The BARF Philosophy

The philosophy behind feeding BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) is that this is the diet which dogs and cats evolved to eat - over many thousands of years of evolution – and it is the best way to feed domestic pets today. This is the hypothesis accepted by most modern zoos or any zoologists concerned with preserving a species of endangered animals.

But it is not the theory endorsed by many commercial pet food companies or, unfortunately, many veterinarians, so it can be a fairly contentious topic.

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

Mimic, not duplicate – this is an important distinction. We are not trying to return pets to nature. It is not practical to feed any domestic animal its truly natural diet, nor would we want to allow our pets to live under truly ‘natural’ (and potentially dangerous!) conditions… and no access to veterinary care when needed.  What we do want for pets is a diet and an environment that maximizes their health and wellbeing.

Modern dogs and cats of any breed, size and age – from Chihuahuas to Great Danes to all the cross-breeds in between, as well as cats from Ragdolls to Siamese to the family moggy - are not only capable of eating foods similar to those of their wild ancestors, but most will benefit greatly from it in terms of their health and wellbeing. This is because their basic physiology has changed very little with domestication despite obvious and dramatic changes in their current physical appearance, lifestyle and mindset.

Dr. B conducted years of research and trials to determine the ideal composition of healthy raw foods which should be included in a BARF diet for a dog or cat - then launched these diets pre-made on a commercial scale.  He made a few minor modifications along the way to create the Doctor B’s BARF food as it is today.

Following is a modified version of Doctor B’s healthy food pyR.A.W.mid, which forms the basis of our BARF diets for dogs and cats: 

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Biology makes pets instinctively crave a BARF diet and Doctor B’s BARF will truly nourish them in the way which nature intended, for supreme health and wellbeing.

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