|The BARF Philosophy
The philosophy behind using BARF, or the hypothesis on which it is based is
that the diet a dog evolved to eat - over many millions of years of evolution -
is the best way to feed it. This is the hypothesis accepted by most modern zoos
or any zoologist concerned with preserving a species of endangered animal. It is
not the theory endorsed by pet food companies or the people they train - and
that includes unfortunately - most vets.
If you want to feed your dog BARF, it means not feeding your dog cooked and
or processed food. That is, not feeding your dog a diet based on cooked grains,
no matter how persuasive the advertising. Artificial grain based dog foods cause
innumerable health problems. They are not what your dog was programmed to eat
during its long process of evolution.
A biologically appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of raw whole
foods similar to those eaten by the dogs' wild ancestors. . The food fed must
contain the same balance and type of ingredients as consumed by those wild
ancestors. This food will include such things as muscle meat, bone, fat, organ
meat and vegetable materials and any other "foods" that will mimic what those
wild ancestors ate.
Chicken, beef, pork, kangaroo,
rabbit, depending on selection: finely ground chicken bone, beef liver,
whole egg, cultured kefir, seasonal vegetables selected from broccoli, celery,
spinach, carrot, ground flax seed, bok choy, dried alfalfa leaf powder, beef
kidney, beef heart, unbleached beef tripe, seasonal fruit selected from apple,
pear, grapefruit, orange, dried kelp powder, garlic, capsicum.
Chicken BARF is very suitable for all life stages
and being based on a white meat (which is anti-inflammatory), is very suitable
wherever a dog (or cat) is faced with some sort of inflammatory condition, such
as arthritis, a skin condition and even where a companion animal is stricken
with cancer, a condition, which is driven by inflammation. There are only two
general circumstances that should prevent you from feeding Dr. Bís chicken BARF
to your dog (or cat); firstly where your dog or cat has any sort of allergy to
chicken and secondly where a cat or a dog requires a low fat diet.
Dr. Bís Beef BARF has a valuable role to play in an
animal suffering from any form of anaemia because of the high levels of
available iron in Beef Meat. (Note that all our products help with anaemia, but
our Beef BARF is particularly valuable!)
Where we donít recommend our Beef BARF is in cases of a ĎBeef Allergy,í or
where an animal is suffering from any sort of inflammatory or degenerative
condition. While we strongly recommend our Dr. Bís Beef BARF for young, active
and growing animals, which thrive on this flavour, it may be less suitable for
older and/or sicker animals; suffering from problems such as arthritis, a skin
condition, or cancer. In these cases, we suggest Dr. Bís Chicken, Pork and Lamb
BARF Ė and in special circumstances Ė Dr. Bís Roo BARF.
Dr. Bís Pork BARF often proves an excellent choice
in cases of skin or bowel allergy. Their high and balanced levels of
polyunsaturated fats, is clearly an asset under these conditions. Like lamb,
pork is a definite all rounder, although tending more to the white than the red
side compared to lamb. This means it should be considered as part of any
programme dealing with a degenerative disease process; the healthy pork fats and
high quality pork protein can play a valuable role in combating bodily
degeneration. If you have not tried Dr. Bís Pork BARF with your dog (or cat), do
consider it, you might be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your dog (or cat),
makes that Pork BARF Ďdisappearí and along with it, the disappearance (over
time) of many health problems, particularly allergic problems.
Dr. Bís Lamb BARF is ideal for all life stages and
it has been a Ďlife-saverí in many cases of arthritis, skin conditions and even
cancer. The presence of high levels of the anti-cancer fatty acid known as
Conjugated Linoleic Acid in the pasture fed lamb used for Dr. Bís Lamb BARF is a
bonus and a special indication for using Dr. Bís Lamb BARF for Canine and Feline
Dr. Bís Lamb BARF is an excellent food to consider where a dog (or even a
cat) suffers from being underweight. However, the lamb flavour would definitely
be avoided in cases of pancreatitis or where an animal has an allergy or
reaction to lamb meat, lamb bones or lamb fat.
Beaten only by Dr. Bís Chicken BARF, this flavour
is the second most popular flavour in Dr. Bís range of Genuine Aussie R.A.W.
BARF for dogs. Combo is clearly a great all-round food for our dogs (yes Ė and
cats!) as it contains a wide range of protein types (chicken, lamb, beef and
pork). This makes Combo the ideal ĎFlavourí to purchase where Ė for whatever
reason Ė the desire or the requirement is that only one flavour is to be stocked
or used. That is why Combo is the chosen flavour for our 3 Kg BIG BARF ROLLS Ė
the ideal choice for carers with large dogs or lots of dogs, which includes
people running breeding or boarding kennels.
For many dogs (and cats!), this is an Ďexoticí
flavour that they simply love! Rabbit is not dissimilar to chicken in that it is
a white meat, with excellent anti-inflammatory properties and the additional
characteristic of being highly attractive to most dogs (and cats!). Donít be put
off by the smell (as some people are) because your dog thinks the aroma is just
beautiful Ė even if you donít! If your dog (or cat) is a fussy eater, Dr. Bís
Rabbit BARF may be the solution.
Important: Dr. Bís wide range of Ďflavours,í including
rabbit, allows pet carers to rotate their pet through a wide range of different
protein types; this helps to fulfil the Evolutionary principle of providing
balance through a wide range of protein-source Evolutionary foods.
Kangaroo is of
course, the only truly Ďwildí meat available on a large scale in Australia. As a
Ďwild meat, it is truly organic, being in no way farmed. Perhaps its most
valuable feature (and drawback in some circumstances) is its very low calorific
value; Dr. Bís kangaroo BARF is practically fat free. This makes Dr. Bís Roo
BARF highly valuable to any cat or dog that has a problem such as pancreatitis
or obesity, or any other problem, which requires a balanced low fat diet. On the
other hand, being low in fat makes Dr. Bís Roo BARF unsuitable as the solo diet
for a young dog, a pregnant bitch or a lactating bitch. There is no problem of
course, using Dr Bís Roo BARF for growing, pregnant or lactating canines as part
of a rotating (with Dr. Bís other ĎFlavoursí and/or raw meaty bones) programme
of nutrition. Combined with appropriate supplementation, Dr. Bís Roo BARF often
proves highly valuable for dogs with a wide range of disease problems. (For
further information, see ĎModifying Dr. Bís BARF for certain life stages and