Raw Diet for Puppies


By Robert Mueller


It has been proven that the more raw, unadulterated foods we consume, the better our health will become as a result.This is the same dietary change that is also being suggested to promote optimum health for pets.  With the recent expansion of dietary concepts for pets that center around an evolutionary feeding regimen, pet owners now have a way to give their companion animals the best chance of stopping the decline of their pet’s general health.

Puppies need good food.

Puppies need good food.

Why Feed A Raw Meat Diet To Your Puppy

To address this topic I think it first requires some education on the advancement of pet food diets.  Since the early 1930ʼs, the health of domestic dogs in the Western world has gradually declined; I am specifically referring to the skeletal health of puppies and the reproductive health of the parents.  This decline can be attributed to a combination of factors; predominantly the societal switch to commercial dog food containing an inferior level of nutritious ingredients, the manufacturing processing, and the inappropriate restriction of proper exercise.  However, the main culprit for the decline in canine and feline health is the ingestion of an inappropriate diet, caused by the inclusion of grain-based ingredients in pet food.  This has led to the development of unwanted degenerative diseases, obesity, and developmental skeletal issues.

Skeletal issues normally result from rapid muscle and bone growth.  Feeding a puppy a natural raw food diet that is biologically appropriate is the key to encouraging gradual skeletal growth and to promote healthier reproductive capacities of the adult dog.  Providing a well-balanced raw diet for puppies will help reverse existing conditions as well as prevent future disease and skeletal problems.

Transitioning A Puppy From Mother’s Milk To Raw

Now that you understand how important it is to feed your growing puppy a raw dog food diet, making the conversion to raw becomes a matter of learning the proper combination of ingredients to give your pet for maximum nutrition.  Having a basic understanding of how heat processing (cooking) is detrimental to the final product is also important.  You must feed Mother Nature’s blend of naturally obtained ingredients, in the right proportions, in order for your pet to truly experience the benefits of being fed a bones and raw food (BARF).

The best time to convert your puppy to a raw, species-appropriate diet is at the 4-5 week stage.  This is a critical time in the development of the skeletal frame thus the importance of allowing the development to be gradual is the critical factor.  To achieve your puppy’s desired rate of growth, you must only feed enough food to support a moderate growth rate of about 75%.  Introduce the raw meat dog food blend and eliminate any grain-based, or heat processed diets from the animal’s dietary plan; if the mother has been given the proper raw food nutrition as well, there will be an adequate supply of nutrients from the milk.

Pumpkins aid in digestion.

Pumpkins aid in digestion.


How To Make The Switch For Puppies

We offer two suggestions for the introduction; the fast switch, or the slow approach.  Most puppies (which have not yet been influenced at this point with dry dog foods that have been flavor enhanced) can be converted to a raw dog food diet with a fast switch approach without incident.  The young puppy often takes to the new diet like a duck to water.  However, we do offer suggestions for a slow conversion for any puppy that has developed gastrointestinal issues in the past, mainly from ingesting inappropriate dry dog food.

It is also important to note that feeding a raw meat diet, which is nutrient dense, eliminates the need to have separate “puppy”, “adult”, and “senior” formulas; instead portion control is used throughout the different stages of the animals life.  This is totally different than the commercial pet food industry’s attempt to adjust the inferior nature of their dry pet food ingredients to accommodate the various nutritional requirements for each life stage.

Here is an additional list of potential benefits your puppy will experience from being fed a raw food diet:

  • A reduction in stool volume and odor
  • Elimination of doggie breath
  • Controlled bone and muscle development
  • Improved skin and coat
  • Increased energy
  • Improved immune system function

A word of caution:  It is critical to eliminate long periods of walking/running or strenuous exercise, beginning from the 5-week puppy stage until the growth stage has ended and the bones have hardened.  Following this advice will additionally help to eliminate any future skeletal issues in your growing puppy.  Remember that bone health is even more important in large and giant breeds.  It is recommended that you wait until at least 15 to 18 months of age before stressing the joints, however, smaller breeds can be exercised sooner (at the 10 to 12 month stage).

ggggRobert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!




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Raw Diet: It’s not just a pile of poo…

Many pet owners choose their dog’s food by lovely packaging and attractive pricing… which is why I would personally like to congratulate you on being a proactive pet owner and researching the best diet for your pup!


Heat destroys nutrients found in processed foods.

