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Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions

Q. Is raw meat safe to feed my pet?
A. Yes. Dogs are designed to eat raw food diets. They have shorted digestive tracts and their stomachs have a much higher acidity level than humans, which makes them easily able to consume and thrive on the BARF diet.
Q. How much should I feed my dog?
A. You can determine how much to feed your pet based on his weight and activity level. Puppies should be fed one 8 ounce patty for every 8 lbs. of body weight. Moderately active adults and seniors should be fed one 8 ounce patty for every 25 lbs. of body weight. For high performance working dogs, it is recommended to feed one 8 oz. patty for every 12 lbs. of body weight. For a complete feeding chart, go to: http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/product_care.shtml. Just keep in mind that this feeding chart is merely a guideline and not a rule. Every dog has a different metabolic system so you may need to  adjust the feeding amounts if your pet experiences any weight loss or gain on the BARF diet.
Q. Is BARF complete and balanced?
A. Our Juicy BARF Diet patties and nuggets do not require any ingredient to be added and they provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with the proper blend and balance of ingredients. The BARF Diet patties and nuggets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.
Q. How long will it take for my order to deliver?
A. We have fulfillment centers strategically placed throughout the United States to be able to deliver your order in three days or less. Most areas within the continental United States have a 1-2 day delivery schedule.
Q. Do I have to be home to receive the delivery of my order?
A. No. To avoid delivery delays, we instruct the FedEx drivers to leave the package at your doorstep if there is no one there to sign for it. Be advised that it is ultimately at the driver's discretion whether to leave the package or require a signature. If the driver feels the package will be unsafe left at the door, they may still require you to sign for the package but this is rare. To avoid this, please leave a note for the driver instructing him to go ahead and leave the package or to let him know where to leave the package.

Feeding

Q. Should I cook the BARF Diet before I feed it to my dog?
A. No. Food loses most of its nutritional value including enzymes and biologically active essential fatty acids once it goes through the heat process of cooking. Essential fatty acids, damaged by heat and oxygen, become slow poisons, doing irreparable damage. Cooking also produces carcinogens and anti-immunogens. Also many minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins become indigestible.
Q. Is raw meat safe to feed my pet?
A. Yes. Dogs are designed to eat raw food diets. They have shorted digestive tracts and their stomachs have a much higher acidity level than humans, which makes them easily able to consume and thrive on the BARF diet.
Q. Are bones safe to feed my pet?
A. The fear of feeding bones is usually in regards to COOKED bones. Raw bones however, are a natural source of calcium and other minerals. A natural source of calcium obtained from ground bones is far more utilized in the body than from artificial calcium sources such as bone meal. We understand that some pet owners will still have some fears in regards to feeding their pet bones. This is why we grind the bone in our BARF diet patties and nuggets. This prevents any and all risk of choking and/or punctures while your pet still gets all the benefits of bone in their diet.
Q. Should I feed my pet once or twice a day?
A. We advocate feeding your dog twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.
Q. What diet do you recommend for small/big dogs?
A. Any flavor of the BARF Diet patties and nuggets are great for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. You can feed your small dog the Juicy Chicken Recipe, Juicy Lamb Recipe, Juicy Beef Recipe, or even our Juicy Combo Recipe, which contains a mixture of chicken, beef, lamb and pork proteins.
Q. Do you have a puppy/senior/breed-specific formula?
A. No. All BARF Diet products are specifically designed for dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes.
Q. How do I feed BARF to my cat?
A. The BARF Diet is properly formulated for boths dogs and cats and contains a natural source of taurine (which cats need) in the organ meats we use in our diet.  To feed your cat, use the same feeding chart as the one for dogs – basically 3 ounces of food for every 5 lbs. of your cats body weight.
Q. What kinds of treats should I feed my dog/cat?
A. We recommend giving your pet Etta Says! freeze dried liver treats. Freeze dried treats that are raw prior to being freeze dried still retain many of the essential nutrients and enzymes that raw food contains. The only ingredient is pure 100% liver.
Q. Should I feed my dog whole bones?
A. You can give your pet a recreational raw bone once a week if you wish. Most local grocers or butchers offer whole bones for sale. Just make sure that the bone is not small enough to be swallowed whole and to watch your pet the first few times you feed whole bones to make sure that do not attempt to swallow them whole.
Q. How do I know which diet to start with? Should I start with one protein source or get a Variety Pack?
A. As long as your pet does not have an allergy to a specific protein, do make sure you feed your dog a variety of the BARF Diet patties. Because your dog is a carnivore, an omnivore, a hunter and a scavenger, his evolutionary diet is based on a wide variety of whole raw foods both of animal and plant origins. By providing your pet with many different nutritionally healthy foods, your dog will in fact consume more of the known compounds that various foods offer, including vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients and the many other health protectors found in whole foods.
Q. How much should I feed my dog?
A. You can determine how much to feed your pet based on his weight and activity level. Puppies should be fed one 8 ounce patty for every 8 lbs. of body weight. Moderately active adults and seniors should be fed one 8 ounce patty for every 25 lbs. of body weight. For high performance working dogs, it is recommended to feed one 8 oz. patty for every 12 lbs. of body weight. For a complete feeding chart, go to: http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/product_care.shtml. Just keep in mind that this feeding chart is merely a guideline and not a rule. Every dog has a different metabolic system so you may need to  adjust the feeding amounts if your pet experiences any weight loss or gain on the BARF diet.
Q. What do I feed a lactating mother/pregnant dog?
A. The BARF Diet patties and nuggets are formulated for use by dogs of all ages, breeds, and life stages, including pregnant and lactating bitches. The only difference is that the feeding amounts will increase slightly so be sure to feed her as much BARF as she will accept.
A. It is also recommended to supplement her meals with the following fortified milk mix:
  • One cup of milk (preferably raw)
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons of flax seed oil
  • One raw egg (or two egg yolks)
  • 1-2 junket (rennet) tablets
  • A multi-B vitamin*
  • Vitamin C*

