|I started to use the B.A.R.F. diet in late
1997, after losing 5 Rottweilers, either related, or un-related, due to
a myriad of health problems. The only correlation that I could
find was the FOOD. For years, I had always used premium kibble, even
trying 'holistic'dog kibble. I came to the conclusion that I didn't
have anything else to lose, except more Rottweilers, which I am determined
will never happen again.
Heidi & Braxx
My lost ones...
So began the changeover in food....
For the first couple of weeks on B.A.R.F.,
the dogs' would happily gobble their food...and then promptly throw it
back up, their coats began to become very dull, and dandruffy...nd although,
the dogs loved their new food, I was very close in changing back to kibble.
Thankfully, I stuck with it! I can only compare kibble with those
pre-packaged pasta dinners (Kraft Dinners, etc.)...it would be like US
eating Kraft Dinner for years, and then suddenly switch over to a diet,
rich in veggies, vitamins, fresh food, and raw meat. I contacted
several B.A.R.F. experts, who assured me that although my dogs were throwing
up, etc, this was quite normal detoxification.
Although I notice that B.A.R.F. fed puppies
mature a bit slower...they all grow into their genetically pre-disposed
size at adulthood, with less growing pain problems (pano, limps, etc).
A B.A.R.F. fed Rottweiler...
DONNIE (left) at 7-weeks old, and right,
winning a Group 2nd at 15-months old!
A natural raw diet has been shown in many
cases to eliminate MANY dogfood-related problems such as:
Problems with anal glands
Stinky Dog Breath
You are not feeding your dog the artificial
preservatives and colors contained in many dog foods.
The raw diet does not expand, and stay in the
gut as dry kibble can.
Palatability is excellent.
There are no rancid or questionable fats.
Dogs who "wolf" their food SLOW DOWN.
Picky eaters SPEED UP.
Condition of dogs on a proper BARF (Bones and
Raw Food) diet is amazing. Muscle mass, coat condition, energy levels,
are all greatly improved on a raw diet.
Dogs on a BARF diet do not require veterinary
dental care. The chicken bones and the larger knuckle bones clean the teeth
and stimulate the gums naturally.
I also find my personal dogs more relaxed and
happier on this diet. They get to spend a much larger amount of time processing
with their jaws natural food items. This obviously is very mentally satisfying
to the dogs.
No foul smelling poop, and the poop turns white
after a couple of days, and disintegrates, because of the calcium and phospherus.
B.A.R.F. fed Mom's have tons of milk for their
babies, have easier whelpings, in addition to stronger puppies. For
pregnant bitches, I also increase Vitamin C, protein, calcium, in addition
to adding raspberry leave powder to their diet, which helps in uterine
fluid. May be gross to some, but I have had puppies whelped smelling
TIME - you must pureé the veggies, fruit
and have enough storage space for bulk purchases of meat, and veggies.
Can be a hassle when going to dog shows - although
a cooler, and a close grocery store will solve this.
Large flake baking oats. (Not the quick
oats) I purchase a 50-lb bag of oats through my local health food/bulk
store. I go through about 2-bags a year. Some B.A.R.F.'ers
do not use oats, although they seem to work well with my dogs.
The oats provide vitamins, protein and roughage.
When I feed 4-Rottweilers, I soak 2 cups
of DRY oats in water and ½ cup apple cider vinegar. I leave
this to expand overnight and in the morning, it swells to about 4 cups
of soaked oats.
The apple cider vinegar provides a tonic
of sorts for the gut and is wonderful for the skin and coat.
Go to your local GNC Health Store or any
health food store to purchase the following:
Vitamin E Capsules 400 iu
Vitamin C Powder or Ester C Powder (1/2
teaspoon per dog, per day)
Flax Seed Oil (should be in a black bottle in
the refrigerator section)
Wheat germ flakes
Angivida yeast or brewers yeast
Lecithin granules (or can be purchased in liquid
or pill form)
Liquid Calcium or bone meal powder
Plain Organic Yogurt
Tahitian Noni Juice
raw beef..I use human-grade hamburger, but you
can use ground chicken, hamburger or lamb. The requirements for each
dog depend on weight, metabolism, etc.
On some days, I will also use fish as an alternative.
Donnie (110 lb. 3-year male) gets about 1
– 1.5 lbs of meat.
PDQ (80-lb. 7-year female) gets about
½ lb of meat
Again this depends on the dog:
Donnie (110 lb. 3 year male) gets about 1
cup of soaked oats.
PDQ gets about ½ cup soaked oats
Each dog gets:
1 tbsp. Organic yogurt
1 tbsp. un-pasteurized, raw honey
handful chopped sultana raisins
raw farm eggs (2x per dog, weekly) ~ Keep the
eggshells to grind them in the food processor for extra calcium!
1 heaping tbsp of The Veggie Mix* See Below
1 tsp. Brewers yeast
1 tsp. kelp
½ tsp. Vitamin C Powder
1 Vitamin E Capsule (1000 IU)
1 Biotin Capsule
1 tsp Liquid Calcium can be found at any drug
store, or 1 tsp bone meal powder (can be found at health food store)
1 tsp wheat germ
1 tbsp cold-pressed flax seed oil
handful dried alfalfa leaves
1 tsp lecithin
I purchase bulk items whenever I can..and
I will use just about every fruit or vegetable that the dogs love to eat.
Every 4-5 days, I throw the following into my food processor. Ideally..you
should be be doing this daily especially if you have a small dog population
<HA!>...I don't have the time to puree daily. The mix should you
last you at least 7-days. I try to use a 2:2 ratio of 2 underground
veggies (carrots, sweet potato, etc) to 2 above ground veggies (broccolli,
spinach, etc.) When I am on the road with my dogs, I use pre-made
The Veggie Mix is as follows:
12 carrots, chopped
2 containers fresh alfalfa sprouts
1 heads of fresh garlic - peeled ~ approx. 6
1 bag of cello spinach
cabbage (only occasionally)
I also make a fruit puree, usually used
for snacks, that can contain anything from:
Treats can consist of soaking oats, with blueberries,
add some yogurt for an evening snack.
At night, our dogs are fed raw chicken backs.
You can use chicken quarters, necks, wings and don’t worry, the dogs won’t
choke on them. If you are unsure, start out with small chicken thighs,
or wings, and give them to your dog. I purchase 60-lbs. of chicken
backs from the local grocery store.. The chicken backs are large,
lots of meat and weigh approximately ½ to 1 lb each.
Don’t worry if you run out or do not have
any of the above ingredients daily, it’s not going to harm your dog!
Mix and serve!