The ultimate BARF guide for dog owners!
What is BARF?
BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It’s a method of feeding raw meat and vegetables to your dog or cat.
There are many benefits to feeding your dog or cat raw food.
BARF feeding for example improves digestion and strengthens the immune system. It will support shinier and healthier coat and promotes fresher breath and whiter teeth.
BARF Guide for Dogs:
First you need to calculate your dog's daily needs.
For a 20kg dog the daily requirement is 400g of raw feed.
For a healthy and balanced diet you want 80% of the meal to consist of meat (in this example: 320g) and 20% fruit and vegetables (here: 80g).
You want to offer a variety of meat. We would suggest giving about 20% fleshy bones (60g), 10% offal (40g) and 70% full-bodied muscle meat (220g). The vegetable content is divided into 70% vegetables (60g) and 30% fruit (20g).
If your dog does not have any bones in his BARF meal, you need to add a calcium preparation, for example our Ground Beef Bones Supplement. If your dog has an allergy to meat, you can alternatively use our Ground Seaweed.
The fruit and vegetables can be added either fresh or mashed. You can replace this component with our AniForte Barf Line Fruits and Vegetables flakes, available in different mixtures and are very easy to use.
Add a little oil and any necessary supplements to your dog's daily bowl. We recommend the AniForte Omega 3 Salmon Oil as it’s well suited to adding variety. Another great option is the AniForte BARF Line Premium feed oil.
Other supplements should be individually tailored to the needs of your furry friend. For example, add Green Lipped Mussel Powder to help with joint problems.
The final menu for your dog should resemble something along these lines, depending on their size:
- 220g piece of beef
- 60g chicken leg (or alternatively 13g AniForte Meat & Bone Meal and 260g beef)
- 20g beef liver
- 20g tripe
- 60g courgette mash
- 20g apple mash
- 10ml AniForte Salmon Oil
It is important to offer your dog variety in their diet. You'll need to feed different kinds of meat and fish to avoid nutritional deficiencies. To make this easier for you, it's perfectly acceptable to keep meat or fish frozen. To defrost, simply set the pre-portioned packet open in a bowl in the refrigerator.
Your AniForte team