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Why Raw, Why Not Raw

Published on September 28, 2009 by in BARF

Such an important decision like this should come after a diligent search on the internet, reviewing company sales literature, and scanning customer testimonials and reviews. This way, once the decision is made to switch your dog or cat to a raw food diet you are more likely to stay on this course because you understand the importance and benefits of this decision. After 33 years manufacturing, selling and observing the beneficial results of this type of diet choice for your dog or cat I feel qualified to render the following opinions on your choice.

Why Raw

  • Improved dental hygiene
  • Cleans teeth and makes breath fresher and
    eliminates doggie odor.
  • Much less stools produced – firm consistency, and turn chalky after a couple
    of days. Indicator of good future health.
  • Decreased or non-existant vet bills (your
    dogs are healthier and don’t need treatment)
  • Reasonable cost compared to a premium
    dry food.
  • Slows down growth of muscle and bone
    development in growing pups.
  • Higher activity level because the animal feels
    better and utilizes nutrients better.
  • Improved immune system that helps to relieve
    allergies and arthritis.
  • Elimination of soluble carbohydrates in dry
    food yields better weight control
  • Extended longevity
  • Better breeding success
  • Provides living enzymes and phyto-nutrients that
    are normally destroyed in heat processed food.

Why not raw

  • Possible higher bacterial concern
  • Less convenient to feed than a kibble diet
  • Possible higher cost
  • Travel limitations with frozen food
  • Increased learning curve required

Maybe it is time to weigh the advantages and benefits in order to make a better diet choice.

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  1. Sue

    I couldn’t agree more. As a dog trainer I have seen the benefits of a raw food diet on making a positive change to dog’s behaviour lots of times. The second question I ask someone when they call seeking advice is “what do you feed your dog” (the first is “what is the dog doing?” of course!). I have found that dogs that are fed processed foods have a higher rate of unwanted behaviour, like barking, digging and chewing. They are less settled and more anxious. Sometimes I can’t get to see a client for a week or so but I always recommend they start to change their dog’s diet before I get there. Most of the time, there is less for me to do when I do arrive because the dog has settled down and its behaviour is improving!

  2. Good Morning Sue,
    You sound like a true believer in our philosophy. We are passionate about finding people willing to spread the word about raw feeding. Have you ever considered becoming one of our distributors. If you think that might fit into your program then please call me at 1-715-445-3238 and I will share with you the opportunity. Thanks for your support to what we are doing.

  3. Margaret

    All that I am reading about BARF speaks about feeding dogs.

    I have a wonderful cat! She was a rescued feral. she prefers ccatching her own mice (we had a very bad infestation of them), and when they are available she prefers them to “cat food.” She is in much better condition – in every way – when she can get mice.

    Can you tell me how to adapt the BARF diet to feed to a cat? I would prefer to prepare my own if possible.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Margaret,
      Your cat knows best what is best for them. It is obvious that mice are a balanced meal for them. My suggestion for you is to feed our patties( chicken) and add 25% more protein source such as chicken wings. A cat is an obligate carnivore and as such needs more protein than your dog formulas offer. If you prefer to make you own homemade diet then you can do that but you need to be sure to source all the ingredients needed to make a balanced and complete formula. Many consumers have trouble locating all the ingredients needed to balance their ration but if you are comfortable doing that then be sure to have the protein levels raised accordingly. Personally I think that feeding the patties we offer and adding the wings would be the easiest and best scenario for you. This assures you a formula that will do the best for your pet.
      Hope this helps,
      Rob Mueller

  4. Shelby

    I’ve to attest that BARF is the way to go. My husband and I adopted a senior dog last year and she had dry nose / skin, was about 10 lb overweight. She is just the sweetest but may not be as energetic (and we thought it’s just her being an 8 year old). We kept her on the low-fat kibble deal and no treats. It was a really strict diet and loads of exercise but yet she remained pudgy.

    We switched her over to BARF early this year and have yielded amazing results. What we thought was normal for dogs to have (i.e., doggy smell and breath) disappeared, and her crusty nose and paw pads are now really smooth. And she now has a nice trim waist and is 10 lb lighter. Now our 9-year old pup has energy that seems to be more like a dog half her age (except if we overdo playing fetch).

  5. Thank you Shelby for the wonderful testimonial. It is the results that we are after and that is what keeps us going in our quest to feed the nations dogs more appropriately. We appreciate the help in spreading the word about raw feeding. It keeps us going!

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