Barfen in the dog: What to look for when feeding fresh meat?

"Back to fresh meat" is the credo of the Barf supporters - "Barf" stands for "Biologically appropriate raw feeding". But raw meat alone is not enough for this type of dog nutrition. Vegetables and other foods are also included. Find out the most important tips for bartending here. This dog loves raw meat - Shutterstock / Phil Stev

Barfen is a feeding method for dogs, in which processed and cooked food is completely avoided. Instead, the menu primarily includes raw meat, bones and vegetables. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of playing a bass and how do I play properly? You can find out in the following:

What is barking in dogs and where does the idea come from?

The barfen diet is from the United States. It is no longer possible to exactly determine when he first appeared. The abbreviation "Barf" originally stood for "Born-Again Raw Feeders".

Then she was explained with "Bones and Raw Food" - "Bones and Raw Food". That describes the content of the feeding method relatively simply. In German, Barf is mostly explained with "organic raw feed" or "organic raw feed".

The basic idea in bartending is that raw feed contains more nutrients than processed feed. A large part of the vitamins and minerals are destroyed during cooking and further processing of the food, according to the Barf advocates.

Barfen: What can the dog eat?

The nutritional method is based on the original eating habits of wolves and other wild dogs. When barking, the dog eats raw fresh meat - including the bones - as well as raw, pureed vegetables and fruit. Dairy products for dogs, eggs and various oils also come into the bowl during raw feeding.

Suitable fruits and vegetables for dogs at the barf are for example:

● carrots
● fennel
● Beetroot
● spinach
● Kohlrabi
● bananas
● apples
● apricots
● strawberries

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Which meat is suitable if you want to bark dogs with it?

Offal such as rumen and other ruminant stomachs are digestible, very rich in vitamins and are enthusiastically accepted by most dogs. Green rumen is particularly healthy, but because of its smell it can be an olfactory challenge for dog owners. Good barf meat is muscle meat from beef, lamb or poultry. You can also bark dogs with unusual types of meat such as horses, kangaroos or antelopes.

On the other hand, absolute no-go is raw meat from pork or wild boar. Cats and dogs can catch the rare but fatal Aujeszky disease. Offal such as liver and kidney are nutrient-rich, but should only be fed once a week because they also contain many pollutants as filter organs. They are also difficult to digest and can lead to diarrhea in large quantities.

Which oil for dogs can be in the bowl with the barf?

Certain oils and fats in the feed are also important for dog health. Generally well-tolerated and nutrient-rich include:

● Fish oils, for example salmon, cod or cod oil
● linseed oil
● hemp oil
● rapeseed oil

How much raw food does my dog ​​need?

The dog food used in bartending is between 70 and 80 percent meat, bones and offal. The remaining 20 to 30 percent consist of pureed vegetables and fruit. An adult dog needs 2 to 3 percent of its body weight per day, divided into several servings. A 20 kg dog should therefore be given 400 to 600 grams of food a day.

However, for safety reasons, contact your veterinarian before changing your diet. He can help you calculate the right amount of food for your dog. The vet can also tell you how much energy and what nutrients your dog needs. Because, unlike canned feed, you have to know exactly how much energy the feed provides and what nutrients it contains.

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However, there is also criticism of the method: Some veterinarians suspect that barbs can cause deficiency symptoms, gastrointestinal problems and other health problems. You see the difficulty in the individual portioning of the individual nutritional components according to the needs of the dog.

For safety reasons, you should therefore only start with the bass after consulting the veterinarian. This can not only give you general tips on fresh meat feeding, it also knows what exactly your darling needs. After all, the food must be tailored to the dog breed, age and of course the health of the dog.

Advocates of this nutritional method often list the following as advantages:

Barf is a species-appropriate dog food: The bark corresponds to the evolutionary origin of the dog. Because the feeding method comes close to the nutrition of wolves, the ancestors of the four-legged friends.
Only healthy ingredients in the feed: The owner knows exactly what ends up in the dog bowl when bartending. No unnecessary chemistry, no waste products and no flavor enhancers.
Less feces thanks to barf: Compared to dry and wet food, dogs can better utilize raw meat. This means that there are no longer as many waste products and the amount of faeces is reduced.
Healthy digestion: Barf can also contribute to healthy dog ​​digestion. Flatulence, for example, can be alleviated in the long term or even avoided.
Dog smells better: If you do everything right when you are playing, your dog will get all the nutrients he needs and no unnecessary additives. This makes his fur more beautiful and the typical dog smell is less intense.
Barfen is good for dental health: Bones, which are an integral part of bartending, act like a kind of tooth cleaning. In this way, tartar, gingivitis and bad breath can be prevented.

Dogs barking for beginners: how do I bark properly?

Would you like to bark your dog but do not know exactly how to start feeding raw meat? Here are five useful tips on how to switch your four-legged friend to the BARF method.

