View Full Version : Opinions on the barf diet


myshellbell
02-10-2010, 14:05
Our puppies are now six weeks old and will soon be going to new familys I have weened them onto the barf diet to give them the best start I have also put their mum on this now any any other pet owners on here using this method and what are your thoughts

cooljules
02-10-2010, 14:36
just search the posts, its been talked about a lot in the last couple of weeks

gina2007
02-10-2010, 14:51
I think evei is the person to talk to on here, or medusa. Im sure both of their dogs are on this :)

Evei
03-10-2010, 12:09
http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=578756&highlight=raw+food+much%3F

http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=649106

Here is some information

Becks37
30-10-2010, 19:32
Thanks for links Evei, very helpful. :)

tynan
01-11-2010, 19:37
My vet said would you eat raw chicken?

medusa
01-11-2010, 20:31
Vets are generally not the best people to ask about BARF to be honest. If your vet believes that dogs evolved eating only cooked meat then my opinion of their skills would go sharply downhill.

The whole concept of the BARF diet was to feed dogs what their guts evolved to eat. Until we started playing with their diet a couple of hundred years ago dogs ate carrion, small prey and occasional vegetable matter. They generally really like raw chicken and it's completely natural for them to do so, and for it to be good for them.

Evei
02-11-2010, 05:43
My vet said would you eat raw chicken?

Would you eat dog food normally? :hihi: Seems an odd comment :)

LitleMermaid
02-11-2010, 09:42
Would you eat dog food normally?

:hihi: This made me laugh out loud-and I'm in the library. Thanks for that :hihi:

vwkittie
02-11-2010, 11:27
Vets are generally not the best people to ask about BARF to be honest. If your vet believes that dogs evolved eating only cooked meat then my opinion of their skills would go sharply downhill.

The whole concept of the BARF diet was to feed dogs what their guts evolved to eat. Until we started playing with their diet a couple of hundred years ago dogs ate carrion, small prey and occasional vegetable matter. They generally really like raw chicken and it's completely natural for them to do so, and for it to be good for them.

Neither did we! But then I do like nice bit of sushi!

Seriously though a dog could get salmonella from raw chicken as we can, but apparently it's quite unlikely because they, well, poop it out before it has chance to take hold! Dogs I think have a shorter digestive tract than we do so everything goes through quicker, which is how they can eat random dead things they find on the floor and be fine, where we probably couldn't do that :gag:

Personally I just totally couldn't be bothered messing about with raw feeding, my dog is fine on kibble.

medusa
02-11-2010, 11:41
Actually, our guts have evolved over a thousand years or more to the point that it's now very hard to eat enough food to meet our needs if you only eat raw food. We absorb and process far more from cooked food than we can from raw food and so our guts have shortened and our stomachs reduced in size over the last thousand or two years to accommodate that change in our diets. As a species we've been eating cooked grains and meat for at least that time, possibly longer.

Such a change is not possible in a spell as short as the time that we've been feeding dogs dog food or human food scraps, which for most dogs is only a hundred or so years. In evolutionary terms that's just a blink.

If your dog is fine on kibble then that's great; the BARF diet was designed for dogs who don't process cooked food at all well and for those dogs it's the difference between a healthy dog and a really ill and unhappy dog. Nobody's trying to tell you that you have to feed one thing or another, it's just another option.

cooljules
02-11-2010, 14:19
When i took Wittmann my DSH last week to be spayed the girl said heres a bag of 'free' trats for her, i said no thanks, i dont want none of that scientific human designed junk for her..i said i give her raw meat.. the girl didnt know much about it, but said one of family who breeds akitas only uses raw.

when i took Wittmann to have her stitches checked up last night, another girl on reception tried to give Wittmann some treats, so she could get close and look at them, but Wittmann just looked at me.....as i taught her never to take food from strangers.

Snagglepuss
02-11-2010, 16:58
Could I ask you lovely people that feed the barf diet just exactly what do you feed them? is it raw minced beef and raw minced chicken? Also what else do you give? I would seriously like to get my horrible hound on to it as these last few months he has had awful stomach problems. With far from healthy poos to boot.

cooljules
02-11-2010, 17:27
Could I ask you lovely people that feed the barf diet just exactly what do you feed them? is it raw minced beef and raw minced chicken? Also what else do you give? I would seriously like to get my horrible hound on to it as these last few months he has had awful stomach problems. With far from healthy poos to boot.

er im not sure...i get many different flavours/meats for mine. tripe, beef, chicken etc etc. about 42p a bag.

i get 20 at a time

now and again when i can afford it, i get ones with duck etc, just a few p more

Snagglepuss
02-11-2010, 17:36
Ah brills, thanks Cooljules that has anwered my question and definitely prompted me to get the mutt onto the barf diet. Thanks hun

cooljules
02-11-2010, 17:39
Ah brills, thanks Cooljules that has anwered my question and definitely prompted me to get the mutt onto the barf diet. Thanks hun

put my DSH on it (the god came with runs)

each day i vary it, lots of different flavours, all seperate bagged. i take one out first thing in the morning and let it defrost.

my other day, whos 14 and gone on it too.

i mix in 2 eggs a day.

ok i give them mixer biscuits from tesco, only cos i couldnt really afford not too. but when i can, i give them 2 bags a day, rather than one.

eggs are good for glossy coats people said.

Snagglepuss
02-11-2010, 17:43
Aha, eggs!! he could do with a glossy coat. Gonna try him on an egg tonight, thanks

gina2007
02-11-2010, 18:01
Try giving him an egg intact snaggle. Hilarious when I did it with Zeus, he didnt know what to do but soon learnt to pick it up and drop it so it smashed :lol:

odd job
03-11-2010, 11:19
Save yourself alot of money,time and vet trips
get a good quality dry food

bogwoppit
03-11-2010, 13:05
Save yourself alot of money,time and vet trips
get a good quality dry food

Haven't you read any of the info about this diet??? It was exactly a "good quality dry food" that made my dog very ill and caused lots of trips to the vets...

bogwoppit
03-11-2010, 13:06
ps feeding raw chicken carcusses costs about 18p a day per dog (that's 3 a day for a large sized dog) - that is bloody cheap, far cheaper than most cheap dry food let alone the 'good quality' stuff.

cooljules
03-11-2010, 14:05
ps feeding raw chicken carcusses costs about 18p a day per dog (that's 3 a day for a large sized dog) - that is bloody cheap, far cheaper than most cheap dry food let alone the 'good quality' stuff.

noooooooooo you cant feed raw meat to dogs, i mean its not good is it, they need dry biscuits all day. (so some people like to think)

you ought to see the 'scientific' dog biscuits, so expensive and so many choices...

go back a hundred years and see what scraps of meat dogs were fed on, and all the stories i was told about dogs in the 40's, were all well fed on 'nowt but meat' and they all did well.