Dog Nutrition: BARF is a natural food for your dog, based on what wild canids eat. It comes from Australia and tends to be more and more successful.
1. What is BARF feeding
2. Advantages and limitations of BARF feeding
BARF is an all-natural food where everything is raw. It is suitable for both adult dogs and puppies and has many positive effects on the health of the dog. But BARF also has its limits.
What is BARF food?
BARF dog food
BARF food is, at your choice, Bones and Raw Feeding, Biology Appropriate Raw Food or even “Gruger un os” in Quebec. Simply put, it is Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. We mix fleshy bones, pureed fruits and vegetables, offal, seaweed, brewer’s yeast, oils… This food is as close as possible to that of wild dogs: raw meat, bones and small quantities of vegetables and cereals already digested by the prey. We have rations composed of 60% raw meat (30% bones and 30% meat), 10% offal, 20% fruit and vegetables and the remaining 10% with seaweed, brewer’s yeast, oils, eggs…
Advantages and limitations of the BARF diet
The advantages of BARF
The advantages of BARF are numerous. BARF food is much more appetizing than anything else on the market. This means that the dog’s taste pleasure is greater. It is not complicated to prepare but requires a little preparation time. It is a fresh and natural food that makes bad smells disappear. The dog does not have bad breath, its general smell is less strong, because it secretes less sebum. The smell of “wet dog” is clearly reduced. With this type of food, the flatulence disappears and the stools are less abundant and less smelly. With BARF food the dog has very clean teeth and healthy gums. By chewing on bones every day, the teeth are maintained naturally. Ear infections are also reported to be less frequent in dogs fed BARF. It would also be good for health and fitness in general: fat mass tends to be lower while muscle mass increases. The dog is livelier, more alert and has more stamina.
The limits of BARF
But there are also the limits of the BARF. BARF is not really food suitable for apartment life. You have to teach the dog to eat on the spot and you will have to clean systematically after each meal. Outside, the dog may be tempted to stock up by burying his food. Supplies can be difficult because you need quality meat that is reliable and in sufficient quantities. Storage can also be a problem. Rations are much larger and portions must be prepared before freezing.
Is BARF feeding the ideal diet?
BARF feeding is ideal for a wolf. However, it is important to know that although wolves and dogs are very close, the dog gradually became commensal to humans and ate its leftovers, including cereals. The result is a genetic evolution that shows 36 different regions in their genome. Among these variations, there are 10 genes that allow the dog to digest cooked starch: cooked cereals are therefore perfectly adapted to the dog. BARF nutrition may be suitable if it is well balanced, but cereals should not be rejected. The balance of the BARF ration can be difficult to achieve: rations are often too rich in bone, which constipates the animal, and too rich in minerals and calcium. This feed is therefore interesting, but only if it is correctly formulated.