Pretty much everyone has felt frustrated after believing they were feeding their dog a healthy & nutritious diet for them to get sick. And once your dog is sick, they’re often unable to keep anything down.
This article explores the benefits of following a raw barf dog food diet and discusses how beneficial raw foods can be for our canine friends.
What is Raw Barf Dog Food?
Raw Barf Dog Food is just as the name says: it’s the diet that consists of raw food for dogs. It’s also a raw diet – uncooked, unprocessed and based on living enzymes.
It’s a natural way to feed a dog because it’s all about fresh meaty bones and real, whole food. The majority of other types of canines are carnivores rather than omnivores which means that they need actual flesh to survive.
Why Feed a Raw Barf Dog Food Diet?
While it is possible to enjoy good health with any food, dogs are obligate carnivores, meaning they require high amounts of animal protein in order to thrive. Homemade raw diets might be troublesome for the average person to achieve for their dog, involving many dietary considerations and difficult meal preparations.
A complete ready-made raw barf diet for your dog solves this problem by providing a wide range of fresh meat, offal, vegetables and tripe for your dog that will meet all their dietary needs.
Types of Raw Dogs
When people talk about raw dog food, they are usually referring to two different preparations of raw diet. One is what is known as BARF when the raw food for dogs has been ground into bite-sized chunks.
The other is when the raw meat has not been processed into a mince before it goes in the dog’s bowl, this mince is formulated to be nutritionally complete and balanced in most cases, includes some vegetables, offal and sometimes tripe.
Some people prefer one over the other because it comes down to personal preference, but experts say that either type of diet will provide your pet with all of the nutrients it needs to grow and thrive, so you can’t really go wrong.
Benefits of a Raw Diet
Dogs have a short digestive tract, hours as opposed to ours which can be anywhere from three to ten hours with food.
A raw food diet gives your dog the best of both worlds – they get to enjoy their natural evolutionary diet with its complete range of vital nutrients and they also digest it quickly due to the lack of cooking which creates natural enzymes. Commercial dry foods provide a very incomplete range of nutrients which take a longer wait time before being absorbed
Making a Transition to a Raw Diet
When transitioning your dog from either a wet cooked diet or a dry kibble based meal, people typically choose from one of two methods.
Generally at Dogfoods4u we recommend the Rapid Switch, because whilst this may have side effects such as constipation, these are generally short lived and many dogs switch without any issue whatsoever.
We prefer this method which is suitable for most puppies, young and healthy dogs which can be switched overnight with this method. Basically this means yesterday you fed your dog kibble or cooked wet food and today you begin feeding them their new raw dog food.
This method is preferred by many dog owners and involves switching your dogs diet over a period of approximately 7 days.
Dogs needs anywhere from 3 days to two weeks to make the full change run their diet, depending on their age, weight and level of activity.
You would need to start this transition by slowly adding one meal of their new raw diet alongside a meal of their usual dog food. These meals should be kept as separate servings as they are processed by your dogs body at different rates, for this main reason we are generally opposed to this method.
With this method you would gradually increase the amount of raw dog food until your pet’s diet is 100% raw food. If you notice loose stools when your dog goes to the toilet early in the process, simply cut back on the amount of raw food being fed before increasing this at a more gradual rate for them.
The desired transition will see your dog’s stools showing a consistency of firm whilst being small, which is as the result of better nutrition absorption.