The popularity of the raw food diet is steadily on the rise. Racing greyhounds and sled dogs have been eating a raw food diet for a many years. It has only extended into the family home within the last 20 years or so.
In 1993, an Australian veterinarian named Ian Billinghurst suggested the BARF diet (Bones And Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). He suggested that adult canines would thrive on an evolutionary diet based on what they ate before they became domesticated, which was raw meat, bones and vegetable scraps.
There are many benefits of the raw food diet that supporters promote. These are:
- Shinier coats
- Healthier skin
- Cleaner teeth
- Higher energy levels
- Smaller stools
Since 1993 several types of raw dog food diets have materialised. These include commercially available raw foods that are frozen and freeze-dried and also combination foods that use blends of grains vegetables and vitamins that are mixed with raw meat.
A raw food diet usually consists of
- Muscle meat, this is often found still on the bone
- Bones, whole or ground
- Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
- Raw eggs
- Fresh vegetables such as broccoli spinach and celery
- Apples and other fresh fruits
- Some dairy including yogurt
Feeding your dog a raw food diet will provide them with all of the essential vitamins, minerals and proteins that they need in order to live a healthy and active life. All of the complete meals available at Superpet Warehouse are made from 100% British human grade ingredients.