Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) Updated on: March 26th, 2019

BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) is an alternative raw diet designed to provide dogs with a modified homemade diet that consists of raw meat and bones, as well as vegetables and fruit while eliminating all processed foods and grains. A complete BARF diet for dogs consists of 70% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ, and 10% vegetables and fruit.

why we feed

Although meat, organ and bone are essential in a raw diet, some raw feeders choose to feed fruits and veggies as well, however, these items should never become a large portion of the diet. The type of fruit and vegetables you feed is crucial as well as the way they are prepared. For example feeding grapes is toxic, so it's important to know what is safe and what is actually beneficial as a part of your dog's diet.

how to feed

Since dogs do not have the teeth, jaw structure, or salivary enzymes to begin the digestion process in the mouth, the veggies and fruit you feed need to be pureed, steamed, or fermented so that the nutrients are absorbed and easy to break down. Fruits, and especially vegetables, are almost impossible to break down when in their whole form so feeding them raw and whole defeats the purpose of feeding them at all.

Additional info

It has been proven that wolves and domestic dogs have eaten plant based items, but the amount documented was 5 – 8% and less than the overall diet. If you choose to allow plant-based items in your dog’s diet, the maximum amount your dog should receive is 10% (7% should be veggies and 3% should be fruits). Again, be sure to puree, steam or ferment them!