Frequently asked questions

Q: Dogs can't digest cellulose so shouldn't eat vegetables
A: This is correct, but in BARF we are mimicking what the dog would eat in its natural state. The contents of the stomach would be chewed and partly digested cracking open the cellulose and exposing the valuable nutrients. In BARF we finely mince the veg and fruit to mimick this state.

Q: Dogs aren't vegetarians so why give them vegetables and fruit
A: This is correct, and this is why it is important that the BARF supplier knows what he/she is doing. It is of the utmost importance that the dog eats the vegetables and fruit in the meaty bone mix, where else would he get certain nutrients such as carbohydrates, antioxidants etc from. However, it is of equal importance that the dog doesn't eat JUST the meat.

Q: Dog's shouldn't eat meat, it makes them aggressive and they become hunters
A: Not true. That depends on a number of different things such as - why was the dog bred originally, what is it's working drive and so on. There is no way that a dog will know that the chicken neck in his bowl comes from that chicken running around the yard!

Q: Kibble is a 100% balanced meal, so why bother with other food
A: Dogs are many things and this includes being opportunists which means that they will eat anything. It is important to remember that "BARF" means "Bones and Raw Food" or even better "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food". Now most kibble is, amongst other things, grain based - grain is NOT a Biologically Approriate food for a dog, for birds yes, but not for dogs. Bear in mind the size (and therefore the amount of food,i.e. grain, in it) of a bird's stomach which the dog will eat when he catches one - so how fair is it to have the bulk of their daily meal consisting of grain? Grain is also one of the important causes of skin problems in dogs.

Q: Why raw and not cooked
A: Heat alters enzymes with a negative effect on health. No scientist has yet discovered that wolves, the official relation of the dog, first hunt, catch, then skin their prey before removing all the bones and then miraculously managing to light a fire, on which to cook the food before eating it!

Q: What about bacteria, things such as e.coli, salmonella etc.
A: Whenever one works with food, whether it is for humans or for our furry friends, hygiene is of the utmost importance. Always ensure that the food is all fit for human consumption, and not old and mouldy. And then, importantly, remember what animal we are talking about here - a dog. That's correct, a dog who licks in what us humans would consider to be disgusting places, who digs up to eat what for us humans would be absolutely disgusting and sickening and in fact dowright life-threatening.
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