First, I would like to ask you this…Would you consider eating a diet composed of mostly bread, cookies or crackers? Of course you wouldn’t! That is why you are questioning these grain based diets for your pet! Most allergies arise from corn, wheat, and other common grains causing health problems among our dog friends. They also account for a substantial amount of carbohydrates in a dog’s diet causing Weight issues, Diabetes and Inflammatory conditions.


You are reading this article for one of two reasons…either you are already feeding your pup a raw diet and are furthering your knowledge on the subject OR you are considering raw feeding and are attempting to gather every bit of information you can before beginning or making the switch! Either way, thank you for being here! Raw feeding is one of the most important and rewarding choices you will make for your dog!

In a recent issue, I touched on the benefits of Raw Feeding such as Enhanced Digestion and Absorption of Nutrients, Elimination of Allergies and Hot Spots, Softer Skin and Coats, Healthy Teeth and Breath, Optimum Immune Systems, Healthy Body Mass and a Decrease in incidence of Degenerative Diseases. These benefits are what brought you to raw feeding in the first place but why is it that raw feeding can provide such a plethora of advantages? Well, allow me to fill you in on the details!

The first major claim of raw feeding that we are going to explore, is the ease of digestion, smaller stool sizes and enhanced absorption of nutrients. Why is a Raw diet better for digestion than dry? The answer is in the enzymes! Living enzymes are proteins made by living organisms, which act as catalysts, making digestive and metabolic processes function properly. These enzymes assist your pet’s body to break down food and absorb the maximum amount of nutrients necessary for good health. By feeding your dog an enzyme-rich Raw food diet, you will reduce unnecessary stress on your dog’s organs to produce these vital enzymes on their own. This promotes optimum digestion and absorption. You simply can’t get enough of these enzymes and less stress on the organs means a longer and healthier life for your dog!

Some of you may be thinking, “okay, so maybe my kibble fed pup isn’t getting these enzymes from their food but they DO make some them so at least they’re getting a little…what’s the big deal?” Think again kibble feeders! The living enzymes are extremely important but they aren’t the only beneficial component to a raw diet. Moisture is another crucial aspect that most pet parents don’t even consider. Processed dog food such as kibble contains little to no moisture, causing liver, kidney and metabolic stress on the body. This puts your pup’s system into a state of dehydration. Even minor dehydration (which shows little outward symptoms at first) can put a huge amount of stress on the kidneys therefore it is almost like feeding humans a diet of bread and crackers and then only allowing a small amount of water on the side. That should make you thirsty just thinking about it!

Before your pup starts showing signs in the form of serious disease, their stool will give you clues to what is going on in there! It is a fact that you can tell so much about the health of humans and animals alike just by examining their stool! Don’t worry, I am not saying that you have to play in your pet’s poo…. but its appearance can definitely give you an indication of their overall health! Your pet’s stool should be small, firm, light in color and should disintegrate easily. This indicates that he is absorbing the maximum amount of nutrients from his diet and doesn’t have the need to waste a large amount of unnecessary “fillers”. Grain provides a large amount of waste thanks to the abundance of its non beneficial ingredients. You will not find that in a Raw diet. This also accounts for a more mild odor and who doesn’t want that? The more essential nutrients your dog is eating and absorbing, the less offensive the smell!

While it is absolutely fantastic that our pooper scooper moments are a little more pleasant when feeding a Raw diet, the most important aspect of this enhanced digestion is the degenerative diseases it can help to prevent in terms of the digestive tract. The risks of kidney and liver disease, as well as inflammatory bowel disorders are significantly decreased thanks to a decrease of stress on vital organs and an adequately hydrated body system!

So, if you are the pup parent who already feeds raw, I hope you feel enlightened and proud of your decision! You are giving your pet the best diet there is! And if you are a parent who is thinking of making the switch or starting your new puppy on Raw, please consider us here at Barf World and visit us at or call us at 1-866-282-2273 (BARF) to begin! We would love to help!


Contrasting Grain-based and Meat-based Diets for Dogs”    T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM. 2017.

When your dog’s poop looks like this, visit your Vet.” Dr. K. Becker. July 15, 2015.

Kibble: Why it’s not a good option for your dog.” Roxanne Stone MSC. 2017.

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Chocolate: A Tasty Treat Pets Die For

By Robert Mueller

A while back I came across an article that I found quite interesting. I think it is common knowledge to most pet lovers that chocolate is potentially harmful to a dog or cat. What I found quite interesting though was just how dangerous it really is.

Chocolate contains Theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. It only takes 45 or more milligrams of theobromine (per pound of your dog’s weight) to reach a potentially lethal dose.

