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Raw Diet History

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.  

Possible Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

Some of the benefits you might see as your pet enjoys a raw diet include:

* Shinier Coats

* Healthier Skin

* Cleaner Teeth

* Higher Energy Levels

What is a Raw Food Diet?

Raw Food Diets typically consist of:

* Muscle Meat

* Bones

* 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.  

PMR Diet

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

Learn More

It is recommended that you speak to your pet's veterinarian before starting any raw pet food diet.  

Muscle Meat

Which Cuts Are Muscle Meat?

The following cuts are considered muscle meat and should make up 80% of your pet's diet:

* Gizzards

* Lungs

* Hearts

* Gullets

* Tracheas

* Tongues

* Uteri

* Pizzles

* Backstrap

* Jowls 

* Green Tripe

Muscle Meat

Muscle Meat can be summed up as any meat without bones.  

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Organs (Offal)

Nutrient Dense

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.  

Very Rich

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.

Isn't That An Organ?

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. 

How Much Organ Meat?

The Prey Model Raw Diet calls for 5% of the diet to be liver and 5% of the diet to be other secreting organs.  

Doing the Math

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.

Muscle Meat:

16 oz. x 0.80 = 12.8 oz.

Learn More

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.  

More About Raw Pet Food Bones

Beef Bone Percentages

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Beef Ribs = 52% Bone

Ox Tails = 45-65% Bone

Chicken Bone Percentages


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 Bone Percentages


Pork Ribs = 30% Bone

Rabbit Bone Percentages


Whole Rabbit, Dressed = 28% Bone

Turkey Bone Percentages


Whole Turkey, Dressed = 21% Bone

Turkey Neck = 42% Bone

Raw vs. Cooked Bones


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.