Beyond Kibble:
The Raw Diet for Dogs

The Raw Diet for Dogs really is only feeding your pet raw food. Some people include raw bones.

Raw Diet or B.A.R.F. Diet

Why a Raw Diet?

The Raw Diet is also known as the B.A.R.F. Diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or "Bones and Raw Food”)
Developed by Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst.

Give Your Dog a Bone

In it's "purest" state it’s raw food, raw eggs, veggies, whole
fish (yes, raw) raw bones and meats—no
kibble/canned food, nothing cooked, just raw “people food”.

Shirley Miller from PA, said her St. Benard, Lucas, had terrible allergies but within 2 weeks of feeding him a RAW diet he had more energy and a silkier looking coat.

St Benard pup


This is a controversial feeding practice (I've heard there are support groups) not every vet supports it and many books have been written about it.

There’s possible bacteria in the bones, hence the controversy.

But those that love it, wouldn't go back!

They say their dog has more energy, better health, arthritis and allergies are gone and more.

Naysayers say it’s too dangerous.

You be the judge.

Some of the potential benefits of the Raw Diet for dogs include getting your pet back to a more natural diet so their bodies don't have to work as hard to process their food.

After all, before we brought our dogs inside and gave them satin pillows to lie on, they chased rabbits through the woods and when they caught them, they enjoyed them on the spot--the original "fast food".

The Raw Diet is more natural than a diet of processed kibble and canned dog foods.

Ted from Minnesota said "Feeding RAW, gave our Lucy her life back. Before RAW she had chronic hot spots and itched all the time, she just lay around and chewed on herself. After my wife discovered the RAW Diet, Lucy's like a puppy again."

Here's What's Said About the RAW Diet for Dogs:


  • More natural than processed foods

  • Cleaner teeth

  • Less chronic pain/disease
  • Possible longer life span

  • Less exposure to pesticides and preservatives in processed foods

  • Cons

  • Opponents warn of possible bacteria in the bones-this can compromise the immune system
  • Not as convenient as dry or canned food

  • Making sure you “get it right” and your pet is receiving all the nutrients he/she needs

  • Research is necessary

    Give Your Dog A Bone by Ian Billinghurst, the originator of the Raw Diet for dogs or B.A.R.F.

    Three Types of Raw Meat Diets:

    Commercial frozen raw food diets, simple and convenient it is meant to be a complete and balanced raw diet. Just thaw and feed!

    Homemade Raw Diet: 60% raw, meaty bones and 40% veggies, dairy and some organs like liver. Could be tricky to get the balance right.

    Combination: Raw meat mixed with store-bought grain and supplements.

    Getting Started

    If you’d like to get started with the raw diet, but don’t really know where to go and want convenience, you might try a frozen version available from Only Natural Pet

    I've been feeding Baggins the frozen chicken medallions mixed with his kibble with a little olive oil drizzled over it. I don't know if it's the combination or just luck but his coat has never been softer. And he LOVES the chicken medallions.

    You can also order frozen raw bones

    Frozen Turkey Bones

    If you want to read up on the BARF diet,Ian Billinghurst, the vet who developed it has published two books about BARF: Give Your Dog a Bone and Grow Your Pups with Bones. There are other good resources available too.

    Give Your Dog a Bone

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