B.A.R.F. 101

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:50 pm

hmmm...I'll have to look into getting chicken feet (once I make sure he can do chicken)

We have been having a hell of a time...well more me since I am pretty confident that he doesn't care if he has diarrhea all over my carpet roflmao
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby kaytenmags » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:53 pm

you can get duck feet too, if he can eat duck. my dog just seems to prefer the chicken feet, they're crunchier.

hope you've got a good carpet cleaner! best thing i've ever bought was one of those little bissell green machine things. i knew my white carpet was on borrowed time from day one. on the meet n greet, the girl from the rescue group brought the dog by for a home check, and well... mags walked right past the tile foyer and had completely liquid tapass all over the carpet. we spent the meet n greet cleaning carpet. and yet, for some reason, i decided to keep her.... lol
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby pitbullgirlbc » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:59 pm

Where do you pick up boneless trim? I mean this dog will eat raw chicken breast, and raw stew beef, and loves his raw bones....especially parading in front of the cats with them. In all honesty i think it is the texture of the ground up stuff that he hates and the smell of the veggies.
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:18 am

pitbullgirlbc wrote:Where do you pick up boneless trim? I mean this dog will eat raw chicken breast, and raw stew beef, and loves his raw bones....especially parading in front of the cats with them. In all honesty i think it is the texture of the ground up stuff that he hates and the smell of the veggies.


For the turkey much of what I have right now is from trimming down wings to 1/2 lb weight from when I was feeding 2 meals. This weekend I am buying a 40lb box through a supplier on a raw group. I also have a bunch of boneless venison. For pork I have used pork shoulder roast, tenderloin cuts and chops(boneless). I can say that I haven't always been the most economically smart. I try and get stuff on sale, etc and stock up....but with the issues we have had there have been times I have had to pay more for stuff. We are definitely not at the point that I can just feed whatever falls out of the freezer as they say!
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby kaytenmags » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:15 am

pitbullgirlbc wrote:Where do you pick up boneless trim? I mean this dog will eat raw chicken breast, and raw stew beef, and loves his raw bones....especially parading in front of the cats with them. In all honesty i think it is the texture of the ground up stuff that he hates and the smell of the veggies.

i don't feed veggies. prey model = no veggies.
most of the boneless trim i have is wild game, and that i got from hunters last season (it was a GOOD season).
i do get a fair bit of boneless pork on occasion, when the pork picnic roasts come on sale. last time they were cheap ($0.77/lb!!!) i got a chunk that was about 27lbs. seriously, it was HUGE. i cut it down into smaller chunks and packed it in the freezer. it was fun to purchase tho. everyone looks at you funny when you buy such large chunks of meat. i mean, what does a 'normal' person do with a chunk that big?! it certainly wouldn't fit in any roaster i've ever seen...

the only ground i feed (which isn't much), i stuff into kongs and freeze.
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby kellienurse » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:00 pm

whoa....started reading over this thread...I"m overwhelmed and confused. I'm debating wheather to home cook my dogs meals or try the B.A.R.F. but I wouldn't have a clue where to find a ox tail or kelp or this green tripe or whatever lol y'all were talking about. After reading up on commercial dog food though I know I don't want to feed that anymore. I've just always heard don't feed dogs chicken bones they will splinter and also I have read where someone said beef rib bones can splinter...I have 2 small yorkie mix dogs, one who is not a good chewer at all, as a matter of fact he acts like it hurts to chew on hard dog food so I usually have to buy the small mini bites so don't know how he will do with bones but my other 2 absolutely love bones. Occasionally I would get smoked bones and feed them but from what I hear I shouldn't even give them smoked...they should only be raw. So where to start?? Can I just go buy raw and start feeding them or do I need to slowly incorporate this into their diets?
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:36 pm

I feed prey model which is Meat, bones and organ 80/10/10

I don't feed any tripe, etc.

You can switch cold turkey, but do a lot of research before you start so you know what you are doing. There are several other posts in this section in addition to this thread. Just search RAW. I know I have a couple semi-recent ones since we switched in the fall.
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby buckaroo » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:39 pm

kellienurse wrote:whoa....started reading over this thread...I"m overwhelmed and confused. I'm debating wheather to home cook my dogs meals or try the B.A.R.F. but I wouldn't have a clue where to find a ox tail or kelp or this green tripe or whatever lol y'all were talking about. After reading up on commercial dog food though I know I don't want to feed that anymore. I've just always heard don't feed dogs chicken bones they will splinter and also I have read where someone said beef rib bones can splinter...I have 2 small yorkie mix dogs, one who is not a good chewer at all, as a matter of fact he acts like it hurts to chew on hard dog food so I usually have to buy the small mini bites so don't know how he will do with bones but my other 2 absolutely love bones. Occasionally I would get smoked bones and feed them but from what I hear I shouldn't even give them smoked...they should only be raw. So where to start?? Can I just go buy raw and start feeding them or do I need to slowly incorporate this into their diets?

