What is BARF?

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and is used widely in pet food feeding conversations. Originally BARF stood for Bones and Raw Food diet, but bones of the weight-bearing variety have lost their place in many a dog's diets lately (please never give dogs cooked bones) so we now have biologically appropriate. So, what does that mean for the pet in your family?

In simple terms - and that's how we like things here at Brown Dawg - it means doing some research for your pet and learning what their physiological needs are. For example, cats are obligate carnivores and need protein, raw protein, ideally grass-fed, so they get the nutrients and enzymes their bodies do not automatically create.

Now, dogs ... well, they might now be obligate carnivores but they thrive on clean, nutrient-packed protein in their diet, and, in our humble opinion a few well-supervised bones is a great treat and plays an important role in teeth cleaning. Alternatively, brewing up a nutritious bone broth made with grass-fed beef bones is a tasty treat.

Importantly, biologically appropriate raw food is all about finding the right, natural, protein-packed, nutritious meal for your pet. Knowing how much to feed in any diet - including our own - needs to take into account the size, breed, activity level of your pet. You also need to consider your own lifestyle and how meal preparation, provision, and storage, fit with all the needs of your family.

Brown Dawg's Best Beef base is one part of the biologically appropriate diet - we provide the protein ... you do the rest. We don't tell anyone how to feed their pet. In fact, there is so much information out there (including one we really love Perfectly Rawsome) that can tell you how much and how often, we know you can find what works.

What we can tell you is that if you are wanting to join the BARF world, or already have, we have a beef base that is top quality - all fillet, no filler. We use the eye fillet, the sirloin, the rump, and the chuck steaks, along with organ meats to create a beef mince around which you can build a beautiful diet. Plus ... our beef is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised, humane practising farms in Georgia.

This makes Brown Dawg's beef a great choice for transitioning to raw and keeping as part of the ongoing diet. We believe we deliver a beef base you can trust.

If you have questions about a biologically appropriate diet let us know and we will do our best to help without offering veterinarian advice. Contact us now.

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