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BARF – Suitable ingredients for raw feeding

Masters and mistresses who opt for raw feeding, have a wide range of options, the menu chosen for your animal is not only healthy and tasty, but also tailor made to suit your specifications. Because in the raw feeding, variety is a mandatory “must” in order to get all nutrients to your pet in their natural form. Sometimes thousands of ideas are not enough so try something new … In this article you will find new ideas for your meals/recipes, where you can be sure that the ingredients are well suited for your dog. We have described how to make the right portions in our article “BARF – Getting Started”. You will also find some ideas for delicious recipes and numerous tips on the right supplementary foods such as oils and herbs, which will help you to maintain a balanced nutritional plan.

Suitable ingredients for BARF feeding
Bones can splinter, it is essential that you feed bones under supervision! It is also important that you always feed all bones raw. Raw bones are softer, especially for juvenile dogs.  Bones that are cooked, fried or heated change their natural structure, they can splinter easily and thus cause serious injury or lead to intestinal obstruction (constipation)!

BARF - suitable meat recommendations

On the bone / crushed / minced.  Bones can splinter – feed under supervision!

Meat: Beef

  • lean meat
  • head meat (cheek meat)
  • diaphragm / bavette steak / skirt meat
  • neck meat
  • tongue
  • heart
  • leg discs (Beware: medullary cavity)
  • offal
  • liver
  • kidney
  • rumen (stomach/with content)
  • omasum (stomach)
  • spleen
  • lung
  • cartilage
  • oesophagus / throat (dissected)
  • larynx / throat (dissected)
  • trachea (dissected)
  • raw bones (the best are meaty bones – 50% meat /50% bone) NEVER feed warmed bones!
  • cattle sternum
  • veal sternum
  • oxtail
  • marrow bone (with caution!)
  • cattle leg
  • ribs
  • spine
  • shoulder
  • upper leg
Snacks (low nutritional value)
  • udder
  • testicles
  • beef chews
  • fur
  • skin
  • ears

Meat: Lamb

  • same cuts as for beef
  • beware – digestive tract (possibly parasitic load)

Meat: Goat

  • all parts
  • beware – digestive tract (possibly parasitic load)

Meat: Horse

  • same parts as for beef
  • Caution! long bones

Meat: Poultry

  • whole young chickens / chicks
  • whole young turkeys / chicks
  • whole young geese / chicks
  • whole young ducks / chicks
  • whole young doves
  • lean meat
  • breast
  • heart
  • stomach
  • offal
  • kidney
  • liver
  • lung
  • raw bones (preferably meaty bones – 50% meat / 50% bone) NEVER feed warmed bones!
  • wings (fleshy, with skin/bone (increases fat content)
  • thighs (fleshy, with skin/bone, increases fat content)
  • necks
  • back / carcasses with skin
  • ribs
  • Caution! Bones from older animals can splinter!
  • bone bones can splinter!

Meat: Rabbit / Hare

  • whole rabbits
  • whole hares
  • Caution! Offal (possibly parasitic load)
  • bones of older rabbits can splinter

Meat: Game

  • all parts
  • Caution! Digestive tract (possibly parasitic load)
  • Caution: long bones!
  • no raw boar!

Fish

  • whole raw fish
  • fish fillet
  • fish heads

Vegetable / Herbs / Miscellaneous

minced / pureed / raw / steamed / boiled / cooked / part cooked

Recommended

  • watercress
  • chinese cabbage
  • fennel
  • garden cress
  • dock/sorrel
  • cucumber
  • carrot
  • celery root
  • pumpkin
  • dandelion
  • beetroot
  • celery
  • turnip
  • jerusalem artichoke
  • zucchini
  • corn
  • leafy vegetables:
  • butterhead lettuce
  • chicory
  • oak leaf salad
  • iceberg lettuce
  • endive
  • lamb’s lettuce
  • lollo rosso
  • lollo bianco
  • chard
  • romaine lettuce
  • rocket

Suitable in moderation

  • various cabbages:
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • brussels sprouts
  • red cabbage
  • savoy cabbage
  • Attention! Can cause flatulence/air in the stomach – best to steam
  • lettuce
  • leeks
  • asparagus
  • spinach

Not recommended

raw legumes such as:

  • raw peas
  • raw lentils
  • raw beans

Unripe nightshade plants such as:

  • green paprika
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • eggplant (caution: solanine)
  • avocados (beware! persin)
  • onion

Fruit

feed ripe or overripe / raw / pitted / mashed / minced / pureed. NEVER feed mouldy fruits!

Recommended

  • pineapple
  • apple
  • apricot
  • banana
  • pear
  • blackberry
  • strawberry
  • fig
  • goji berry
  • rosehip
  • blueberry
  • raspberry
  • honeydew melon
  • currant
  • cherry
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • mirabelle plum
  • nectarine
  • peach
  • plum
  • watermelon
  • papaya
  • gooseberry

Suitable in moderation

  • persimmon fruit
  • sharon fruit
  • lychee
  • citrus fruits such as:
  • orange
  • tangerine
  • lemon

Not recommended

  • physalis
  • starfruit
  • quince
  • grapes (including raisins)

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