BARF: Bones and Raw Foods

The BARF diet was developed by an Australian vet and is based on the feeding of raw bones, meats, vegetables and necessary supplements for your dogs health and well being. He believes that dogs should be fed according to their biological ancestors and not the artificial grains most commercial dog food manufacturers package. Many say that feeding the BARF diet will improve energy and help dogs with allergies, and other health problems and will promote shiny coat and healthy skin. It has also been noted that feeding raw bones is far safer than cooked bones as cooked bone is more likely to splinter and become a choking hazard.

However, the debate rages on, as others believe that by feeding raw meats the pet owner is putting these animals at risk of bacterial contamination such as E. coli and Salmonella. Both E. coli and Salmonella organisms can also infect other animals and humans. Some believe that raw meat increases the levels of testosterone in some dogs, thus resulting in a more aggressive nature. And, still others say that the raw bone can cause punctures in the lining of the stomach and intestines.

The main drawback to the BARF diet is that unless you follow properly formulated recipes, you could create nutrient deficiencies or excesses that could cause illness in your pet.

Dog owners need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both.