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Thread: BARF and beginners - found a great link

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    Default BARF and beginners - found a great link

    So, Sophie B Dogg is no fan of dog food... well, she's not even a fan of eating out of a bowl (or plate for that matter) - she's still learning how.

    BUT, I have discovered that she does love chook frames and necks, so off to BARF we go I think... there are some really great threads here, but I found that not every thread had an asnwer to a question I wanted, and I spent quite a while googling (as you do) reading and following links from here, plus there and everywhere, and came across this page that has 50 faq's on BARF, and seems to be written originally by an Aussie, even though it's now on a dot com Boxer site...:

    BARF for Beginners - Most Frequently Asked Questions

    It helped me figure things out tremendously, and certainly helped allay a lot of my fears about her non-food-focus, as well as anser just about every question I had about BARF... as well as some I hadn't thought of.

    So, just thought I'd post it here so that others considering the BARF way might get use from it too.

    Just a note though - is the food - weight ratios for feeding really right? On Soph's current weight of 24 kgs, she should be on 16oz of BARF a day (500gms), which seems a tiny amount of food - especially when I consider that I still want her to gain around 2kgs over the next 12 months, she walks 4 miles a day, and just scarfed down 750grams of chicken necks like they were McNuggets... according to the feed schedules, that's a day and a half's food portions - so that still has me a tad confused. But we'll figure it out {I hope}

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    It would have to be individual as it varies according to the amount of exercise they get and what their condition is.
    If they are active and on raw it would be difficult for them to gain too much weight.
    There is a book by Ian Billingshurst? all about BARf and raw food diet. i found it very helpful, borrowed it from the vet but is available online.
    I will see if I can find the link.

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    Welcome to Dogwise.com
    This is the link

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    I do like the barf idea but would require about 4
    To give to my dogs each.
    My dogs eat a fair bit.

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    my puppy has refused canned or dry food early on its like she knows whats good for her, & aslo wont eat any processed food or food with any preservatives, so i too put her on the barf diet. i wasnt sure of how much to feed either so iv gone on the guide of being able to feel her ribs slightly. I do think you can tell when they becoming bit puddinish around the middle. when i notice her paddin up i slow down on her food. I also mix it around from bones to offal to chicken to kangaroo, but she prefers chicken above it all. carcass & all.

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    Just a question isnt barf a registered trademark? Isnt it just a raw meat and bones and offal diet, with a few veggies thrown in for no particular reason, except that you have to buy it from his store? Nice packaging though.

    I had a quick read of the aussie barf site and he says how "veterinary training had taught me that a diet based on raw meaty bones and household scraps was a very poor way to feed pet cats and dogs." perhaps he is just bending the truth a little bit to sell a product. Bones are great, but in the right proportion, and usually smaller and raw because most modern dogs dont have the jaw pressure to eat the whole big bones.

    Has anyone here looked at the nutrient (vitamins and minerals included) analysis of different types of raw meat? I did and I compared those to the american standards for dog food. Now that is some really interesting comparisons. There are a lot of vitamins and minerals in MEAT already. Did nature get it wrong when it had dogs catch and eat meat? I just find it very interesting how so many people are sold on the barf philosophy here. In many UK forums, where a lot of dogs are still working dogs and get a lot of dog walks etc, there seems to be a big movement for a real dogs diet, REAL raw meat, bones and offal.

    I feed my dog Omega 3, because there is not enough of it in land based meat. If you are worried about vitamin deficiencies, you can buy seperate bottles of them for dogs, or you will find good dog treats have major ones added to them as well.

    I know that this argument will rage on for decades, and I don't want to devalue people's opinions in here, but I do suggest people consider a genuine raw diet, rather than another trademarked half way there attempt. By the way I am not a butcher, and I dont sell dog food, so I make no money from these statements. I just know what works best for my dog and every other dog I have seen on a proper diverse raw diet. RAW as in raw meat, not some RAW trademark concept.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    I feed mainly raw (which i do myself) and a very small amount of dry if need.
    "barf" patties regardless of which brand would work out way to dear for me to feed.
    My guys have tried them, but will only eat them frozen. If i thaw them they wont touch them - bar one, but he'd eat anything he could fit in his mouth
    Tried them on the cats as well, but no go. Though having said that only one of them will eat fresh meat (especially roo) while the others are "really" do I have too!
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