1. Make yourself smart beforehand

Before you start barbefing, find out thoroughly about your four-legged friend's nutritional requirements and the process of dog digestion. In addition, you must be familiar with the hygiene when buying and storing meat.

If your dog needs special nutrition due to illness or physically demanding activities, you should also take this into account. It is best to talk to your vet about this.

2. Allow enough time

Take your time to change your diet. First, your four-legged friend has to get used to the new food. On the other hand, barfen also requires a lot of effort. You now have to buy raw meat for your dog regularly, store it properly and prepare it.

3. Inform about the dog's individual nutritional requirements

Also find out about your dog's nutritional needs. So you can choose the right meat, dairy products, eggs, vegetables and fruit for raw feeding. In some cases it may be necessary to add additives to the barf. For example, if your dog does not tolerate certain foods or has a certain chronic illness. Then there may be an increased need for nutrients.

4. Feed the bones carefully

Wild wolves like to gnaw at any type of bone or suck out the marrow, but you should only serve selected high quality bones to your dog. Bones from young animals that are not porous and do not splinter are particularly suitable for bartending. On the other hand, you should never feed chicken bones, as they can splinter and easily injure your dog.

5. Check the digestion

When you first start barking your dog, be sure to keep an eye on its digestion. If you tend to have diarrhea after changing your diet or if the feces are too hard, you should consult your veterinarian. Keep an eye on your four-legged friend even after a successful change in diet. If anything seems unusual to you, your veterinarian can always help you.

However, if your dog looks healthy and alert after the switch to barking, has a shiny coat and shows no other abnormalities, you have done everything right with regard to his physical condition and behavior.

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  • person

    12-01-2018 02:01:30

    GabrielaWin: I have a Jack Russel Terrier lady who is almost 18 years old. She has been suffering from kidney disease for almost 4 years and has unfortunately lost her spleen due to external influences, since it was bruised after a stranger's kicks, it had to be removed. From then on it went quickly with health. She has had cardiac medication for support for a good 3 years, so I started looking for food where she could lose weight but without wheat. If there was only one with every change in packaging, there was less and less meat in it. So more feed that had no wheat in it for oils that she no longer had and got a liver infection. You fight your way up. Only I was kept silent and I only found out 2 years ago that she is actually kidney sick, so another medication. Now I leave it on that it is only 85% for liver and only 15% for the kidney. But the liver is ok again. So now she's getting kidney drops made from wild garlic juice. Then last January came a vertico (spinning sensation) with a stroke in the brain stem. She got through and wanted to live. Only then did I have to go through 3 major operations myself and lay in bed for 4 months. She always stayed on my side and lived on. When I was able to go for a walk with her again, I felt that she got tartar nastily from it, and I checked my blood and that was when I found out that Jacky was really kidney sick. I said to the animal doctor de dog is not an expert picker. So I started adding fresh meat to the mix of 3 different dry foods and slowly retouching the dry food and mixing it with flakes. That went well until she got bloated again. When I removed the dog pile on our now blind and deaf dog lady a safe meadow to remove her pile I saw that my Jacky carrots and rice flakes could no longer be digested. Then I said stop; now she is fed like our dogs used to be. Fresh beef with mashed potatoes without salt from time to time an egg in it and because she loved her dry food so much 15 gr. Unfortunately she now gets 2 more medications, her fur looks great and when she goes for a walk she has started to putter after mice with a snout too. So your feed is now like this. Mix flakes with hot water, some potato puree in it, your powdered midicamaments, good 40 fresh meat, a mineral powder that contains no phosphorus or sodium and a little Vit. B to give it strength again. Unfortunately she is weather sensitive like me and when it rains or storms like snow she sleeps a lot more. But she wants to live. Still runs the 15 levels up and down very skillfully. Do a big dance when she gets her food and voluntarily gives her post. Unfortunately, your brain sometimes suffers, but I will surely find a solution here. Ausse she doesn't want to live anymore and gives up then I'll accompany and redeem her. Report abuse
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    20-01-2015 11:01:50

