Why BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) ?

Creation:

Based on BARF Diet (Billinghurst 2001)

Aim:
To provide balanced and whole raw foods, which mimic that of which our companion's wild ancestors would have consumed (Parson 2016)

Focus:

Fresh raw meat and bones, supplemented with vegetables, fruit, and excludes all processed foods and grains.

Selection:

Vegetables, fruits and supplements are selected based on their ability to provide extra nutrition, of which may not be found otherwise in the meat, organ and/or bone.  

 

Vegetables provide minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds, including fibre, which is particularly important to those following a BARF diet as we are not feeding the full prey with fur/hair (Brown 2010).

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR SOME OF OUR INGREDIENTS

Pumpkin / Sweet Potato Puree

 

Provides antioxidants that protect the eyes

 

Contains Vitamin E which assists in muscular health, nerve function, metabolising fat and hormone production

 

Excellent source of potassium, Vitamin B and beta-carotene, sources of antioxidant agents which provide natural protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents)

Chicken Drumette

Contains Calcium - the most abundant mineral in our best buddies' bodies, important for strong teeth and bones, conduction of nerve impulses, blood coagulation and muscular contraction

Phosphorus can also be found, and of which is just as important, assists in nerve impulses, maintaining the pH balance in the blood,  assisting in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy

Bok Choy

Contains boron - another brain nutrient

Chicken Hearts

Contains amino acids, specifically large amounts of taurine, which is crucial for healthy heart and eyes

Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries)

Low calorie, high fibre

 

Packed with folate, vitamins A and C, potassium 

Provides nutrients that are important for proper brain development

 

Lamb Liver

 

Good source of trace minerals - including copper, iron, manganese, iodine, zinc, reliable source of vitamin D 

 

Copper is essential for healthy bone, connective tissue and also for the formation of blood and pigment in hair

REFERENCES & SOURCES

  • Parsons, M 2016, Pets Go RAW! The DIY Guide to a Complete Raw Diet, Blurb, Canada.

  • Billinghurst, I 2001, The BARF Diet, Restoring Animal Wellness, Warrigal Publishing, Australia. 

  • Roberts, G 2014, Raw Food Diets for Dogs, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States.

  • Brown, S 2010, Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, Dogwise Publishing, United States.

  • Chen, Y, Wallig, M, and Jeffrey, E 2016, 'Dietary Broccoli Lessens Development of Fatty Liver and Liver Cancer in Mice Given Diethylnitrosamine and Fed a Western or Control Diet', The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 146, no. 3, pp. 542 - 500.

  • Woodford, R 2012, Feed Your Best Friend Better, Andrews McMeel Publishing, United States.

  • Martinez, G 2016, The Dog Diet Answer Book, Quarto Publishing Group, United States.

Broccoli 

 

Contains Manganese, which assists in the metabolising of fat, carbohydrates, growth, reproduction and also formation of bone 

Shown properties that have proven to be anti-cancer/ fight liver cancer and disease