*Omit the multi-B and C vitamins if the dog refuses to consume the milk mixture

Blend the ingredients together and warm to body temperature (about 98 degrees Fahrenheit) and keep at body temperature for about 10 minutes. This will allow the junket tablet to work. Use the fortified milk mix as the main source of fluid for the pregnant/lactating dog. Preferably, you will have tried this mix on her prior to whelping so you will know that she will drink it and that it does not cause digestive upset.

Q. Can I feed BARF if my dog has a pre-existing condition?
A. Allergies/ Skin & Coat Conditions
  • Yes. Allergies are the #1 pet health ailment that we encounter most frequently. Vaccines, antibiotics, steroids and any other immune depressing substances are responsible for the majority of allergy issues. The immune system is the very best defense mechanism that the body has – once it is depressed, the more susceptible the body is to allergens and disease. Another main contributing cause of skin and coat conditions is the ingestion of grain-based, heat processed pet foods. The harmful ingredients and additives in kibble and canned food diets (preservatives, flavoring agents, artificial colors, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, fat sprays, etc.) contribute to the allergic condition. By feeding your pet the BARF Diet - with the addition of E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics and Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil supplement with omega 3 & 6 - you will giving your pet's immune system the boost it needs to fight the allergens that are aggravating it and allow the body to detoxify and heal itself.
  • In extreme cases and for pets that have been fed processed food their whole lives, you might see the skin condition worsen before it improved. This is because the body must expel all the toxins that have built up over the years from being fed a processed diet. The fastest way for the body to release toxins is though the largest organ in the body – the skin. It is important to stick with the BARF Diet though this stage of detoxification as the detox symptoms will eventually subside and the skin and coat condition will begin to clear up.
A.Arthritis
  • Yes. The BARF Diet will reduce inflammation, boost the immune system to alleviate pain and increase mobility in arthritic pets. You can also use a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement along with the BARF Diet which will help slow the deterioration of joints.
A. Cancer
  • Yes. When the body ingests carbohydrates they are transformed by the body into blood sugar (mostly glucose). Cancer cells thrive on sugar so a continuous ingestion of a sugar-based, high carb diet will create a natural media for the escalation and expansion of cancer cells in the body. By feeding your pet the BARF Diet - with the addition of E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics and Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil supplement with omega 3 & 6 - you will giving your pet's immune system the boost it needs to fight the cancer as well as minimizing the consumption of sugar-based foods which will effectively reducing the cancer disease ratios in the body.
A. Diabetes
  • Yes. In fact an animal that is diabetic should be warned against feeding a dry kibble diet because grains will exacerbate hyperglycemia. When the body ingests large concentrations of soluble carbohydrates, like those found in kibble diets, they are transformed by the body into blood sugar (mostly glucose).
A. Digestive issues, IBS/IBD
  • Yes. Changing your pet's diet to BARF along with a specific supplement regimen approved by your veterinarian is the key to your pet overcoming his digestive problems. It is recommended to supplement the animal's meals with a dietary fiber. Many holistic vets will recommend adding crushed flaxseeds to the BARF diet for its fiber and omega-3 content.
A. Kidney disease
  • Kibble and canned food diets provide an inordinate amount of unnatural elements that, when ingested daily, cause a toxin buildup that will affect the internal organs. As the kidneys and the liver are the organs which deal primarily with toxins and the body's elimination system, the kidneys are the organ most affected by the continuous ingestion of harmful elements found in your pet's diet. The kidney is unique in that it can actually function until about 70 to 80% of the nephrons have been destroyed. During this period, the clinical symptoms of kidney damage (increased drinking and urination, dehydration, anorexia, vomiting, weight loss, anemia, lethargy, and dry skin) are not apparent to your vet until it is almost impossible to reverse. There is some controversy in regards to feeding a high protein diet to a dog suffering from kidney problems. When a vet suggests feeding a protein-reduced diet, it is important to keep in mind that the energy requirements of the animal's body carries a higher priority. Therefore, contrary to current belief, the minimum protein requirement for dogs and cats with chronic renal failure is actually HIGHER than those of normal dogs and cats. Consequently, it is my recommendation that pets with chronic renal failure MUST be on the BARF Diet. It makes sense to feed a diet that is most easily digested so that the kidney has a chance to heal. The BARF Diet allows for a higher utilization of nutrients from the food compared to feeding a heat processed kibble diet as well as a dramatic reduction of toxin buildup in the body.
A. Oxalate (Kidney Stones)/Struvite (Bladder Stones) Crystals
  • Yes. An animal that lives in a constant state of dehydration may suffer from crystal formation in the kidney or gallbladder as the toxins are not able to be flushed out of the body effectively. Kibble diets normally contain an average of about 10% water compared to the BARF Diet that is about 70% water content. By switching your pet to the BARF Diet you not only will ensure better hydration of the animal that is properly utilized by the body but the BARF Diet will also improve the pH levels in urine to prevent further crystals from forming.
