What does BARF mean and what is in it?

A common question we get from new clients is, “what does BARF mean and what is in it?”. This post is here to answer that question.

BARF is an anagram for two different phrases related to pet food, or more commonly, dog food. They are “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”, and “Bones and Raw Food”. Either way, both stand for natural, raw food ingredients.

BARF dog food mirrors the natural dietary habits of our dogs’ wild ancestors. This diet emphasises feeding dogs raw, unprocessed ingredients that align with their evolutionary history. The fundamental components of BARF dog food include raw meat, bones, vegetables, and fruits, all contributing to a holistic and balanced nutritional profile.

  1. Raw Meat: The cornerstone of BARF dog food is raw meat. It serves as an abundant source of high-quality protein, essential amino acids, and vital enzymes. Options include beef, poultry, lamb, kangaroo, venison, boar, duck and fish. Many BARF meals may include a blend of meats to balance protein and fat ratios. Raw meat offers the spectrum of nutrients that support muscle development and overall well-being for dogs.
  2. Bones: Raw bones in a BARF diet provides dogs with dental benefits and essential minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Portioned or prepared BARF meals usually include ground bones. This is so dogs don’t miss out on the minerals that bones provide.If you want to provide the dental benefits to a dog when they chew on bones, that is fine. A bone is a good chew toy for a dog too. It is part of their innate instinct to chew. You might just check with us first for advice on the best way to include extra bones in your dog’s diet.
  3. Vegetables: A variety of vegetables, ranging from leafy greens to carrots, can be included to provide essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. These plant-based elements contribute to a well-rounded diet, aiding in digestion and supporting various bodily functions.
  4. Fruits: Adding fruits like apples, berries, and melons introduces a burst of natural antioxidants and vitamins that promote immune health. They also bring a flavour variety to your dog’s meals.
  5. Supplements: In some cases, supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals can be integrated to ensure a comprehensive nutritional spectrum is met. This can enhance your dog’s vitality and overall health too.For each product on our website, you can find a list of ingredients that are included in our BARF meals. You can also choose between ready to serve portion packs, or 1kg rolls which take up less freezer space.

    Along with the raw dog food options, you can also buy sardines for dogs, brisket bones and treats to compliment or complete most diets your vet may recommend for your dog.

    If you have any questions about the raw dog food we deliver on the Sunshine Coast, then simply contact us for a chat today.