Perfectly Rawsome wants to help your dog live a happier and healthier life through a raw diet. Whether you have been preparing raw meals for your pet before now or new to raw feeding, you will find information on how a raw feeding diet works and what types of foods it includes.
There are several things to take into consideration when choosing a raw diet for your dog. First, you need to be familiar with the two main raw feeding models: Prey Model Raw (PMR) and Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF).
A raw diet following PMR guidelines includes 80% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organs. Diet guidelines can be achieved through whole prey and Frankenprey feeding methods.
Whole prey is a whole, intact, prey animal with fur or feathers and the includes all internal organs, bones, blood, and glands. Frankenprey is the assembly of different animal sources to complete the PMR feeding guidelines.
A raw diet following BARF guidelines includes 70% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ, and 10% plant ingredients. Diet guidelines can be achieved by using different animal sources and produce to complete the BARF feeding guidelines.
A hybrid raw diet encompasses both PMR and BARF feeding guidelines which is based on the premise that balance can be achieved over time. One meal can follow PMR guidelines and the next meal follows BARF guidelines to complete the recommended allowances for essential nutrients.
Balance over time is not recommended when feeding puppies due to their inability to store and regulate nutrients like an adult dog. Puppies require daily nutritional balance to support healthy growth and development.
Identifying if you should feed PMR and BARF depends on your dog’s individual needs. Canines are facultative carnivores where their nutrient requirements are fulfilled by animal based foods. However, dogs can absorb and utilize nutrients from plant based foods when prepared to allow for optimal digestion.
Both PMR and BARF model diets are suitable for dogs. However, a PMR diet can be lacking in specific essential nutrients that are easily provided through vegetables, seeds, and fruit found within a BARF diet. Deficient nutrients in PMR style diets can be fulfilled with supplements, but it is recommended to utilize whole foods to include these nutrients. If whole prey is not frequently fed, a BARF model diet or a hybrid raw diet is recommended.