Some ideas on what to feed on a BARF Diet
There are many websites dealing with raw feeding, and most advocate a gradual change over from the old diet to the new. Some people feed a mixture of raw and commercial food, and raw pet food is now available from us at Safe & Hound as well as from several on line sources. Of course it is perfectly possible to make your own raw food for your pet, although making sure all the required vitamins and minerals are present can be a worry for some owners.
Essentially as no dogs are exactly the same, whether it be breed, activity level, size, weight or age, it is impossible to determine an exact amount to feed any singular dog. The most important thing to remember is; a lean dog will be healthier than a stocky dog, especially over time.
An average dog which is fairly active would normally eat 2% of their body weight per day. The following is one person’s way of feeding a BARF diet; note a cat wouldn’t need the veggies!
I feed my dog approximately 50% of his daily allowance of food, as BARF for his breakfast; then approximately 50% of his daily allowance of food, as chicken wings, necks or a whole carcass for his evening meal (around 6pm); and small marrowbones as a treat from time to time.
The BARF diet is made up in batches and then frozen. ALL ingredients below are added in raw form. DO NOT COOK any ingredients. All ingredients are blended together using a hand blender and mixed thoroughly, then frozen immediately after mixing to ensure its freshness is kept. Simply take out the freezer the night before; the required amount for the next morning and leave at room temperature overnight.
Fruit & Vegetables
Approximately 3 lbs. vegetables plus 3 lbs. fruit (all raw; do not steam or cook). A small amount of lots of different types of fruit & vegetables is best
Allowed vegetables: Brocilli, cabbage, cauliflour, carrots, red peppers, sprouts, beans, etc.
Allowed fruit: Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apricots, oranges, satsumas, clementines, apples, bananas, tomatoes, etc.
NOT allowed fruit & vegetables: Mushrooms, onions, garlic, grapes, sultanas, raisins
Make sure to blend them up properly using a food processor or hand blender, as many dogs cannot digest whole fruit and vegetables but can easily digest when a pulp.
Meat & Bones
Each pack of minced meat below are purchased from ‘Landywoods Pet Foods’ and are used in 454g packs. Don’t forget; DO NOT COOK THE MEAT!
Added Vitamins & Minerals