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Biologically Appropriate Raw Food


B.A.R.F diets include vegtables

DISCLAIMER: Von Der Musikstadt is not a Veternarian, health care professional, or food specialist. The Information I have on this website is from own personal experience. I suggest to research a BARF diet very closely and read several articles before you decide to change your dog to this diet. Some dogs do not do well on this diet.

B.A.R.F diet means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and also Bones and Raw Food. This diet contains no chemicals, fillers, coloring, preservatives, grains, or heat processing. All it contains is raw, bones, meat, and vegtables.

What do I feed in a BARF diet?

50% by weight should be raw meaty bones; the rest can be a mix of vegetables, organs (also known as offal), ground meat, and eggs. Raw meaty bones are not the same as recreational bones. Raw meaty bones are things like chicken carcasses, backs, necks, wings, oxtails, turkey necks, etc. Recreational bones, on the other hand, are larger bones that the dog will chew on but will not eat the whole bone - things like beef marrow bones, femurs, knuckle bones, etc. Recreational bones can also be given to the dog but should not make up the entire diet. If your dog is on the thin side feed more raw meaty bones, if he is on the heavy side feed more veggies.

Vegetables in a BARF diet

The best nutritional value from a BARF dog food diet, the trick is in the diversity. Feed a wide selection of vegetables to meet your dog's nutritional needs. Also note that vegetables need to be crushed or pureed to release the content of the cells as dogs don't digest cellulose well.

1. Vegetables to serve all of the time:
  • carrots, celery, parsley, romaine lettuce, pupmkin, green and yellow squash, peppers, beets, mustard greens, yams, green beens, eggplant, and zucchini.
1. Vegtables to serve some of the time
  • brocoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussel prouts - it may cause gas but you may rotate
  • avocado - feed the fruit only
  • spinach, chard, and rhubarb - small amounts
  • potatoes, green peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants - difficult to digest cellulous food

Some problems switching to RAW Generally, if problems are going to eventuate, they will do so when switching or adjusting to the new diet and adding in new foods.


The most common complaints at this time include diarrhoea, constipation, and vomiting. Any and all of these can happen, a new food being added that they can't digest or too much of one food. That's why, particularly at the beginning, it's important to introduce new foods one at a time to see what your dog can tolerate.


Once the animal has adjusted to this type of diet, it's common for people to comment on how relaxed and easy a system it is. If you feed a raw dog food diet without properly researching the nutritional then you are in danger of not supplying the dog's basic nutritional needs.

Is Raw cheaper than Kibble?

If you compair a bag of dry dog food and the Raw diet, it is almost the same price or cheaper. I have learned to be a bargain shopper. Small grocery stores and the Dollar Store can be a great place to stock up on chicken leg quarters and canned mackerel. Our local family owned grocery has marked down meat almost every day and runs great specials on chicken and ground beef. Buy in bulk when you can and repackage into more manageable containers. Walmart has sales on 10lb bads of chicken legs for .59 cents per pound. I can find it in the Nashville area for .49 cents per pound.

natural raw diet has been shown to eliminate and change MANY dog food-related problems:
  • Problems with anal glands
  • Produces firmer and less stools
  • Supplies a natural supply of calcium and minerals for growth
  • Skin problems
  • Allergy problems
  • Weight problems
  • Stinky Dog Breath
  • Ear Infections
  • Hot spots
  • Itching & scratching
  • Dull coat