BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Diet) is an alternative raw diet designed to provide 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% vegetables and fruit.
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 amount your dog should receive is 10% (7% should be veggies and 3% should be fruits).
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.