After over a year of feeding B.A.R.F., we no longer feed a raw food diet at snips. I found that the dogs were having some trouble digesting the raw chicken, and I was concerned enough to begin researching what might be happening. Please refer to an article entitled "Romancing the Bone," by Lisa Newman, N.D., Ph.D, for more information. We are again feeding a commercial kibble (Azmira, which is made from completely organic, human grade ingredients) with excellent results.
We suggest that you research the raw diet before you start. There is a lot of information available over the Internet (check our links page). I did see many benefits while the dogs were on this diet - particularly excellent dental hygiene, but have come to the conclusion that it is not the right diet for my dogs.
Your dog should receive 60 - 80% raw meaty bones and 24 - 40% of the veggie~meat mix. For Cats, feed 60 - 80% RMB's and 20 - 40% veggie meat mix, with the mix containing 15 - 20% veggies and 80 - 85% meat
Use chicken backs, necks, wings, turkey necks, lamb shanks, occasional beef femurs, ox and beef tails, pigs' feet & necks (freeze pork for 3 weeks prior to feeding). NO COOKED BONES!! Rinse to remove excess bacteria from surfaces before feeding.
This is merely a rough estimate! Each animal will be different, and you must pay close attention to your animal companion to determine the correct amounts for him/her. You should be able to feel but not see his/her ribs through a thin layer of fat.
lbs x 16 = 1440 ounces
½ small container plain yoghurt (active live culture)
Optional small amounts of very ripe fruits, dried fruits, cooked grains (rice, oatmeal, etc.), sardines, cottage cheese, raw fish (except salmon)
To each serving, add 1 capsule Cod Liver oil, 50 IU Vitamin E/10 lbs weight - maximum 400 IU daily, and Digestive enzymes containing cellulase (such as Prozyme).
Variety in meats and veggies is important!
Freeze any leftover mix in meal size patties
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