A Healthier and More Cost Effective Dog Food

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Dog food has not only seen significant pricing changes over the last few years, it has also gotten better for your pets. Foods that include all-natural ingredients and are grain-free are better for your pets, but they are also much more expensive. You can give your furry friends the best food possible for them without breaking the bank by supplementing their dog food or feeding them the BARF diet.

The BARF Diet

This diet may sound gross, but it’s actually great for your pets. It stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and is completely unprocessed. It not only improves their health but also improves their teeth, gums, and breath and reduces or completely eliminates their allergies.

By feeding your dogs a healthier diet, you will ultimately have a healthier dog – therefore reducing trips to the veterinarian and saving you money. Although people cannot eat some of these items raw, dogs can, and it should be fed to them raw – not cooked. If you cook the meats, they will lose a lot of the nutrients that your dog needs.

This diet should consist of 60%-80% raw meat to get them the nutrients they need in their daily diet. So what foods are good for your dog and what foods are bad for them?

Good Foods

  • Meats: raw eggs, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, venison, turkey, rabbit, fish, buffalo, ostrich
  • Vegetables and Grains: broccoli, carrots, romaine lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, summer squash, asparagus, rice, oatmeal, kale
  • Dairy: cottage cheese, plain yogurt
  • Fruit: bananas, mango, apples
  • Oils: olive oil, flaxseed oil, safflower oil, hemp oil

Bad Foods

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Apple seeds
  • Cherry pits
  • Walnuts
  • Potato leaves and stems (any green parts)
  • Alcohol, or alcoholic beverages

You can also use any of the good ingredients to supplement the dog food you buy which will cut your monthly dog food cost. You can go completely raw – or supplement. The BARF diet is great for people that don’t have time to cook gourmet pet food and is also great for your pets and saves money!

If you decide to go with the BARF diet, contact your local butcher to see if they can give or sell you animal parts that they generally dispose of that are safe for your pets. This includes necks, bones, backs, feet and tails. Although some bones are not safe for pets – you can use them to make homemade broth to put on your dog’s food which is high in nutrients and great for your pets!