The chart below shows the quantity of chocolate that would need to be consumed to reach toxic levels, along with the theobromine content of the products:

Theobromine                                                    Lethal Dose        Lethal Dose            Lethal Dose

                                           (mg/g)                       (20 lb dog)            (50 lb dog)            (80 lb dog)

Cocoa                                 20.3                             1.6 oz.                      3.9 oz.                    6.3 oz.

Unsweetened                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Baking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chocolate                          13                                2.5 oz.                      6.2 oz.                     9.9 oz.

Fudge                                 6.5                               4.9 oz.                     12.3 oz.                    19.7 oz.

Semi-sweet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chocolate                         5.6                               5.7 oz                       14.3 oz.                    22.9 oz.

Milk Chocolate               1.5                                21.4 oz.                    53.4 oz.                    84.3 oz.


I found this chart to be quite helpful. It can help determine a lethal dose in case of ingestion by your dog for these various chocolate products. It is one thing to issue a caution, but to have the actual amounts may come in very handy to the owner in an emergency situation.


Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

  • Abdominal Pain & Difficulty Breathing
  • Diarrhea and Vomiting (may contain blood)
  • Difficulty Standing/Walking & Lethargy
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Excessive Thirst & Urination (may contain blood)
  • Muscle Spasms & Seizures
  • Panting & Drooling
  • Restlessness & Other Unusual Behavior

In every instance of chocolate poisoning it is HIGHLY advised that you seek immediate veterinary attention.

If your pet has recently consumed the chocolate and has not yet vomited, you can induce vomiting by using activated charcoal or hydrogen peroxide.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 

*$65.00 consultation fee may be billed to caller’s credit card.

Please pass this information on to all of your pet loving friends. This may potentially save an animal’s life.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!


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How To Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter

Published on December 6, 2016 by in BARF

By Monica Samson

This time of year holiday travel is at its peak. If you’re planning a trip yourself, you may be considering whether to take your pet along with you.  Like many other pet parents, you may worry how well your dog will do on a long flight or car ride.  For those with older pets, you may even worry about how the cold weather can affect your pet’s mobility.

Older dogs and those with arthritis or joint problems may be struggling with the adjustment to the climate change. The cold weather can make it difficult for your pets to stay active. The Mobility supplement, helps promote joint flexibility for dogs in their second stage of life or those with mobility problems. This product has dog_bootsbeen formulated for dogs that have begun to show signs of decreased activity due to joint pain or arthritis, are affected by extremely cold and damp weather, or dogs that feel pain when climbing stairs.

When the weather is cold (and in some locations throughout the U.S., beyond freezing), it can take us and our pets, a considerable amount of energy to fight through the harsh weather and get to where we need to go.  Our pets are much closer to the ground and may be having a more difficult time battling this winter weather than we are.  You may want to consider a sweater and some booties to keep your pet warm when you go out for walks.

Mobility is also great for helping pets maintain an active lifestyle or for those that enjoy activities like hunting and agility.  This product includes a blend of Eastern herbs for healing as well as Elk Velvet Antler to support and maintain:

  • Long term health
  • Joint mobility
  • Normal stamina and endurance
  • Healthy immune system
  • Normal blood cell health
  • Normal function and health of the kidneys
  • Eye function
  • Proper body functions and overall quality of life

Whether you plan to travel by car or plane, there are many things that you may need to consider in order to make the ride pleasant for everyone.  Here are a few things to consider when traveling:We want to make sure that our dogs have positive and comfortable experiences while traveling, especially during this time of year when we want to visit family and friends for holiday gatherings.  The cold weather can greatly affect how your dog feels during a long drive.  We have some great tips that may assist you and your family to help make it to your next destination safely and at ease.

  • undercover dogAm I traveling by plane or car?
  • Is my pooch comfortable with riding by car or plane?
  • Is my pooch comfortable in a harness, crate, etc?
  • Is my hotel or family okay with me traveling with my dog?
  • Does my dog have anxiety or get sick while traveling?

Remember, when it comes to traveling this holiday season you and your pet and not on your own. BARF World can ship your order while you are away on vacation within the Continental U.S.  Just remember to stay prepared when you are ready to hit the road so you can enjoy the holidays together.


ggggMonica is a mother of 2 kids and 2 tabby cats. Though her parents never allowed pets growing up, she has always been an animal lover. Her 2 cat’s are fans of the BARF Diet. When asked what convinced her to go with a raw diet for her pet’s, she replies, “I was a big believer of processed dry food but after seeing such an amazing difference in my cat’s coat and energy, I knew that the BARF diet was the way to go.

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