Everything you need to know about Barf, the original dog food
The barf is increasingly used by dog owners and professionals. This meat-based diet raw allows the dog to return to its original diet. Favoring Barf is not without risk, however, and the transition must be smooth.
What is Barf?
Barf is a form of dog food , and animals in general, which means: Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (Bone and Raw Food), in French: Biologically appropriate raw food. It is a veterinarian who is at the origin and the goal is to get as close as possible to the food of the dog in the wild.
The dog, this carnivore
This diet in the wild was a diet that consisted primarily of raw meat. THE barf assumes that his "natural" diet is the best of diets. Indeed, if the animal ate only meat, it was because it provided all the necessary nutrients. But this is not necessarily the case, dogs would have acquired the ability to digest cooked starch following contact with humans.
Although it is true that the barf contains sources of protein and energy through the consumption of raw meat, the dog cannot be satisfied with this alone.
As explained above, the Barf consists of raw meat and therefore of bones. The risk for the dog is to have problems with obstruction and perforation of the intestine due to the digestion of the bones. By eating raw meat, he can also ingest parasites (taenia among others). The animal may end up being deficient or present with an excess of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
In terms of logistics, the Barf is also restrictive since it is necessary to renew the stock of fresh meat very regularly and to be very vigilant as to the quality given to your dog.
If you want to switch to Barf, a transition is obviously essential . A veterinarian can advise you in your approach.