Why choose B.A.R.F.?
You can tell that dogs are carnivores by looking at their body. Their teeth, jaws and digestive system indicate that dogs have always been raw food eaters. The shape of their teeth, for instance, reveals that they are capable of tearing and chewing on large chunks of meat. Moreover, dogs are not able to move their jaws sideways like herbivores – they use their jaws and teeth to tear meat.
Although the digestive system of dogs is very strong, it is difficult to break down and digest large quantities of grain (e.g. cereals, corn, soya etc) included in processed dry food (kibble) and wet (canned) pet food. Because of the shorter intestine of dogs, complex carbohydrates are not easily digested and reach the large intestine as raw food (in the form of starch) where fermentation takes place which leads to flatulence or diarrhea. Dogs that feed on dry food excrete significantly larger amounts of stool than those fed on raw food. Kibble does not contain live enzymes that help digestion and thus, the whole process takes longer. A dog’s digestive system needs 12-14 hours to digest dry food and needs four times the amount of water (e.g. almost 2lt for 500g of food) while these numbers are considerably lower in raw food (3-4 hours and less water) because of the moisture included in raw food.
Modern nutrition science is increasingly supporting the ancestral diet – high quality protein content, balanced fats and fresh food – and is promoting it as the healthiest approach to dog nutrition. There is no way to know for sure what the exact diet of the ancestors of the modern domesticated dogs and cats diet looked like, however we are able to estimate that it consisted of approximately 75%-90% meat/protein (mainly whole prey) along with smaller amounts of eggs, grass, fruits, nuts and other vegetation.
B.A.R.F. (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet for pets aims at imitating the diet followed by dogs and cats prior to their domestication. It consists of raw meat with bones, fruits, vegetables, herbs and other natural ingredients in the right proportions. The end result is a complete and balanced meal which boosts and regulates the immune system, reduces inflammation and help cure infections.
Benefits of B.A.R.F. diet
- Stronger immune system
- Less allergies and intolerances
- Increased activity and vigour
- Pleasant breath
- Healthy and clean teeth
- Enhanced digestion with firm stools and less odour
- Reduced body fat and increased stamina
- Healthy skin and a shinier coat