    • For the Dalmatian breed: It is not recommended to feed Beef diets as this increases the chance of crystal formation.
A. Liver disease
  • Yes. The liver is an amazing organ as it has the ability to rebuild itself. Did you know that you get a new liver every 6 weeks? It's all part of the body's cycle of renewal. When the liver is damaged the first step it to reduce any unnecessary stress on the body. This will allow it to heal itself. That is why the BARF Diet is perfect for pets suffering from liver disease – a raw diet is what your pet is naturally designed to eat and will reduce stress on the body to digest and extract the vital nutrients it needs from the food. By feeding your dog a diet he is designed to eat, you will effectively reduce stress on the body overall and allow the body to focus its energy on healing the part of the body that is suffering – in this case, the liver.
A. Pancreatitis
  • Yes. For pets suffering from pancreatitis, it is recommended to feed a BARF Diet that is low in fat. The Juicy Chicken Recipe or the Juicy Beef Recipe are the best diets for pets with pancreatitis. It is not recommended to feed them the Juicy Lamb Recipe or the Juicy Combo Recipe as they are higher in fat than the Chicken and Beef varieties.
A. Overweight/Obesity
  • Yes. Check the feeding chart on the back of the bag – you can also find it on: http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/product_care.shtml. You can decrease the food fed per day based on the Average Activity column (or High Performance for working dogs) relative to your pet's weight and instead feed him the amounts stated for his desired weight range. Avoid feeding your pet treats until at his or her desired weight. Do not add any extra ingredients such as more bones or meat to the complete and balanced BARF Diet patties and nuggets as this may also cause weight gain. Don't forget to allow your pet to get plenty of regular exercise – a daily walk is always recommended for weight management and to maintain a happy and healthy pet.
A. Underweight/Emaciated Pet
  • Yes. Be sure that you are feeding BARF World's BARF Diet patties and nuggets which are formulated and designed to meet all of your pet's nutritional requirements and AAFCO regulations for complete and balanced diets. Check the feeding chart on the back of the bag – you can also find it on: http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/product_care.shtml. You can increase the food fed per day based on the Average Activity column (or High Performance for working dogs) relative to your pet's weight and instead feed him the amounts stated for his desired weight range.
Q. Should I supplement BARF with kibble/canned?
A. No. The BARF Diet patties and nuggets are complete and balanced and do not require any other supplements to be added to it. Some pets will experience symptoms of digestive upset if fed a raw BARF diet along with a kibble or canned cooked diet. If you feel the need to supplement your pet's meals with a kibble or canned food due to cost, we recommend that you not feed both a raw and cooked diet in the same meal. Instead, allow the animal to 5-6 hours to digest his first meal of BARF before feeding the second meal of kibble/canned food. Also make sure to add BARF World's E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics to the animal's kibble/cooked food to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients and eliminate any digestive upset that may occur with a split feeding schedule.
Q. Can I feed my dog 1/2 BARF diet and 1/2 Kibble/Canned/Cooked diet?
A. Feeding a partial raw BARF diet and partial cooked diet (home prepared, kibble, canned, etc.) will result in partial benefits in the pet's health. Of course 50% raw is better than no raw at all but the best way to feed your pets is 100% raw to be able to get 100% of the benefits of raw feeding.
Q. How do I switch my pet to BARF? (slow or quick transition)
A. 9 times out of 10 we recommend that you do a quick transition to BARF with your pet where you fast him or her 12-24 hours prior to their last meal and then feed the BARF diet patties and nuggets. However, if you pet has a difficult time switching between various diets, has been known to experience digestive upset from time to time, is suffering from a degenerative disease or is a senior, a slow transition is better suited for your pet.<
  • Instructions on how to do a slow switch to BARF:
    • Day 1: Fast your pet to allow the body to cleanse itself of any toxins and to make your pet eager for the next day's meal.
    • Day 2: Feed 90% of the old food diet for the morning meal and 10% of the raw diet in the evening. In other words, if you feed two cups of kibble per day (one at each meal) you would feed 90% of that amount in the morning (1 & 4/5 cups) and a small amount of raw food (1/8 of a patty or 1 oz. of nuggets) in the evening. This first day, the evening meal is light.
    • Day 3-12: Gradually increase the raw diet each day by 10% and decrease the old diet by 10% each day for the next 9 days. Your morning meals will get less and less each day.
    • Day 13: On the 13th day, you should be feeding ONLY the BARF Diet patties and/or nuggets and you can begin to feed only BARF in the morning and evening meals. We advocate feeding your dog twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.
Q. Why should I fast my dog?
A. It can be helpful to allow your pet a one or even two day fast prior to making the switch to the BARF Diet. This allows the body to detoxify itself of any impurities that may build up and also brings to your assistance a mighty ally: hunger! Hunger can be an invaluable aid in re-training the taste buds of fussy pets. We recommend a 6-day feeding scheduled with the 7th day being a day of fasting for your pet to allow the body to “reset” for the next week's feeding schedule.

