- Paperback: 109 pages
- Publisher: Ian Billinghurst; 1st edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0958592519
- ISBN-13: 978-0958592512
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The BARF Diet: Raw Feeding for Dogs and Cats Using Evolutionary Principles Paperback – 2001
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Second, not ALL kibble (dry dog food) is bad for your dog. Yes, most of it is garbage, the equivalent of feeding your dog fast food every day, BUT . . . there are some wonderful dry dog food brands out there (Acana, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, just to name three). So just know that you have options if you or your dog simply don't go for raw.
Now, having said all that, raw is the best way to feed your dog if you have the time, inclination, and most important, a dog who enjoys it. Believe it or not, not all dogs like raw. Most do, but you might have that rare one who doesn't, and that's okay. Again, there are some really good premium dog foods out there, so know you have options.
And finally, my actual review of this book - it's GREAT! It's a wonderful primer on the basics of feeding a raw diet. It's not the only book on this subject in my library, but it is one of the most valuable and you absolutely cannot go wrong if you are new to BARF by buying this book. It will get you off to a great start and give you valuable information on feeding your dog the BARF way.
This book is a great starter read, but not written in stone. Personally, I do not feed complete barf as I don't believe dogs NEED veggies. Can they benefit, yes....but it is not necessary as Dr. Billinghurst believes. I am between prey model and BARF as I do supplement and I also add yogurt and cottage cheese on occasion.
I suggest reading this book, as well as many others. There are several good websites as well (just double and triple check what you read online). Also, look for yahoo groups....if you are lucky you will find a co-op in your area to buy from a raw food supplier, makes it easier.
Be it prey model, whole prey, or barf....going raw is the best thing you will do for your dogs. I am on month 6 of raw feeding and my dogs coats have never been shinier or silkier. They also shed less, their teeth are fantastically white and they eagerly await mealtime. Their poo is half the size (I have XL breed dogs)and has minimal odor. It also crumbles into white powder after a day or two. I am lucky in that there are many raw feeders in my area (whom I found via yahoo), a lot are well respected individuals in the animal rescue community be it behaviorists, or business owners.
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Found it very informative and changed my whole outlook on dry kibble. I regret not reading this years ago. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
As I prepair for a new puppy that I plan to feed a raw diet to......this books will keep me and Flare out of troublePublished 16 months ago by nathaniel swan
I'm trying it on my Bengal kitten and will let you know how it goes.Published 22 months ago by jane demereckis
The book is a helpful, common sense, researched guide to feeding your dog or cat a raw food diet and I found it clarified some worrying issues for me and pointed the way to a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Miriam Prider
One rationale for feeding raw food is that dogs have a strong acid in their stomachs, stronger than humans. It's THE SAME ACID! The pH was stated to be below two. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Jennifer Meeks
I bought this as I was interested in doing a raw diet for my dog. After much research, I decided that I was going to do dry dog food instead. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Northern Gal
Very informative. Definately a must for feeding a raw diet. Don't start raw food diet without reading this book, it's a mustPublished on February 22, 2013 by Kde
I bought this for my friend who's dog is suffering from a lot of allergies and suffers from itchy skin and other problems. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Tricia C