How to begin
The daily ration is generally equivalent to 2 or 3% of the dog’s ideal weight, and to 6 to 10% of the current weight for puppies, depending on their age.
The quantity thus calculated is made up as follows: 10% of offal, 45% of meaty bones, 45% of meat, to which is added a soup spoon of pureed fruit and vegetable for each 10 kg of body weight. These quantities must be adapted accordingly for each animal and its needs in function of its age and its level of activity. It is important to never give cooked bone and/or non-meaty bones, to give only raw food and to eliminate all cereals from your dog’s diet.
The first thing to do, once you have decided to take the step, is to completely stop dry food, 24 hours before giving the first Barf ration (12 hours for a puppy). It is strongly discouraged to mix cooked food and raw food.
There is then a particular method that needs to be followed in order to ensure that the transition to the new diet is as smooth as possible. It will take a certain amount of time for the pH of your dogs’ stomach to adapt to raw food and allow an optimal digestion of raw bones. Furthermore, each different ingredient is added separately, in order to be able to clearly identify the culprit in the case that an intolerance to one particular type of meat occurs.
By using the Babarf starter kits, you can rest assured that the different ingredients are introduced in the correct order. If you wish to carry out the transition by yourself don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail, and we will guide you throughout the introduction process.
Barf should never be mixed with dry dog food. The time needed to digest dry food and raw meat is completely different. In the short term, when the raw meat arrives in the digestive tract with the dry food, its digestion will be slowed down. A longer digestive time will result in the multiplication of pathogens.
It is also important to keep in mind that as well as a short digestive time, the low stomach pH of carnivores is what allows them to eat raw meat with no risk of being contaminated by the different bacteria it contains, and to easily digest raw bones. When dogs are fed on cooked carbohydrate based food (dry dog food), the pH will increase, and this will also be problematic when the dog is once more fed on raw meat and bones.
Absolutely, and even recommended. You must be careful to adapt the weight of the rations and the size of the pieces. Babarf rations are available for all sizes of dogs. You must mention in your order whether it is for a puppy or for an adult, as well as the weight of your dog.
Absolutely, it is in fact the food the most adapted for harmonious growth. The daily quantities to be given to a puppy are proportionally larger than those given to an adult dog. A daily ration generally represents 10% of the pup’s weight at the time of weaning, and must preferably be divided into three meals. These proportions diminish as the animal grows, to arrive at 2 to 3% of its weight at the adult age, taken as one daily meal. Monitor the puppies’ weight gain regularly, and adapt the rations accordingly.
In order to be sure that your puppy has a balanced mix with meaty bones adapted to his size, it is preferable that he has his own dish.
While the puppy is still suckling its mother, it is advisable to give it minced portions so that the transition is progressive.
It is easy to know if a dog is overweight. The hollows of the flanks should be visible, and the last ribs should be prominent. For long haired dogs, you will have to rely on touch. You should be able to easily count the ribs without pressing when you put your hands on each side of the thorax.
Absolutely, it is even recommended.
Health, risks, hygiene
There are no contraindications to giving barf to any dog. The rations simply need to be adapted in case of a particular pathology (renal failure, pancreatic, dental problems etc).
You might want to consider changing vet. More and more vets are pro-BARF feeding.
More and more cases of intolerance to cooked/industrially transformed meat are being reported, as well as allergies related to one animal species. To our knowledge, an allergy to meat protein has never been reported in a carnivore. We strongly recommend that you consult a pro-BARF vet.
For legal reasons, we cannot publish a list of vets here; however we will be happy to give you this information, don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail.
No. You must not mix BARF and dry food. The time needed for the digestion of dry food and raw meat is not the same. In the short term, when the raw meat arrives in the digestive tract with dry food, its digestion will be slowed down. An increased digestion time will bring about a multiplication of pathogenic agents.
It is also important to keep in mind that as well as their rapid digestion, it is the very low pH of their stomach that allows carnivores to eat raw meat without the risk of contamination by the different bacteria that it contains, and to digest raw bones without any problem.
When you give cooked carbohydrate based food (dry food), to a dog, the pH will increase, and this will cause problems when the dog is once more given raw bones.
Nutritional supplements and medication are compatible with BARF. However, in most cases, a balanced BARF diet makes most of these products unnecessary.
First you need to discover what is causing the problem, by elimination. It is advised to start from scratch with the introduction of each ingredient, starting with chicken. If the intolerance continues, cut out the chicken and start again, with a different source of protein, preferably another white meat or poultry. BARF intolerance often reveals an underlying health problem. If it continues, consult a vet.