The History of Doctor B's BARF

Doctor B’s BARF is no ordinary pet food: it is based on Evolutionary Principles; pet food which dogs’ & cats’ genomes demand if they are to become and remain truly healthy: Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. So how did this highly nutritious raw frozen pet food come into being?

It all started with highly passionate veterinarian and animal nutritionist, Dr. Ian Billinghurst BVSc BScAgr.  Ian’s veterinary training taught him that a diet based on raw meaty bones and household scraps wasn’t the best way to feed pet cats and dogs; instead commercial pet food was the ultimate in pet nutrition.

Ian diligently switched from feeding mixed raw foods to the very best commercial pet food brands, and looked forward to fantastic results. But instead, his own animals began, for the first time ever, to develop health problems. He returned to feeding raw meaty bones and vegetable scraps and witnessed an incredible transformation: his pet’s health was ‘restored’.

Ian delved further into pet and human nutrition to gain a more holistic appreciation of the topic at a fundamental and practical level, inspired by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, Pat Lazarus, Dr's Pitcairn and Belfield. He discerned that raw meaty bones and vegetable scraps were very close to the evolutionary diet of cats and dogs. No cooking or processing. No adulteration with chemicals. No cooked grains. The evolutionary approach to nutrition was obvious, common sense and good science.

Ian authored three books on the Principles of Evolutionary Nutrition, so other pets’ health could benefit from BARF. But he realised that for many people, correctly preparing Biologically Appropriate Raw Food for their pets at home, was difficult, in terms of correct ingredient balance and the time required to do so.   

So Ian and his wife Roslyn launched a range of commercial BARF diets for dogs and cats. After much searching and trial and error, they found a co-manufacturing partner that were able to produce Doctor B’s BARF recipes to their very exacting standards: the Real Pet Food Company.

After a happy and successful working relationship over several years, Ian sold Doctor B’s BARF brand to the Real Pet Food Company, safe in the knowledge that the brand would continue to be true to his vision of improving animal health through the power of Evolutionary Nutrition.

The Real Pet Food Company are committed to ensuring dogs and cats have access to the food that nature intended them to eat: BARF.

Feed their true nature with Doctor B’s BARF.

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