BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. This is a new diet trend in dog food. The idea is that you feed your dog raw meats, grains and vegetables as they would have millions of years ago. This is very similar to the idea of the Paleo Diet, which is to eat as our ancestors did before the age of metal. It is also similar to the raw food diet that many people have started doing.
This diet plan is not recommended. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is not on board with BARF. Citing a number of studies, the AVMA’s policy discourages feeding raw or undercooked animal proteins as they contain potentially deadly pathogens that not only can sicken your pet but also can be transmitted to humans.
If you are wanting to put your dog on BARF, please consult your veterinarian about the risks and learn the signs and symptoms of potential illness associated with this diet.
Vetco will be posting many homemade dog food recipes in the coming future, but we recommend that you thoroughly cook all foods you give to your dog.