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    Question Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    Because I always want to do the best for my dog Kaylee, a beautiful white boxer, I've begun researching the raw food diet, or 'BARF' as it's called. (BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food)

    Has anyone here had any experience and/or insight into this kind of diet? Any input, advice, hints etc. would be most welcome.

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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    Here's a link to an earlier thread:
    http://www.forumgarden.com/forums/sh...highlight=barf


    I've never done it. I think it is a huge commitment in time, work, freezer
    space. And as far as I know, the jury is still out on a lot of aspects of
    the diet, such as tooth wear, and parasites. There are people who swear
    by it as the most natural way for your pet to eat.

    Keep researching.

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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    I fed my rottweiler girl raw for about a year. It was a great help in controlling her weight, she had a fabulous coat and a ton of energy. Val is right though, it takes a lot of time, space and research. Not to mention that your tub looks like the scene of a particularly hideous crime when you thaw out a case of beef hearts!

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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    Thanks for the link Val. I did do a thread search, quite a few pages came up and I just didnt have the time to go thru them all. LD, did you stop feeding your rotti the barf diet because of the time factor?

    I'm still in the beginning stages of research, I didnt realize one had to prepare the food, I thought it came in frozen patties. I'm still leery about the idea of the dog eating bones, even though I know they are supposed to be soft. Back to googling I guess....lol. I do have my boxer on a quality kibble, California Natural, and she is doing very well on it.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    Coffee, out of curiosity, why do you want to change your dogs diet if she's doing well on the kibble she's on now?
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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    Quote Originally Posted by BabyRider
    Coffee, out of curiosity, why do you want to change your dogs diet if she's doing well on the kibble she's on now?
    Hmmmm, well I've asked myself that question as well.....lol There was some discussion about the 'barf' diet in another discussion forum I belong to, and it just piqued my interest, so I started researching it. There is a lot of info out there, but I would like to hear from people who have actually used it or have experience with it.

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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    I have only read a little about it, and don't know anyone personally who uses it, but it seems to me that changing your dog's perfectly good diet is more a "trendy" thing to do than a health issue. Frankly, with the good commercial dog food available I have no idea why someone would go to the lengths and trouble that this diet requires. Strikes me as a fad, and one that won't last long.
    The last vet clinic I worked in, (I was a tech for several years) neither doctor there would advocate this diet.
    Like Val said, keep researching. You may teach us all something new!!
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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    You know, California Natural is good stuff.

    If you want to get really close to BARF, without all the mess and work,
    you can try Innova Evo.

    Something I forgot to mention, too, is you have to have a fairly strong
    stomach to feed BARF. It involves a lot of bloody mess. Some even go
    so far as to get road kill, or have hunters bring them parts of their
    kills they don't want or won't eat.
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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

    Coffe, came across this and thought it might be helpful:

    http://www.secondchanceranch.org/tra...eat/index.html

    More if I track it down...
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    Re: Raw Food Diet, or 'BARF'

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    Quote Originally Posted by valerie
    Coffe, came across this and thought it might be helpful:

    http://www.secondchanceranch.org/tra...eat/index.html

    More if I track it down...
    Val thanks for that. In the past I thought it ok to give a dog the occasional bone from the butchers as a treat, as well as giving the dog teeth a good work out. Our old Sam never took to bones (gave him diahreah) so we never did. We live and learn

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