In this article we want to briefly introduce you to both feeding options and deal with the advantages and disadvantages.
BARF – feeding
Every dog owner has probably heard of it at least once.
BARF is on everyone’s lips with dog owners. But what is that anyway?
The exclusive feeding of raw meat would cause a life-threatening nutrient deficiency in the dog’s organism in the long term. Therefore, the BARF -Ration consist of several components. As a rule, a ration should consist of 80% meat and 20% vegetable. Typical ingredients one BARF -Ration are
-) meat and offal
-) Fleshy bones and cartilage tissue
-) Fruit and vegetables
-) Oils and fats
-) Herbs and algae
With the BARF addition of V-Point premium Vet Powder, you can additionally upgrade the vegetable portion of the feed ration.
Iodine is an essential trace element that the dog’s body cannot produce itself. Therefore, as owners, we have to ensure that it is supplied to the dog through food. Iodine is of vital importance for physical development, bone growth, muscles, cholesterol levels and energy metabolism.
Iodine is stored in the thyroid gland in all animals. If we were to feed whole prey animals such as whole rabbits, the dog would also eat the thyroid tissue of the animal and would thus take in the right amount of iodine. But we usually don’t do that.
So we have to find a replacement. Lots BARFER therefore resort to sea layer flour. The sea alga Ascophyllum Nodosum is THE algae containing iodine and ideally suited to meet the dog’s iodine requirements. The best way to calculate your dog’s iodine requirements is to contact a food advisor …
V-Point has the seaweed in tasty bites “Seaweed BARF” packaged, so you can always supply your darling with the essential trace element.
The BARF This method is considered more natural, more appropriate to the species and therefore healthier among fans of this method. However, it has not yet been scientifically proven whether this method is actually healthier. The fact is, however, that the BARF the individual needs of a dog can be better met, as the rations are put together daily. For example, for Allergy sufferers the allergenic components are simply left out or replaced with other ingredients.
The owner can also react more quickly to changes in the dog (growth, weight, activity, …) and adjust the feed ration individually.
For us, however, the main advantage is the quality control of the feed. Dog owners can check the quality of the meat very well themselves and thus you simply know what ends up in the food bowl.
Disadvantages of BARF feeding
The individual composition of the feed ration can be an advantage, but also a serious disadvantage! Because for the optimal supply of nutrients to the dog you have to deal very intensively with the topic of feeding and acquire some knowledge. An over- or under-supply of vitamins and minerals can lead to serious health problems. Bacteria and pathogens are another risk. They feel good in raw and frozen meat, fish and eggs and often multiply during the thawing process.
For the dog owner, there is also the fact that the costs for this form of nutrition are usually quite high, and putting together and mixing the food also takes a lot of time.