  • WARNING: Dogs can tolerate long fasts, whereas cats should not be fasted longer than 24 to 48 hours. This is because cats, especially overweight cats, can develop a fatal disease called Hepatic Lipidosis if fasted for long periods.

Ingredients, Nutrients & Sources

Q. What's the calorie content for each BARF diet flavor?
A. The calorie contest for each BARF Diet flavor is located on our website: http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/barfdiet_nutrient.shtml
  • Juicy Chicken Recipe (patties and nuggets) – 1185 kCal per patty
  • Juicy Beef Recipe – 1167 kCal per patty
  • Juicy Lamb Recipe – 1379 kCal per patty
  • Juicy Combo Recipe – 1205 kCal per patty
Q. Are your ingredients organic?
A. No. We believe that using USDA sourced ingredient is an adequate supply source as well as helps to keep the cost down on our products. We would never discourage anyone from sourcing organic ingredients for their dog but have observed that the majority of consumers are not willing to pay the extra costs of using organic ingredients.
Q. Is BARF complete and balanced?
A. Our Juicy BARF Diet patties and nuggets do not require any ingredient to be added and they provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with the proper blend and balance of ingredients. The BARF Diet patties and nuggets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.
Q. Where does your meat come from? (Hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free range, etc.)
A. Though not organic, our meats are all human-grade quality. We use a blend of farm raised and commercially raised livestock for our diets which conform to USDA regulations of not using any hormones or antibiotics for at least 30 days before slaughter. Our lamb meat comes from New Zealand – our chicken, beef and pork all come from USDA inspected facilities.

