Feeding Guide for Dogs

Because Doctor B’s BARF patties for dogs are formulated according to the principles of Evolutionary Nutrition, they may be fed as the whole diet; ideally, they can be combined with varying proportions of raw meaty bones, with or without the addition of other whole raw healthy foods, such as vegetables and fruit.

Important: To avoid over-feeding (and obesity) when feeding Doctor B’s BARF together with other healthy foods, reduce patties proportionally to the amount of other foods included in the diet. The following guides use Doctor B’s BARF patties for dogs as the whole diet.

A rough ‘rule of thumb’ of how many Doctor B’s BARF patties to feed per day is to work it out is as a percentage of bodyweight (although it may vary a little with the energy content of the BARF patty).

  • Healthy adult dogs, or older dogs which are not exercising: feed approx. 2-3% of bodyweight daily, divided into 2 meals. 
    • Dogs on a weight loss program: reduce feeding level by up to 20-30%, depending on the amount of weight to be lost and overall regime. 
  • Active healthy young adult dogs which exercise daily (but not excessively): feed approx. 3-4% of bodyweight daily, divided into 2 meals.
  • Working, racing or highly active dogs: feed approx. 3-6% of bodyweight daily. Food with a higher fat content to increase the energy supply (e.g. Doctor B’s BARF high energy patties) is ideal.  Reduce feeding level when not active or working.
  • Small to medium breed puppies: feed 3-6% of bodyweight daily, divided into 3-4 small meals. Adjust based on activity level. Reduce as they reach adulthood.
  • Large to giant breed puppies: feed 2-4% of bodyweight per day, divided into 3-4 meals. Ensure these puppies grow slowly, so moderate, or even some reduced energy patties may be suitable. If high energy patties are desired to be fed, add extra vegetable pulp (from a juicer) and reduce patties to make the dog feel fuller and reduce energy density of the food.
  • Pregnant females: feed approx. 2-4% of bodyweight (depending on activity level) for the first ⅔ of pregnancy, divided into 2 meals. For the last ⅓ of pregnancy, increase to 3-5% of bodyweight daily, divided into 2-4 meals.
  • Lactating females: feed approx. 3-6% of bodyweight daily, up to free choice, depending on litter size and age of the pups. Divide into as many meals as required up to free choice.

Doctor B’s BARF patties for dogs are divided into three ‘energy’ contents: high, moderate and reduced energy.  Feeding guides for each flavour by weight, life stage and activity level are in the links which follow. Note that these are guides only. Always adjust the amount you feed your dog to maintain the desired body weight and condition.

HIGH ENERGY: Chicken, Lamb and Beef Recipes
MODERATE ENERGY: Combo Recipe
REDUCED ENERGY: KANGAROO and LITE RECIPES
Which BARF is best for my dog?
 

High Energy: Chicken, Lamb and Beef Recipes

 

High Energy patties include our Chicken, Lamb and Beef Recipes.

  • These are most suitable for active working dogs, during late pregnancy or lactation or for small breed growing puppies.
  • They are also suitable for normally active adult dogs, but the amount fed may need to be reduced to prevent the dog gaining weight.
  • These should be fed with care to large breed growing puppies, to prevent them ingesting too much energy from eating these, resulting in rapid growth and skeletal problems.
  • These are not recommended for overweight dogs, needing to lose weight, or for older, less active animals.

This may be divided into 2 meals and the quantity reduced if fed as only part of the entire diet. Every animal is an individual and this is a guide only: adjust the feeding level to maintain desired body condition. Always ensure plenty of fresh, clean water is available for your pet.
Note that the exact nutritional analysis for each BARF recipe will vary slightly with seasonal changes. This may cause differences in colour and consistency.  Such variations are normal and serve to enhance health in accordance with the Evolutionary Principles of Nutrition. There is no need to adjust the feeding level to adjust for these changes.

 

Moderate Energy: Combo Recipe

  
The Moderate Energy patties include our Combo Recipe.
  • These patties are most suitable for normally active adult dogs and growing large breed dogs.
  • The patties can be fed to highly active working dogs, during late pregnancy or lactation or for small breed growing puppies, but the amount fed may need to be increased to provide the dog with sufficient energy to meet its nutritional needs. The high energy patties are preferable for these groups of dogs.
  • These patties are not ideal for overweight dogs, needing to lose weight. In these cases, patties in the reduced energy group would be preferable. If moderate energy patties are fed, the amount fed will need to be reduced to reduce calorie intake.

This may be divided into 2 meals and the quantity reduced if fed as only part of the entire diet. Every animal is an individual and this is a guide only: adjust the feeding level to maintain desired body condition. Always ensure plenty of fresh, clean water is available for your pet.

Note that the exact nutritional analysis for each BARF recipe will vary slightly with seasonal changes. This may cause differences in colour and consistency.  Such variations are normal and serve to enhance health in accordance with the Evolutionary Principles of Nutrition. There is no need to adjust the feeding level to adjust for these changes.

 

Reduced Energy: Kangaroo and Lite Recipes

  
The Reduced Energy patties include our Kangaroo and Lite Recipes.
  • These flavours are most suitable for older or less active dogs, as well as overweight dogs needing to lose weight.
  • These are also suitable for normally active adult dogs, with a slightly increased feeding amount required to meet their energy requirements.
  • The Lite Recipe is unsuitable for growing puppies, or for females during late pregnancy or lactation, as it has a reduced calcium and phosphorus content, which is not sufficient to meet their nutritional needs. High energy patties are preferable for these animals.
  • The Kangaroo Recipe is not ideal for, but may be fed to large or giant breed growing puppies, but the amount fed will to be increased to provide the dog with sufficient energy to meet its nutritional needs. Moderate energy patties are preferable for these animals.
  • These are not ideal for highly active working dogs. The amount fed will need to be increased to provide the dog with sufficient energy to meet its nutritional needs, or other high energy foods included in the diet. High energy patties are preferable for these animals.

This may be divided into 2 meals and the quantity reduced if fed as only part of the entire diet. Every animal is an individual and this is a guide only: adjust the feeding level to maintain desired body condition. Always ensure plenty of fresh, clean water is available for your pet.

Note that the exact nutritional analysis for each BARF recipe will vary slightly with seasonal changes. This may cause differences in colour and consistency. Such variations are normal and serve to enhance health in accordance with the Evolutionary Principles of Nutrition. There is no need to adjust the feeding level to adjust for these changes.

 

Which BARF is Best for My Dog?

  

Doctor B’s BARF comes in six ‘Recipes’ (or flavours or varieties) for dogs, including Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Kangaroo, Combo and Lite Recipes.

For a healthy adult dog, all of these are just fine, indeed, mixing and alternating the various Recipes is a perfectly acceptable (and recommended!) option. The wide range of flavours allows pet carers to rotate their pet through a wide range of different primary protein types; this helps to fulfil the evolutionary principle of providing balance through a wide range of raw protein-sources.

In certain life stages and health conditions, you may wish to select one flavour over another.  The table at the top of the page provides a general guide. For dogs with health issues – e.g. Kidney Disease, Pancreatitis, Diabetes Mellitus or Obesity, these dogs usually require extra vegetable material, sometimes with less fat; in the latter case, combine a reduced amount of Doctor B’s Lite Recipe patties with raw pulped low glycaemic index vegetable material.

The phosphorus and protein levels in the Lite Recipe are reduced compared with the other flavours to make this more suitable for dogs with kidney disease.

 

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