It probably does hurt your Yorkie to chew. They have notoriously bad teeth. Has he had them looked at lately? I fostered one recently who at 3 years old needed to have all his teeth removed in 4 different dental procedures.
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby kellienurse » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:50 pm

Yep he goes to vet at least every 6 months and I voiced my concerns to him and they said his teeth looked fine. He has always been like that though, even as a puppy. I am a nurse, and thinking of how humans have evolved over the years... our ancestors who just went and killed a cow and dug their potatoes and ate them were far less healthy than we are. Now our diets have added vitamins and minerals to our foods. Many diseases of years ago are no longer present due to our more complete nutritional intake. Our life expectancy has increased as our knowledge about nutrition has expanded, not to mention advances in medical care. I think I will feed more than raw bones/meat but it is surely a vast improvement over any processed kibble. I've got to do some serious research though. Just found the article about border collie in MD who was raised on a vegan diet, 27yrs old....interesting. I won't be turning my dogs vegan though lol
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby kellienurse » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:51 pm

I see now what the kelp is for...all the nutrients and minerals. Where in the heck am I going to find kelp?
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby El_EmDubya » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:26 pm

kellienurse wrote:... our ancestors who just went and killed a cow and dug their potatoes and ate them were far less healthy than we are.


This is up for debate as longevity calculations can include and exclude specific populations to prove various points. Some studies are forecasting today's youth will die at a younger age than their parents specifically due to the lack of nutrition in the Standard American Diet: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2005/nia-16.htm

Just a word to the wise, don't let Big Business be your doctor because MBAs are not incented to provide sound nutrition, they are incentivized to provide predictable quarterly profits.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby kellienurse » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:27 am

I guess I need to buy a book. I read where some people just feed raw chickens, raw meaty bones, some people talking about grinding everything up, people adding veggies, people not adding veggies, adding Kelp. Seems like so many people do so many different things. I'm going to order the "Give your dog a bone" book tomorrow. I really hope this book tells me exactly what meat to feed, what to add to make sure my dog has all the minerals and amino acids and electrolytes and proteins they need. I want very specific directions, like a recipe. So is this the book I need to order to get that?
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:38 am

kellienurse wrote:I guess I need to buy a book. I read where some people just feed raw chickens, raw meaty bones, some people talking about grinding everything up, people adding veggies, people not adding veggies, adding Kelp. Seems like so many people do so many different things. I'm going to order the "Give your dog a bone" book tomorrow. I really hope this book tells me exactly what meat to feed, what to add to make sure my dog has all the minerals and amino acids and electrolytes and proteins they need. I want very specific directions, like a recipe. So is this the book I need to order to get that?



Did you read page 89? I believe that is where I mentioned feeding certain things. It is doubtful you are going to find what you are looking for as far as exactly what to feed or exact directions...as I mentioned on the previous page, every dog is different so there really can't be a certain feed this or that. It is all based on your own dog and what they tolerate, etc.

You need to decide if you want to feed prey model or BARF that is where the difference is in adding veggies and supplements, etc. Prey model does not involve veggies, supplements and the like. That is not to say that you can't add supplements, but you don't necessarily need to.

If you grind bones up you will not get the dental benefit of the bones or the mental stimulation of chewing, etc. There is no need to grind bones unless you are feeding a dog that has some type of dental issue and can not chew bone.
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby Kahlie » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:15 pm

kellienurse wrote:I guess I need to buy a book. I read where some people just feed raw chickens, raw meaty bones, some people talking about grinding everything up, people adding veggies, people not adding veggies, adding Kelp. Seems like so many people do so many different things. I'm going to order the "Give your dog a bone" book tomorrow. I really hope this book tells me exactly what meat to feed, what to add to make sure my dog has all the minerals and amino acids and electrolytes and proteins they need. I want very specific directions, like a recipe. So is this the book I need to order to get that?


Raw for animals, much like food for humans, is not a bland, regular, fit-for-all food.
In my experience, even kibble manufacturers recommend switching up between their lines/proteins, to make for a balanced/varied diet.

While recipe books exist for raw preparation, even still, one needs to do the legwork of research, learning, and adjusting accordingly.
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Everyone does it differently as everyone adjusts to their lifestyle, to the needs of the animals, and to what's available for them (and many other variables, actually)...

I tend to do prey model, but occasionally add BARF in there; I don't do prey model as whole, intact, prey, however. In an apartment building, that just doesn't work well for me...

FBODGRL - put it perfectly, you really do not need to grind. Most who do, I find, do it out of being squeamish for "Seeing" the meat...

That said, if you don't even want to worry about preparing it, there ARE manufactors out there who now market prepared raw...but... I'm not a fan of it, personally. And, it can get expensive from what I understand
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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:41 am

yeah the premade is way expensive...at least for a pit bull size dog IMO. I fed it to Khan a few weeks leading up to switching to prey model. I fed it for 1 meal and then the last week both meals. I had planned all the while to do prey model, but I knew after those few weeks the premade financially was not an option lol

I can also say that things have been going well for Khan, but we are now back into trying to add organ and even though I am doing it slow we had cannon butt last night. So as I have said before (I think in this thread) it may not always be as "simple" as some people make it seem. For their particular dog it may be simple and their dog may be able to tolerate things, etc. FOr Khan it has been on again off again easy lol I have cleaned up more accidents on the carpet after getting home from work than I would like to admit and had more nights of getting up and letting him out with cannon butt than I would like too. However for me the benefits he is getting in his allergies is worth it. I know/hope that eventually it will get easy, but keep in mind we are almost 6 months into this.
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