The BARF Diet by Dr. Billinghurst:
If you think you don’t have any homework, think again. For any responsible pet owner, the must-read for this summer is The BARF Diet by Dr. Billinghurst. Dogs and cats alike are programmed for this evolutionary diet, this raw food diet detox which is essential to mimic its natural diet found in nature.
According to Dr. Billinghurst’s book, there are natural eating habits. Whether they’re raw, carnivore, hunter, scavenger, opportunist, vegetarian, and omnivore, modern dogs are no different from their ancestors. They eat at the compost, they love fruit, they love the evolutionary diet. Plus, the non-starchy vegetables and fruit must be included in their diet. Whether it’s ripe or over ripe fruit and raw veggies, the essence of the BARF diet is the nutrients and vitamins found in these foods. Keep in mind your dog should avoid the onion; he’ll be fine with peas and beans whether they’re cooked (not preferred) or sprouted (preferred). As for the cooking quotient? Not so good. Sprouted or fresh to the root sans cooking is always the way to go.
The evolutionary diet represents the hallmark of your pet – by nature, your dog is a scavenger. His long history throughout time has shown the evolution to eat which requires a lot of bones. Yes, he can handle food that has been decayed and contains bacteria. The very nature of the BARF diet reminds us that our pets aren’t modern after all despite their bling dog collars and pimped up dog beds. Rather, they’re scavengers. They crave the evolutionary diet, the raw food diet which Dr. Billinghurst has outlined for us.
If they could speak, our dogs would remind us they love the variety of what makes up another animal. Contrary to popular opinion, they don’t prefer cookies in the shape of a heart. They love to eat other animals. They love the meat, the bones, the substance. While it may be tempting to feed them what we think looks cute or may be appealing to us, according to The BARF Diet by Dr. Billinghurst, its all about recreating the evolutionary diet which has existed for years: feeding your dog what he can recognize and digest for long-term optimal health.