The word BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.
We want our young canines to grow and develop every part of their body to the peak of their genetic perfection. We want breeding animals to produce supremely healthy off spring that become long lived, healthy, well adjusted and trouble free adults. We want active dogs to perform to the maximum of their genetic potential. We want our sick dogs to become well, and our aged dogs to ‘become young again.’ We want to see BRILLIANT health! This means our dogs should be happy, active, bright, alert and free of problems. And we want them to stay that way for all their very long lives. This means the RAW diet, is exactly what we should be feeding our Dogs. For any machine to work properly it must be supplied with the manufacturers recommended fuel, lubricants, and spare parts. Anything less will cause that machine to malfunction. Our dogs bodies work on the same principle. A biologically appropriate raw diet is the only diet that will maximize health and longevity.
Most dog foods contain a long list of additives, preservatives and grain products. RAW DIET looks only to the freshest whole raw food sources rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids from human grade ingredients. Do you believe that pouring dry kibble into a bowl day after day is the best way to feed your dog? Grains are not biologically appropriate for our K9 friends. The ingestion of grain and other starchy foods contribute to most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases. Domestic dogs should be getting their carbohydrate's & protein in a similar manner to their wild ancestors.
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That means fresh, raw meat & vegetables and fruit. We feed only fresh meat & vegetables along with some essential vitamins, our shepherds coats are shinny, teeth are white like pearls " no denta bones here!!!" and the vets in our area say that our dogs are the healthiest they have seen. The energy level of our German Shepherds is awesome, even our oldest shepherd has the energy of a young pup. I can't recommend switching to a raw diet enough, if you ask your vet about feeding Raw diet, 9 times out of ten they will strongly urge you not to, but then turn around and look what is on their shelves and ask yourself if their answer was a un-bias one based on the facts!. Switching to a Raw diet will be the best thing you ever do for your K9.
Below is a very good book to get you started, just click the picture
If you love your dog, you need to read this book! It will change the way you view the health of your pet. I can tell you this from experience.