Racing greyhounds and sled dogs have eaten raw food diets for many years. In 1993, Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst, suggested extending those diets to family pet and calling his feeding suggestions the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). The idea was that adult dogs would thrive on a diet that was similar to one that canines ate before they became domesticated.
Some of the benefits you might see as your pet enjoys a raw diet include:
* Shinier Coats
* Healthier Skin
* Cleaner Teeth
* Higher Energy Levels
Raw Food Diets typically consist of:
* Muscle Meat
* Organ Meat
* Raw Eggs
* Dairy Products
* Fruits & Vegetables
A BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) diet consists of a mix of not only meat and organs, but fruits, vegetables and supplements such as coconut oil.
The Prey Model Raw Diet (PMR) follows the belief that canines don't need fruits or vegetables. To get the perfect nutritional combination, it is suggested that you provide:
* 80% Raw Meat
* 10% Bone
* 5% Liver
* 5% Other Secreting Organs
It is recommended that you speak to your pet's veterinarian before starting any raw pet food diet.
The following cuts are considered muscle meat and should make up 80% of your pet's diet:
* Green Tripe
Muscle Meat can be summed up as any meat without bones.
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Organs are a very important aspect of a raw diet. Consider organs your pet's multivitamin. Without organs, your pet's diet can become deficient in many vitamins.
Because organs are so nutrient dense, they are a very rich part of your pet's diet. Overfeeding can cause diarrhea, dark stools or health issues in the future. It's important to make sure you are feeding organs in the proper amounts to maintain optimal health.
Basically, we have been taught that anything inside the body cavity of an animal (liver, heart, kidneys, etc.) is considered an organ. But raw diets are built around secreting organs such as the kidney, liver and spleen.
The Prey Model Raw Diet calls for 5% of the diet to be liver and 5% of the diet to be other secreting organs.
As an example, say your dog eats 1 lb. each day on the Prey Model Raw Diet.
16 oz. x 0.05 = 0.8 oz.
16 oz. x 0.05 = 0.8 oz.
16 oz. x 0.10 = 1.6 oz.
16 oz. x 0.80 = 12.8 oz.
It can become overwhelming when dealing with so many figures. The USDA has an easy to use Food Composition Database, you can use to determine the percentage of vitamins and minerals in each product you feed your pet.
Beef Ribs = 52% Bone
Ox Tails = 45-65% Bone
Whole Chicken, Gutted & Plucked = 32% Bone
Chicken Neck, With Skin = 25% Bone
Chicken Neck, No Skin = 36% Bone
Chicken Wing = 46% Bone
Chicken Back = 44% Bone
Chicken Foot = 60% Bone
Chicken Leg Quarter = 30% Bone
Pork Ribs = 30% Bone
Whole Rabbit, Dressed = 28% Bone
Whole Turkey, Dressed = 21% Bone
Turkey Neck = 42% Bone
Raw Meaty Bones are safer for your pet to eat because they are softer and easier for them to digest. Raw Meaty Bones are a great source of calcium and phosphorus which helps maintain their skeletal structure.
Cooked or Smoked bones are dry and brittle and can splinter easily and should never be fed to your pet.
Whenever you pet is enjoying a Recreational Bone, please supervise at all times. Recreational Bones are not intended to be eaten or digested.