BARF is an alternative raw diet, designed to provide family dogs with a modified homemade diet that consists of raw meat and bones as well as vegetables and fruit while eliminating all processed foods and grains. A complete BARF diet for dogs consists of 70% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ, and 10% veggies/fruit.
It is important to know vegetables and fruit are not a necessity when it comes to feeding a carnivore a balanced diet. A carnivore does not have the essential tools to properly breakdown and digest plant matter like humans do. Dogs do not have the correct teeth, jaw structure, and saliva enzymes to begin the digestion process in the mouth so you must provide vegetables in fruit in optimally prepared methods to ensure nutrition absorption.
Wild dogs and wolves have been documented to eat plant based items but the amount is 5 – 8% and less than the overall diet. If you choose to allow plant based items in your dog’s diet, the maximum your dog should receive is 10% (7% should be veggies and 3% should be fruits).
BARF Model Feeding
Some raw feeders make a personal choice to feed vegetables and fruit in their dog’s diet. However these items should never become a large portion of your dog’s diet. When feeding vegetables and fruit it is important to select the appropriate items for feeding as well as prepare them for optimal nutrition absorption.
Dog’s do not have the teeth, jaw structure, or salivary enzymes to begin the digestion process in the mouth. If you choose to add veggies and fruit into the diet be sure to provide them pureed, steamed, or fermented to ensure nutrient absorption.
It is optimal to feed whole cuts and/or whole prey to your dog to provide teeth cleaning benefits and endorphin release. Feeding grinds does not provide teeth cleaning benefits.