    chrisbach121: The pseudo-rage (also pseudorabies, pseudolyssa, itchy plague, itchy plague, infectious bulbous paralysis, mad scabies, Aujeszky disease, Aujeszky disease, Aujeszky disease; English: mad itch) is a less animal-related pathogen caused by the Aujeszky virus People. The pathogen belongs to the family of herpes viruses, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, genus Varicellovirus. It is also called pseudorabies virus (PRV) or suides herpes virus 1 (SHV-1). Its actual host is pigs (Latin: Suidae), hence the name of the virus. The disease is named after the Hungarian veterinarian Aladár Aujeszky. Epidemiology and symptoms The infection is fatal in almost all mammals. However, primates and humans are not susceptible to the virus. In pigs, it runs as a cyclical general infection with virus spreading through lymphatic and blood vessels and nerves. The central nervous system and the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract are preferred organs of manifestation. As with all herpes infections, there is a latent (usually life-long) infection in SHV-1 in pigs, which is reactivated especially under stress. Cattle, dogs, cats and sheep quickly develop an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord with central nervous symptoms, in cattle and dogs itchiness and then death of the animal. All of these so-called “end hosts” never excrete the virus and must have been infected by pigs (possibly also by contaminated equipment, dirty boots and so on). Suckling piglets show neuronal symptoms with ataxias and cramps, usually they die within a few days. Pigs over four weeks old survive the disease, they are the main hosts of the virus. Younger pigs still show neuronal symptoms, fattening pigs show respiratory symptoms. The disease leads to large losses in pig production companies on the one hand due to piglet mortality, and on the other hand through the reduced daily gain and the associated extended fattening periods. The infection takes place via direct (from pig to pig) or indirect contact (truck not cleaned, feed suppliers, visitors), in rare cases also via the air. The most common sources of infection are purchased latently infected breeding animals (change of location = stress = reactivation) or infected fattening piglets. Combating pseudo-anger is subject to notification and is being fought by the state in many countries. Remediation measures include monitoring the pig population through regular blood tests, sanctions such as closure of farms and culling. There is also the possibility of vaccination, which is used successfully in heavily contaminated areas, but it only protects against the symptoms (no losses for the farmers), not against infection. Vaccinated animals can also have latent herpes infections and, if necessary, introduce them into an unvaccinated population. Vaccination must therefore be banned in officially recognized virus-free countries (e.g. in Switzerland). A major danger is the introduction of the disease by wild boars into species-appropriate pig holdings (with an outdoor run). Countries in Europe that are free of pseudo-rage In 2004, countries in Europe that were free of pseudo-rage: Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland , Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Republic of Cyprus The information above relates primarily to domestic pigs, cases of Aujeszky's disease in wild boar can also occur in countries whose domestic pig population is not affected by the disease. In Germany and Austria, sporadic deaths of hunting dogs are known that are infected with the virus during wild boar hunting.1 In NRW, for example, approximately 10% of wild boars are virus carriers.2 It can be assumed that similar values ​​apply to neighboring or other countries. So there is a mistake when barking: Never feed pork raw :) Report abuse
  • 30-04-2014 21:04:50

    nadinelau35: To Christa: Such a cute dog and best regards back. I can only say from experience that bargen is good for every dog. Many of my friends do it and they think that their dogs have been much healthier and fitter since then. Report abuse
  • 15-04-2014 21:04:40

    biancasturmer16: Thanks for this article. I am thinking about salvaging my dog. I want to prepare everything myself so that I know what's in the food. My dog ​​has a very sensitive stomach and does not tolerate a lot of food. I've already heard about the pork. A very important info. Report abuse
  • 13-04-2014 06:04:30

    christatetour: Greetings .justin from vienna report abuse
  • 03-03-2014 23:03:17

    barbel scarf: barbel is wonderful. Dogs particularly like that. At least you know what the dog has on the plate. Report abuse
  • 29-07-2013 13:07:00

    lauragartne: I also considered whether I should start playing with my dog. So far I have not dared. I'm a little afraid that my little one will not tolerate the raw meat. Have you already had good experiences with it? Respectively. what speaks for the bass? Report abuse
  • 29-07-2013 11:07:46

    susannekell: I started playing bass 2 years ago. At first there were some problems because my dog ​​did not tolerate the raw meat well. But after I had a thorough discussion with my veterinarian about the topic, it works wonderfully. The pork thing is really important information. Imagine what can happen if you don't know that. Report abuse
  • 28-04-2013 18:04:04

    michaelschi: I don't think much of the bass. I tried it on my dog ​​and he couldn't take it. I then switched back to normal dry food. However, I have heard from many other dog owners that their dogs barked very well. Report abuse
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    26-04-2013 17:04:18

    johannawechseller: It is very good to know that you cannot feed pork when you are playing. I didn't know that before. I've always been a little skeptical about this topic. So far I have always bought normal dog food from the supermarket. That should change now. Report abuse
  • 04-02-2013 20:02:31

    mariezener: Thanks for revising the article! I agree with this version :-) Report abuse
  • 02-02-2013 12:02:39 Hello Marie, thank you for your watchful eye - we will take your comment to heart and research the relevant information. Report abuse
  • 01-02-2013 23:02:56

    mariezener: Very superficial and bad article! To list pork as feed meat, the grossest mistake, everyone who is even a little bit concerned with dog nutrition knows that pork is absolutely taboo, at worst it can be fatal for the dog! To stir up fear of Salmonella - unnecessary because of mischief! And just adding grain as an addition is also wrong; Cereals should only be added in moderation, it is even possible to dispense with the urgently needed vegetables or fruit, here you can read nothing. Whoever wrote this article has absolutely no idea about the bartender and has not informed himself. Report abuse