or call us on 01270 586250 or message us via our Facebook page .
(Pack Size 454gm)
CHICKEN & BEEF @ £0.75
CHICKEN & SALMON @ £0.75
DUCK & TRIPE @ £0.75
We can order in many other flavours and types of minces, alongside a varied selection of bulk products. Please call our sales team for more prices, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or message our Facebook page.
BEEF CHUNKS 2KGS @ £7.49
LAMB & TRIPE CHUNKS 2KGS @ £4.99
HEART 500GM @ £1.99
HEART 2KGS @ £4.99
LIVER 2KGS @ £3.49
KIDNEY 500GM @ £1.99
KIDNEY 2KGS @ £5.99
DUCK NECKS 500GM @ £1.99
DUCK NECKS 2KGS @ £4.99
CHICKEN FEET 200GM @ £1.49
CHICKEN FEET 2KGS @ £3.49