Did you know The "BARF" diet, an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones And Raw Food. For a natural diet, cooking the meat or offal is not necessary, this would only ensure the loss of valuable ingredients.
Wiki: Raw feeding is the practice of feeding domestic dogs, cats and other animals a diet primarily of uncooked meat, edible bones, and organs. Supporters of raw feeding believe that the natural diet of raw meat, bones, and organs is nutritionally superior to cooked meat and commercial pet food. They argue that a careful plan of a raw diet gives the animal numerous health benefits, including a healthier coat and cleaner teeth and elimination of bad breath. Critics of raw feeding assert that the risk of nutritional imbalance, intestinal perforations and foodborne illnesses posed by the handling and feeding of raw meat and bones outweigh any benefits. The assertion that raw feeding is inherently better because it is natural has also been
Objection to commercial pet food: There are numerous arguments over the health effects of feeding commercial pet foods, and many raw feeding pet owners claim to have noticed a significant increase in overall health after switching to a raw food diet. Because commercial pet foods are intended to be the primary or exclusive element of a pet's diet, manufacturers enrich their product by supplementing the food with recommended levels of vitamins and mineral. As the heat used to process commercial pet foods may reduce the level of naturally occurring nutrients, critics question the actual nutritional value of commercial foods. Critics argue that there may be elements to pet nutrition are yet to be discovered or well recognized enough to be supplemented. There is also skepticism over the efficacy of supplements vs the natural absorption of naturally occurring nutrients. The same rationale is used by some to reject supplemented home cooked pet food. A study involving rats has suggested that the digestibility of the amino acids in cat food is altered during heat processing. Commercial pet foods, dry foods in particular, often contain a large amount of grains, which proponents of grain-free food feel are inappropriate for dogs and cats. Because cats are obligate carnivores, it is believed that a switch to a predominantly meat based raw diet would be especially beneficial (as compared to a raw diet for dogs) due to cats' relative inability to digest grains. Studies comparing the source of protein in dry cat food concluded that the digestibility of meat-based protein is superior to corn-based protein. Veterinary surgeon and raw feeding proponent Tom Lonsdale states that food from dry or canned commercial kibble sticks to teeth and enables bacteria to proliferate, causing "sore gums, bad breath and bacterial poisons that affect the rest of the body". Lonsdale further states that dogs lack the necessary enzymes to digest grains and plant material and claims that grains cooked at high temperature can cause starch, proteins and fats to become "denatured or toxic in variable degrees." The poorly digested grain is said to support toxin-producing bacteria in the lower bowel which may eventually lead to "poisons pass[ing] through the bowel wall into blood circulation" creating further problems in other organs.
Objection to cooked meat in general: Raw feeding aims to mimic the diet that an animal in the wild would consume Raw food proponent Dr Ian Billinghurst (owner of the registered trademark 'Barf Diet' and the BARF World Distributor Network) argues in his books that the dog has evolved over many million years on a natural raw diet and logically, this is the ideal food source. He claims that processed foods are "not what the dog was programmed to eat during its long process of evolution" and says that foods similar to those eaten by the dog's wild ancestors are more biologically appropriate. Proponents have also pointed at the practices of some modern zoos which feed their captive carnivores raw meat and bones or whole carcasses. The curator of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary has said that "Common sense suggests that there is no more nutritious food we can offer to a carnivore than the entire carcass of their natural prey type." While raw feeding is generally well accepted in European zoos, it is a controversial topic within American zoos. Concerns are similar to those expressed by opponents of raw feeding and includes dental impactions, airway obstructions, intestinal perforations, food contamination and social aggression. Benefits include better oral health, mental stimulation through processing of carcass (see Behavioral enrichment) and higher activity level. Critics have pointed out the flaws in associating "natural" with better and Billinghurst himself warns against that stating "There are grave dangers that go along with the natural diet and natural conditions the ancestors or wild cousins of our dogs live with."Katie Merwick, who runs an animal rescue sanctuary cautions against "making a fetish out of what animals eat in the wild"
What benefits are there to feeding the natural way?
- It can help reduce bad breath and nasty odours from your dog.
- The meat supplies natural minerals keeping your pet healthy inside and out.
- Your dog's teeth, tongue and gums will be healthier; reducing bad breath and tarter
- Your dog's immune system will naturally be stronger.
- Feeding raw helps reduce vet bills.
- Its economical to feed.
- You can feed it to puppies; it gives them the best start in life.
- It helps to keep your pet’s weight stable, preventing obesity and arthritis.
- It can help on-going problems with your pet’s bowel and skin problems.
- Your dog's feces will be smaller, easier to pick up, less sloppy, and with much less odour.
- Your dog will have healthy skin; and a healthy, shiny coat with reduced chance of skin conditions.
BARF Feeding GuidelinesThe following guidelines and quantities are calculated as a guide for the average healthy dogs with moderate activity per day. As with humans, individual circumstances and needs may require changes to these guidelines.
Feeding Quantities: Overall daily food should be between 2% and 3% of bodyweight. 2% would perhaps be for a dog with low exercise or overweight. 3%+ would be for a dog with high exercise daily, perhaps sports dogs and also puppies. Somewhere around 2.5% suits most average adult dogs. Large breeds have slower metabolisms so they tend to need the lower % and small breeds have a high metabolism so often need far more than 3% even.
Size of Pieces: The size of the pieces should always be appropriate to the size of the dog and the bigger the better! for example, don't feed a Great Dane as they will swallow it whole because it is so small, these types of bones are only really suitable for small breeds.
How to prepare the meals: For best results, simply soak the frozen packs in their wrapping in hot or boiling water for 10 minutes before serving. Food should be room temperature, never frozen.
Ratios: Remember the roughly 80:10:10 ratio - which is approx 70-80% muscle meat (can be oily fish), 10-20% bone (within some of that meat), 10% offal. On top of this, many feed a couple of eggs a week either raw or cooked (we prefer cooked).
We buy our meat from online raw food suppliers which is from animals for human consumption and this usually comes frozen in around 454g vacuum packed bags from most suppliers. There is no need to do anything with the main frozen meat apart from defrost on the day you feed your dogs.
We purchase our offal/liver from local organic butchers who charge very very little for this as it is surplus to their requirements. This part of their diet comes fresh and unfrozen and needs a slight amount of preparation.
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