Ordering & Shipping

Q. How can you ship your diets and maintain their frozen state? 
A. We have various fulfillment centers throughout the United States and will choose the one that is closet to you to ship your order. We guarantee delivery within 3 days of being shipped but most orders will deliver within 1-2 days. We ship your order in a cooler with dry ice by FedEx Ground/Home Delivery to ensure that your order arrives frozen. We also make sure to include an extra day's worth of dry ice in case of temperature variations or delivery exceptions.
Q. Do I have to be home to receive the delivery of my order?
A. No. To avoid delivery delays, we instruct the FedEx drivers to leave the package at your doorstep if there is no one there to sign for it. Be advised that it is ultimately at the driver's discretion whether to leave the package or require a signature. If the driver feels the package will be unsafe left at the door, they may still require you to sign for the package but this is rare. To avoid this, please leave a note for the driver instructing him to go ahead and leave the package or to let him know where to leave the package.
Q. Can I pick up product from your sales office in Danville, CA?
A. No. We do not carry the products at our sales office in Danville, CA. You can find a list of retailers of BARF World products in your area and avoid shipping charges by going to: http://www.barfworld.com/html/distributor/find_distributor.shtml
  • If there are no retailers in your area, you can always order direct by going online to www.barfworld.com or calling us toll-free at 1-866-282-2273. Be sure to check back frequently as we are always adding new retail locations throughout the United States.
Q. Can I pick up product from your fulfillment centers/warehouses to avoid paying shipping?
A. Unfortunately our fulfillment centers and warehouses are not set up to be able to accept walk in traffic for order pickups. You can find a list of retailers of BARF World products in your area and avoid shipping charges by going to: http://www.barfworld.com/html/distributor/find_distributor.shtml
  • If there are no retailers in your area, you can always order direct by going online to www.barfworld.com or calling us toll-free at 1-866-282-2273. Be sure to check back frequently as we are always adding new retail locations throughout the United States.
Q. How long will it take for my order to deliver?
A. We have fulfillment centers strategically placed throughout the United States to be able to deliver your order in three days or less. Most areas within the continental United States have a 1-2 day delivery schedule.
Q. What do I do with the cooler?
A. We do not currently have a return program in place to receive back the unused coolers that your order arrives in. You can check with your local recyclery to see if they take polystyrene (Styrofoam). For a list of recycling centers that accept polystyrene, go to: http://www.dartcontainer.com/web/environ.nsf/pages/drop-off.html. You can also check with your local UPS or FedEx store as they sometimes take the coolers in to reuse. Also, many local animal shelters will use the coolers as temporary shelters for pregnant and nursing cats or abandoned kittens and puppies. The coolers also are wonderful for picnics, camping, fishing trips, or tailgate parties as they are lightweight, portable and sturdy.

Concerns

Q. Is the raw pork in the Combo diet safe to feed my pet? What about worms or trichinosis?
A. As with many other food items, feeding pork is purely a personal choice but yes, it can be fed safely. Some dogs do very well on pork and others don't – loose stools due to higher fat content. If you'd like to feed pork but are afraid of possible trichinosis, it is recommended that the pork be frozen, at Zero degrees F for 3 weeks, to kill the flukes. The incidence of trichinosis is actually fairly minimal in most places now (particularly in inspected meats). Many have fed fresh pork (pork necks, being a favorite) without any ill side-effects. Be aware of smoked pork necks, as they are slightly cooked from the smoking process. Pigs feet can also be fed, but are very high in fat...something you may want to avoid if your dog needs to lose a pound or two.
Q. Why do you use garlic?
A. The amount of garlic in our diet is just enough to be beneficial for both dogs and cats. Garlic is a great ingredient – it is a natural antibiotic and aids digestion. It is rich in vitamins, proteins and trace minerals. It performs as an excellent antibacterial agent and antioxidant. It can also boost liver function; prevent heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases. It has a great history with its uses with pets and we include it in the diet in quantities that will not harm your pet.
Q. Why does your E-BARF Plus powder contain grains?
A. Each ingredient in E-BARF Plus has been specifically chosen to maximize the absorption of nutrients and aid in the digestive process. We have found this formulation is the most effective at ensuring proper digestion and utilization of nutrients from the food.
Q. Will I or my family get sick if my pet licks us after eating the BARF Diet?
A. The risk of bacterial contamination between dogs and humans exists no matter what diet at dog is fed. Dogs come into contact with bacteria on a daily basis – while playing outside, digging in the yard, or interacting with other pets and humans. To minimize the risk of contamination:
  • Make sure to always wash your hands, face and any other area where a dog may have given you a wet kiss.
  • Wash working surfaces, utensils, feeding bowls, etc. with hot, soapy water after every feeding.
  • Do not leave raw food out for long periods of time. Excess food should be covered and refrigerated for the next feeding or discarded.
Q. Does the BARF Diet cause bloat?
A. No. In fact, kibble may be responsible for a higher incidence of bloat because it stays in the gastrointestinal track longer which gives it more time to ferment and expand. Unlike dry kibble diets, BARF does not expand when eaten. It also doesn't cause excess gas buildup like processed diets do. This is because a raw diet is easily digested by your pet allowing the body to extract the maximum amount of nutrients from the food (all that remains in the stool is ash and fiber) and less time to ferment in the body since it has a faster elimination time.
Q. What do I do if my pet gets diarrhea on BARF?

