FAQ's

Why are Doctor B's BARF Products based on Chicken Bones?

Why are Doctor B's Products Frozen?

Which 'flavour' BARF patties would best suit my pet?

Can Doctor B's BARF Patties be fed to pets with health problems?

Why aren't Doctor B's BARF Patties made as Single or Pure Protein Foods?

How do I prepare and serve Doctor B’s BARF patties?

How do I switch my pet to Doctor B’s BARF?

Can I get my cat to lose weight using BARF

My cat has been on a dry food diet previously and won’t eat any raw food. Any tips?

 

1. Why are Doctor B's BARF Products based on Chicken Bones?

There are numerous reasons for this, and the following are five of the most important:

  1. By using chicken bones, we are turning a wasted resource into a valuable food for companion animals. This is good for our planet.
  2. Being derived from young healthy birds, they are relatively soft and have not accumulated high levels of any toxins, which is exactly how we want our Raw Meaty Bones to be!
  3. Chicken bones contain a particularly high proportion of bone marrow – which is rich in both blood-forming nutrients and vital essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6).
  4. Chicken bones, in common with all raw bones, are a balanced and biologically appropriate source of the bone-forming minerals, calcium and phosphorus. This is vital to the construction and maintenance of the skeletal system of dogs and cats.
  5. Bones from young chickens are an excellent source of cartilage; cartilage contains both glucosamine and chondroitin which play a vital role in developing and maintaining joint health and as a continuing part of the diet of our companion animals.


2. Why are Doctor B's Products Frozen?

Freezing is the most cost effective way of preserving raw whole food without compromising on quality and without the addition of preservatives. Freezing will kill protozoa (such as Toxoplasma) and multicellular parasites (such as the hydatid tapeworm), and will arrest the growth of many bacteria to increase the safety of the product. You can read more here.
Freezing is also appropriate – at least for dogs, from an evolutionary viewpoint. We know that the dog is a descendant of the wolf and research carried out by the Canadian Mounties during the 1950’s confirmed that wolves in the depths of winter depended upon frozen prey for their survival.
We also know that many dogs prefer their patties in the frozen state, particularly during summer, when they are hot and would like a cold treat to cool them off.
 

3. Which 'flavour' BARF patties would best suit my pet? 

This is perhaps the most commonly asked question. For a healthy adult dog or cat, all flavours are just fine, indeed, mixing and alternating the various flavours is a perfectly acceptable (and recommended!) option, providing a wide variety of protein sources – one of the basic principles of evolutionary nutrition.
Although all flavours are generally suitable for most dogs and cats, there are certain situations where it may prove advantageous to feed one flavour in preference to another. To help you understand this, we suggest you check Which BARF is Best for My Dog?  or each the individual BARF varieties pages, which have more details of each flavour and its benefits.


4. Can Doctor B's BARF Patties be fed to pets with health problems?

In many cases, yes.  Doctor B’s BARF may be just what the doctor ordered. Many owners write, email, phone and tell us that many of their pet’s health problems are markedly reduced or disappear altogether when they feed Doctor B’s BARF.
With some diseases such as diabetes mellitus or pancreatitis, a simple modification to one of the basic formulations (such as the addition of extra crushed raw low GI vegetable material) may be warranted. You should always consult with your own veterinarian for specific advice on your pet’s health and management of any conditions.
 

5. Why aren't Doctor B's BARF Patties made as Single or Pure Protein Foods?

This question, relates once again to a basic principle of Evolutionary Nutrition. Both dogs and cats have evolved under conditions of eating food from a wide variety of protein sources; more often than not, this will occur within a very short period of time. To fully comply with this particular principle, Doctor B’s BARF contains a mix of proteins from different sources.
As a general rule, it is only under the specific requirements of an animal with a protein allergy, that a single protein source becomes appropriate and/or necessary.
 

6. How do I prepare and serve Doctor B’s BARF patties?

Doctor B’s BARF patties are individually sealed in easy-open pouches to make meal times easy. They should be kept frozen until about 12-24 hours before the animal is going to eat it. To thaw, simply remove the patty from its plastic container, place in a (preferably) ceramic container with a lid and defrost in the refrigerator, on the bottom shelf.  Don’t allow it to drip onto any other food, so ensure the container is sealed and upright.  The maximum refrigeration time (in a closed container) prior to serving is 36 hours. Patties should not be frozen again once thawed.
Once thawed, feed to your pet and allow them up to 30 minutes to eat, then any uneaten food should be discarded.

When preparing raw BARF patties, take the usual precautions that you would when handling raw meat for the rest of your family, by using a clean knife, cleaning the counter or any other surfaces or utensils it has come into contact with, and washing your hands with hot soapy water and drying thoroughly immediately after contact.
 

7. How do I switch my pet to Doctor B’s BARF?

Mostly, a Rapid Switch is Simplest and Best.
No skill required. You simply stop feeding the old way and begin feeding Doctor B’s BARF!
The only potential issues are transient tummy upsets (dogs and cats) and acceptance problems, particularly with cats. Gently warming the food (while still in the pouch) in some lukewarm water can help acceptance in cats particularly.

The Slow Switch to Doctor B’s BARF
This method involves gradually feeding less of the old food and more of Doctor B’s BARF over a period of one to two weeks. Any transient gastrointestinal upsets which may occur are more likely with pets on a dry diet and less likely when switching from home-produced foods, both cooked and raw. Feeding a probiotic, such as natural yogurt or a probiotic powder with the new food will enable a smooth transition with fewer tummy upsets.

Tip: It can be helpful to allow your dog a one or two-day fast, prior to switching diets. Dogs can tolerate long fasts, whereas cats, especially overweight cats, should not be fasted longer than 24 hours. This is because cats, particularly fat cats, if fasted for long periods, can develop a fatal disease of the liver called hepatic lipidosis.

Cats can be problematic, especially if they have been fed on a single diet for much of their life, as cats can become ‘neophobic’ to new foods and they often require much perseverance! However, determined owners virtually always succeed.
 

8. Can I get my cat to lose weight using BARF? 

In cases of feline obesity, reduce the amount of food fed, reduce bones and reduce fat, but do not starve the cat. Starvation in cats can lead to a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis which can make cats very ill. You can attempt to reduce the calories further by adding small amounts of low glycaemic index vegetable pulp to the thawed patties – for example, use the pulp from your juicer.  Beware though, that cats may not find this very palatable, and they may not eat this and you may need to desist such that the cat continues to eat.


9. My cat has been on a dry food diet previously and won’t eat any raw food. Any tips?

Firstly, although a short fast can work for dogs to get them to start eating raw food, this should not be attempted in a cat. Starvation in cats can lead to a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis which can make cats very ill.
A tip for fussy feline eaters who don’t won’t take the new food initially is to put the sealed plastic pouch of Doctor B’s BARF for cats into some lukewarm water (at no more than body temperature) for a few minutes before serving, to take the chill off it.  This will mean that there are more delicious aromas to tempt the cat.
Some cats can require much perseverance to make the switch to BARF! However, determined owners virtually always succeed.

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