In 1993, Australian veterinarian, Ian Billinghurst, suggested that feed a raw food diet to dogs was healthier than a grain-based diet. He called it the BARF diet, which stands for Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. He states that a raw diet is what dogs thrived on before they were domesticated animals: Raw, meaty bones and vegetable scraps.
A raw dog food diet typically consists of:
- Muscle meat – usually still on the bone
- Bone – either whole or ground
- Organ meats – liver, kidneys, lungs etc.
- Raw eggs
- Vegetables – celery, spinach and broccoli
- Apples and other fruit
- Some dairy
Benefits of feeding your dog a raw food diet
Over 50% of all dogs have periodontal disease. Most of them will require treatment for the disease by the age of 3. Periodontal disease is the cause behind your dog having bad breath or “dog breath”. Their breath should not smell. Periodontal disease can cause the dog to have other problems because of the bacteria that is always present inside their mouths. By feeding your dog a raw food diet, the meaty bones that the dog chews through, will scrape the plaque off of their teeth and also helps the gums with increased circulation.
A dog has a very short, acidic digestive system. Their digestive system is designed to digest the food they eat quickly and effectively. That is why feeding them a raw food diet is beneficial. Just like their relative, the wolf, the digestive system is designed to handle raw food instead of grains. When the dog is fed grains, the digestive system is forced to do things that it is not designed to do. A dog does not require grains in its diet. Their digestive system does not produce the enzyme amylase that is needed to break down grain. The pancreas is forced to work harder to break down the grain. Feeding them a raw diet means that their digestive system will work in sync and not become worn out.
Dogs that are fed a raw food diet also have smaller bowel movements. The bowel movements are also a chalky consistency, meaning that they will return to the Earth faster than the bowel movements from a dog that are fed grains.
The coat of the dog will be beautiful and shiny. This is attributed to the high nutrient value and the essential fatty acids that are found in the raw food diet. Your dog will also have less of a “dog smell”. Dogs, like people can, have allergies. Many times the dog is sensitive to the ingredients that are found in most commercial dog foods. Many of them will suffer from extreme itching and may even loose parts of their fur.
Arthritis and bone disease, in dogs, is very common. Some of the time these are caused by genetics. However, it is also caused by diet. Diets that are low in fatty acids and high in carbohydrates can lead to increased inflammation and make arthritis symptoms worse. Raw food diets consist of omega fatty acids and essential fatty acids that are proven to decrease inflammation and ease the dogs suffering.
The cost of feeding your dog a raw diet will vary with the ingredients that are used. If you are using a commercially made raw food, 30-pounds of food can range in cost per day from $2.50-$5.00.
Here is a list of some of the raw dog food suppliers:
Raw Dog Food Supplier #1 – My Pet Carnivore Food Inc.
1402 Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
This company is committed to the fact that dogs are carnivores and should be fed what their bodies were designed to eat.
Raw Dog Food Supplier #2 – Wild at Heart Raw Pet Food Delivery
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
They offer a range of dog food including meals, organ meat, veggies, supplements, bones and treats.
Raw Dog Food Supplier #3- Phillips Pet Food & Supplies
3747 Hecktown Rd
Easton, PA 18045
A premier pet food and pet supply distributor. They service markets all across the country.