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The BARF Philosophy

The philosophy behind using BARF, or the hypothesis on which it is based is that the diet a dog evolved to eat - over many millions of years of evolution - is the best way to feed it. This is the hypothesis accepted by most modern zoos or any zoologists concerned with preserving a species of endangered animal.

If you want to feed your dog BARF, it means not feeding your dog cooked and or processed food. That is, not feeding your dog a diet based on cooked grains. Artificial grain-based pet foods may be associated with a number of health problems. They are not what your pet was programmed to eat during its long process of evolution and many pets simply don’t tolerate these diets well.

A biologically appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of raw whole foods similar to those eaten by the dogs' wild ancestors. . The food fed should contain the same balance and type of ingredients as consumed by those wild ancestors, in a similar form to that eaten by the wild ancestors. This food will include such things as raw muscle meat, bone, fat, organ meat and vegetable materials and any other "foods" that mimic what those wild ancestors ate.

Modern dogs of any breed are not only capable of eating the food of their wild ancestors, but many will actually benefit from it in terms of improved health and vitality. This is because their basic physiology has changed very little with domestication, despite obvious and dramatic changes in their current physical appearance and mindset.

The same is true for our modern domestic cats – they too can benefit from a diet similar to that which their wild ancestors consumed.

The BARF diet, being an attempt to mimic the evolutionary diet of dogs and cats, must, from a practical point of view, use food that is available from economically viable local commercial sources. BARF feeders do not have to go hunting or send their pets out to hunt or scavenge for their food. That is why BARF must ‘mimic’, not duplicate the evolutionary diet of dogs. This is an important distinction.

The BARF feeder will MIMIC as closely as possible rather than duplicate the NATURAL diet of their pet. We are not trying to return our dogs or cats to nature. It is virtually impossible to feed any domestic animal its natural diet, let alone allow it to live under natural conditions. There are grave dangers that go along with the natural diet and natural conditions the wild ancestors of our cats and dogs lived with. They faced lack of shelter, starvation, attack by other predators, and the potential for their prey to turn on them during the hunt. They also lacked the benefits of veterinary intervention: vaccination, antibiotics and preventative measures against external and internal parasites to name just a few. In other words, natural conditions can be deadly! They are not what we want for our much loved pets. What we want for our pets is a diet and an environment that maximizes health. That means a Biologically Appropriate Diet rather than a natural diet, i.e. Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, or BARF.

One controversial aspect of the BARF dog diet is the use of whole, raw, meaty bones as food for our dogs & cats. For most dogs, appropriately selected whole raw meaty bones do not constitute a danger. They simply and easily promote positive good health being a biologically appropriate food for our pets. However, where there is a perceived danger, owners can simply use bones that have been finely ground, such as those in the Dr. B’s BARF formulations.

In the DR. B’s BARF formulations, the raw meaty bones are combined with fresh raw organ meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, yoghurt, kelp and healthy herbs to provide a complete source of nutrition for your pet.

Dr. B’s BARF contains: 

• No added sugar
• No added salt
• No fillers
• No chemicals
• No artificial colourings
• No added preservatives
• No artificial flavourings
• No grains
• No heat processing…

Just fresh raw foods, the way nature intended our pets to eat.