Suggestions for getting Started
with Raw Dog Food
The BARF diet consists mainly of raw meaty bones (approximately 50% bone/50% meat) and pulped vegetables and fruits mixed with raw organ meats (liver, heart and kidneys), yogurt, garlic and whole raw eggs. Supplements are added to supply the essential fatty acids. These oil supplements consist of cod liver oil (source of vitamin A), fish body oil and/or flax seed oil or ground flax seed meal (sources of omega 3 EFA's), olive oil, and oil of evening primrose (only once a week) - see sample recipe below. Other supplements include vitamins C and E, alfalfa powder, kelp powder, brewers yeast (source of vitamin B's) and apple cider vinegar. Dogs are fed their meat/veggie patties every third day and are fed whole raw meaty bones (chicken backs, necks and wings, turkey necks, pork and lamb neck bones) the other two days.
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Here is a nice Basic Raw Cat Food Recipe from the web, too.
Click here for some nice (but not really raw) Doggie Treats.
Basic Raw Dog Food Recipe
for a 20-25# dog
- 1/2 cup raw meat (ground poultry, beef, lamb, organ meats)
- 1/2 cup raw pureed vegetables (variety!)
- 1/4 cup cooked whole grains
- 1 teaspoon bonemeal powder (double for puppies and pregnancy)
- 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder with bioflavinoids (vitamin C)
- 1/4 teaspoon kelp powder
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (not powder)
- 1 teaspoon oil mixture (2 teaspoons with poutlry)
- 11 oz. canola oil (cold pressed)
- 2 oz. wheat germ oil
- 2 oz. flax oil
Keep refridgerated in an opaque container.
Some folks eliminate the grains and increase the meat and vegetables proportionately, and only add the oil if poultry is fed. The meat must be RAW. Dogs should be fed raw bones (cooked bones will splinter). Vegetables must be pureed or they will come out looking pretty much the same way they did going in. Wild canines get their vegetable matter by eating the digested intestinal contents of their vegetarian prey. Variety is essential to deliver the correct mix of vitamins and minerals.
Basic Cat Food Recipe
- 1300 g raw muscle meat (beef, chicken, lamb, quail, duck, etc., but not fish or pork!)
- 400 g heart
- 200 g liver (I alternate with kidneys)
- 100 g gizzards (excellent for a dental workout, which is important for teeth!)
- 600 g finely pulped or grated veggies (I mostly use carrots or plain pumpkin)
- spring water to desired consistency
- 4 eggs, lightly cooked
- 4 tbsp bonemeal
- approx. 60 drops of Liquid Trace Minerals
- 1000 mg vitamin C (calcium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, or Ester C: the amount is variable according to your cat's needs)
- 2 tsp salmon body oil
- 100-200 IU vitamin E added directly to a meal, once a week
Here are some great recipes for doggie treats. I know, these are now raw...but they’re only intended to replace those commercial products with ingredients that are much worse, and can be a nice way to transition to a more raw food diet. Remember, especially in the beginning, you don’t have to be 100% raw right away. I suggested starting at 75% raw, so your beloved pet isn’t forced to go through an uncomfortable detoxification all at once. An animal’s body needs time to readjust to a healthier diet, to cleanse, and to alkalize properly.
Magic Dane Cookies:
3/4 c. hot water or broth
1/3 c. margarine
1/2 c. powdered milk
1/2 t. salt (optional)
1 egg, beaten
3 c. whole wheat flour
In a large bowl, pour hot water over margarine. Stir in powdered milk, garlic powder, salt and egg. Add flour, 1/2 c. at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll out until 1/2" thick. Cut out shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Be careful not to allow them to burn! (I'd check them starting at 30 minutes). Allow to cool and dry out until hard.
Pick-a-Flavor Dane Cookies:
2 c. hot water or broth
2 T. molasses
2 T. honey
2 T. oil
1 c. raisins, peanut butter, shredded carrots, or parmesan cheese
Then gradually add 8 cups whole-wheat flour. Roll out to 1/2" thick, and cut into shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Be careful again, as they tend to burn. (These make a VERY stiff dough! Be ready to work those arms!)
Delightful Dane Beef Cookies:
1 pound beef
Carrots and Celery
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. wheat germ
garlic, to taste (hehehe)
2 teaspoons baking powder (optional)
Combine beef, carrots and celery in a large pot with lots of water. Cook until tender, drain and save broth. Puree meat and veggies in a food processor or blender. Add all the other ingredients. If mixture is too dry, add beef stock. Roll out on cornmeal until about 1/2 inch thick. Spray with water, and sprinkle with cornmeal. Cut out shapes. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes until crisp. Flip half way through and then spray with water, sprinkle with more cornmeal. Enjoy!
Dainty Dane Chicken and Parmesan Cookies:
1 pound chicken, cooked & ground
Carrots and Celery
2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. oatmeal
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. dry milk (optional)
6 Tbsp. melted butter (optional)
2 tsp. salt (optional)
1 Tbsp. sugar (optional)
garlic, to taste
Combine chicken, celery and carrots in a large pot with lots of water. Boil until tender. Drain and save broth. Puree meat and veggies in a food processor or blender. Add rest of the ingredients, if too dry, add chicken stock. Roll out on cornmeal about a 1/2 inch thick. Spray with water and sprinkle with cornmeal. Cut our shapes. Bake in a 350-degree oven on an ungreased cookie sheet for 45 minutes until crispy. Flip half way through, spray with water and sprinkle with cornmeal. Enjoy!
Banana Mutt Cookies:
1 1/2 c. ripe mashed bananas
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. oats
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
1/4 c. applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet; press flat with a fork. Bake for about 15 minutes, cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Thanks to everyone who created all the great web sites we compilked end edited for use here - you can find them listed on our BARF Links page.
Remember, this info is intended to get you started - when changing your pet’s feeding routines, please do as much research and education as you can so that all your choices are properly informed! There is a ton of info on the internet, and you can sign up with man Raw Pet e-mail lists, newsletters and web rings.
Check out this great raw pet FAQ sheet:
And here, for lots of great raw pet and BARF links:
http://www.angelfire.com/mi/romyldale/nutriti o n.html