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Dogs and Life and Eating Choices (Raw Barf Diet)

The veterinarian waiting rooms are filled with a multitude of nutritional and degenerative health problems. Modern day pets have horrible teeth, rancid breath, severe arthritis or degenerative joint disease, cancers, diabetes, kidney failure, nasty greasy coats, and the list goes on and on. It is relatively similar to the human clinics that support the same or even worst conditions. What has happened in the last 50 years is attributed to the choices we make and the misguided advertisements that we see on all the news media.

Our fast paced world has evolved into a nutritional nightmare situation. The same mis-guided choices we make for ourselves are carried over into how we feed our pets. In many cases our pets end up looking like our care-takers because of the life style and diet choices we make. We have learned that premature aging is caused in large part by processed foods. The serious degenerative health conditions are being seen in younger and younger dogs. Excessive preventative health care measures and heat processed foods have slowly poisoned our pets to the point that it has become an epidemic situation.

The popularity of home-made raw food diets and the new introduction of raw meat based commercial prepared frozen foods have entered the scene. If we are to reverse the trend of deteriorating health conditions, it will be because of “going back to the simple- natures way of feeding”. If we follow the lessons of nature and let the animal exist on what it was designed to eat we can begin to revese the deteriorating trends of the last 50 years.

At BARF World I fend calls from hundreds of troubled consumers that are trying to learn better feeding habits for their pets. In this role, I gain first hand knowledge of the various concerns and problems that are causing the worst possible conditions in the animals consuming heat processed foods. I have spent a lifetime trying to train and educate consumers on the merits of raw feeding. Unless a giant trend is reversed, we will see an explosion of debilitating illnesses amoung our pet companions in the next 20 years. It will severely affect the future generations because of the decline in the immune system strength. The choices we make today will lay the foundation for future generations. The choices we make for ourselves are different than the choices we make for our pets. They don’t have a choice in most cases- we do.

Posted by Rob Mueller

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  1. Tucky's Mom

    I am in the process of switching over my 5-year old rescued cattle herder mix to a B.A.R.F. diet. Bottom line is she glares at me and only grudgingly eats the ground up or small pieces of meat and offal. She will not eat the bones. I try hacking the bones into smaller pieces – still no go. Any suggestions? Will she eventually eat her raw diet with as much relish as she used to eat her cooked food? Thank you.

    • I am in the prceoss of switching over my 5-year old rescued cattle herder mix to a B.A.R.F. diet. Bottom line is she glares at me and only grudgingly eats the ground up or small pieces of meat and offal. She will not eat the bones. I try hacking the bones into smaller pieces – still no go. Any suggestions? Will she eventually eat her raw diet with as much relish as she used to eat her cooked food? Thank you.

      • There are several factors that can lead to a slow conversion to raw. If your dog is older and has been on a kibble diet all it’s life it could be a challenge to convert. The fat sprays that are applied to a grain based kibble diet is like giving chocolate to a child. Once the taste for that has been developed it is harder to convert. They do the fat spray application in order to make a very bland diet palatable. Is it healthy for the dog?— long term no, along with all the other potentially harmful additives such as herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, and artificial supplements. In order to make the conversion you should use the slow conversion approach which we would be happy to share with you. You can find this information on our website at http://www.barfworld.com or you can reply to this blog with your e-mail address and I will forward you the information. We have experimented for years to find a diet that is nutritional complete and balanced and one that is best accepted by most dogs. You might like to try the commercially prepared patties before giving up on the conversion to raw. Hope this helps.
        Rob

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