The B.A.R.F diet stands for two common phrases: ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ and ‘Bones & Raw Food’. Founded by veterinarian and nutritionist Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the principle is to feed dogs the diet they evolved khổng lồ eat—a raw diet composed of meats & greens that are fresh, uncooked và wild.

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The genetic makeup of domesticated dogs supports this. From Boston Terriers to lớn St. Bernards, dogs are essentially the same as their ancestors, gray wolves.

The raw diet is high in protein, moderate in fat, has minimal amounts of carbohydrates & consists of:

Muscle meatRaw meaty bonesOrgan meatVegetables và fruitsSupplements

How Much Raw Food Should You Feed?

Regardless of food, whether it be dehydrated, raw or treats, it’s always important to lớn take inlớn tài khoản dog weight & age. 

Try our handy feeding calculator lớn estimate how much food you should be feeding your pet based on these factors.

Benefits of Feeding Your Dog the B.A.R.F. Diet

There are numerous health benefits to feeding your dog a raw food diet. These include:

Leaner, more muscular build; nearly 60% of dogs are overweight or obese based on body condition scoring, which leads khổng lồ a number of related conditionsSkin and coat improvementsCleaner teeth and fresher breathLess odorVibrant, calm energy

And don"t forget about the environmental benefits: feeding raw lowers our ecological footprint. A raw diet is more fully utilized by dogs’ & cats’ bodies, which equates to smaller stools & cleaner litter boxes.

The B.A.R.F. diet also uses animal parts like organ meats that, while safe for us to lớn eat, are usually avoided by humans. Using these parts of the meat reduces waste.

In short: what’s good for our pets is also good for our environment. It’s truly a win-win. Read more about the benefits of raw và FAQs.

Choose a Balanced B.A.R.F. Diet

Despite the many health benefits, one drawbaông xã associated with a raw diet is the risk of giving your dog an unbalanced diet. Many owners want to lớn do it themselves, which is great. Unfortunately, most bởi vì not know how to properly balance all of the micronutrients dogs need, which can lead khổng lồ deficiencies & future health problems.

Raw Bistro has spent years perfecting its raw dog food recipes lớn offer the most nutritious diet possible. We use only USDA-inspected, human-grade ingredients, and each entrée is formulated to ensure the right balance of all ingredients—especially vitamins, minerals and other micro-nutrients.

Many companies add a basic one-size-fits-all Vi-Ta-Min & mineral supplement to lớn their foods. The problem with their approach is that the naturally occurring vitamins & minerals between chicken, turkey & beef vary widely. At Raw Bistro, we precisely calibrate our supplement mix to lớn optimize each different entrée—so you know that your pups are getting just what they need when it comes lớn micro-nutrients. Not too little và not too much.

Retìm kiếm Supports B.A.R.F.

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Dr. Karen Becker, integrative wellness veterinarian, is a strong proponent of raw food diets for dogs, và her retìm kiếm backs up her claims.

Her writings on the B.A.R.F. diet shows how beneficial feeding raw can be for your pet compared lớn traditional kibble. Becker visited experienced veterinarian Dr. Anna Hielm-Björkman from Helsinki, Finland to lớn learn more about her retìm kiếm from studying pet food và raw meat diets in pets from the last trăng tròn years.

Dr. Björkman was studying levels of homocysteine in dogs, which is a marker of inflammation and chronic disease relating khổng lồ diet. Her experiment involved four groups of dogs for six months. The first group consisted of previously raw fed dogs who were switched to lớn dry food for the second half of the study. The second group consisted of dry-fed dogs that were switched to raw food for three months. The third & fourth groups continued eating their regular food (either dry or raw for the full six-month study).

The research showed that dogs fed raw food who continued to lớn eat raw food had the lowest homocysteine levels, while dogs who ate dry food and continued eating dry food had the highest levels of homocysteine, 10 times more than the raw fed group. Similarly, the dogs raised on raw food và switched to lớn kibble had a fivefold increase in levels of the disease marker in the toàn thân at the completion of the study.

How to lớn Get Your Dog Started on a Raw Diet

Now that you’re well-informed about the advantages of feeding raw, it’s time khổng lồ get started! Here are some steps khổng lồ transition your dog to lớn the B.A.R.F. diet:

If your dog is new to raw food, transition slowly. The complete transition can often be accomplished within a week; however, the key is to go slowly, as you would with any dietary change. Puppies can generally transition over the course of a few days, as they typically have healthier digestive sầu systems than older dogs. The older the dog, the longer you should take to transition to lớn the new raw diet.

To start, we recommend fasting your dog for a half day to lớn a full day prior lớn the first meal to ensure a good appetite, and then feed a little bit to lớn see how he or she handles the fresh food. If all is well, continue replacing a little bit of the original diet with the new raw diet.

Monitor your pet. If your pet experiences loose stools, wait until the stool is firm to continue the transition.

Raw Dog Food Products

You want your pet to lớn enjoy their meals as much as you bởi vì, right? Don’t worry—Raw Bistro"s B.A.R.F.-friendly products are made from recipes designed khổng lồ both fuel & delight your dog.