It is not unlikely that you will see an occasional bout of diarrhea due to the sudden change in diet. It is usually short-lived and not enough to cause dehydration. Your pet should still be active, happy and ready for the next meal. If diarrhea does occur, there are a few things that can help eliminate this challenge:

  • Use our E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics to help aid digestion during the transition phase. You can also use plain yogurt or kefir. We recommend one teaspoon for every 5 lbs. of the animal's weight.
  • Remove your pet from the diet and fast for a short 12 hour period to give the bowels a chance to rest and settle down. Then reintroduce the food in a series of smaller meals to slowly break the fast.
  • Do not mix the raw food with kibble or canned food as the different digestive requirements will stress the digestive system and lead to more stomach upset.
  • Keep the meals consistent and do not introduce a new variety of protein until your pet has completely switched over and is used to the BARF diet.
  • CALL YOUR VET if your pet is running a fever, has frequent diarrhea, is dehydrated or lethargic. Though very rare, these signs may indicate that your pet may be suffering from a bowel infection.
Q. What do I do if my pet vomits on BARF?
A. Do not continue to feed the specific protein that may be causing the problem. Instead, switch to another variety. For example, you may be feeding the Beef patties so switch to chicken instead.

  • Though uncommon, your pet may have intolerance to other ingredients in our diet. Check to be sure your pet is not allergic to egg or any other ingredient listed.
Q. Why does my dog's stool look different when he's on BARF?
A. Since your pet can now extract the maximum about of nutrients from his food, all that is left in the stool is ash and fiber. This tends to make the stool firmer and reduce odor (odor being the result of the fermentation of undigested nutrients).
Q. Why doesn't my dog drink as much water when he's on BARF?
A. There is no cause for alarm if you notice your pet is not drinking as much water once he has been switched to the BARF Diet. Your pet is getting the majority of his needed moisture intake from the raw food. In fact, water that comes from the food rather than the bowl is much easier for your pet's body to utilize.
Q. Doesn't my dog need whole bones/kibble to crunch on in order to keep teeth clean?
A. No. The BARF Diet doesn't stick to the teeth so there is no problem with tartar buildup in BARF fed dogs. Actually, kibble diets cause tartar buildup as they are full of preservatives, flavoring agents, artificial colors, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, fat sprays, etc. which cause teeth to become yellow and brown in color and also cause tooth decay and gingivitis. Whole raw bones are an excellent way to give your pet some jaw exercise and to keep teeth sparkling clean. You can give your pet a recreational raw bone once a week if you wish. Most local grocers or butchers offer whole bones for sale. Just make sure that the bone is not small enough to be swallowed whole and to watch your pet the first few times you feed whole bones to make sure that do not attempt to swallow them whole.

Storage & Handling

Q. How do I handle the BARF diet?
A. All raw meat products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if mishandled. Treat the BARF Diet patties and nuggets as you would any other raw meat product. Wash working surfaces, utensils and hands with hot soapy water after each feeding. To thaw, remove from bag, place in a container with a lid and defrost in the refrigerator. Do not re-freeze the BARF patties and nuggets once they have been thawed. Food will spoil if left unrefrigerated for an extended period of time. Excess food should be refrigerated for the next feeding or discarded.
Q. Where is the “Best By” (”Use By”) date on the products?
A. BARF Diet Patties & Nuggets
  • Our BARF Diet patties and nuggets are good for a full year from the date of production. You can find the “Use By” date embossed on the top seal of the bag. It is also printed on a while sticker located on the back of the bag itself. Make sure to keep product frozen. Thaw before feeding and refrigerate any unused portions to be fed later. Throw away any unused portions after 48 hours
A. E-BARF Plus supplement
  • The E-BARF Plus enzyme and probiotic supplement is good for two years from the date of production. Make sure to keep the product refrigerated after opening.
A. Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil
  • The Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil supplement with omega 3 & 6 is good for 18 months from the date of production. Make sure to keep the product refrigerated after opening.
Q. Should I store the E-BARF Plus in the refrigerator once it has been opened?
A. Yes. To ensure maximum retention of nutrients it is recommended to refrigerate the E-BARF Plus powder after opening and avoid storing it in areas of extreme heat.
Q. Should I store Alaska Naturals Salmon Oil in the refrigerator once it has been opened?
A. Yes. To avoid spoilage and ensure maximum retention of nutrients it is recommended to refrigerate the Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil after opening and avoid storing it in areas of extreme heat to avoid spoilage or condensation.
Q. What do I do if I'm traveling with my pet and cannot take frozen food with me?
A. The BARF diet patties and nuggets can be kept cold in a cooler with ice or dry ice. If this is not feasible while travelling we can certainly ship the BARF Diet to you anywhere in the United States by FedEx in a cooler with dry ice to ensure that it delivers to you in perfect frozen condition.

A. We also have many BARF retailers throughout the United States. To view a list of retailers go to our website (http://www.barfworld.com) and click the “Locations button” at the top: http://www.barfworld.com/html/distributor/find_distributor.shtml

A. If none of these options work, we recommend using a complete and balanced freeze-dried dog food which is as close to raw as you can get and still retains close to the same nutrient levels that the BARF diet does. We recommend Sojos freeze-dried diets. You can find them online on our website's shopping cart under “Raw Dog Food”: http://www.barfworld.com/cgi-bin/product.cgi - item_06211.
Q. How long can I store BARF in freezer?
A. The BARF Diet patties and nuggets can be stored in the freezer for a full year from the date of production. Make sure to go by the “Use By” date embossed on top seal of the bag or printed on the white sticker attached to the outside of the bag.
Q. How long can I store BARF in the refrigerator?
A. The BARF Diet patties and nuggets can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days without a problem. Any longer than that and they begin to lose their moisture and will eventually spoil. It is therefore recommended to only keep one or two days' worth of BARF in the refrigerator at a time.
Q. How long can I leave BARF sitting out unrefrigerated?
A. To minimize the risk of digestive upset and the potential spread of bacteria, we instruct our customers to not leave the BARF Diet patties and nuggets out unrefrigerated for any extended length of time. The standard method of feeding is to offer the food for your pet to eat. Once your pet has walked away from the food, cover the remaining portion of food back up in a container with a lid (Tupperware) and put the food back in the refrigerator. You can then offer the food to your pet again later in the day. We recommend that you dispose of any unused portion of food that remains by the end of the day.
Q. Can I refreeze unused portions of BARF once thawed?
A. No. Do not re-freeze the BARF patties and nuggets once they have been thawed. Food will spoil if left unrefrigerated for an extended period of time. Excess food should be refrigerated for the next feeding or discarded.

Supplements

Q. Should I use supplements with BARF?
A. For the first 90 days we suggest you strengthen the good bacteria in your pet's stomach by supplementing with BARF World's E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics and Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil supplement with omega 3 & 6 oil. This will aid digestion and make for better utilization of nutrients. An adequate supply of omega oils will help build a strong immune system and reduce inflammation.
Q. Why use supplements if you diets are complete and balanced?
A. All pets should get both the E-BARF Plus and Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil supplements for the first 90 days when making the switch to the BARF Diet. The continued use of supplements along with the BARF Diet is also recommended for pets that have a pre-existing condition or for those pet owners who want to give their pets an extra advantage in maintaining optimum health and vitality.
  • E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics: Strengthens the good bacteria in your pet's digestive tract, supports a strong immune system and ensures maximum absorption of nutrients from the food.
    • Recommended for: Pets suffering from digestive issues, dogs that have a habit of eating grass, dirt and twigs, dogs with allergy issues, underweight issues and depressed immune systems caused by cancer and other degenerative diseases.
  • Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Oil: An adequate supply of omega oils will help build a strong immune system and reduce inflammation.
    • Recommended for: Pets suffering from allergies, skin and coat conditions, arthritis (choose the Wild Salmon Oil with Glucosamine & Chondroitin), finicky eaters, underweight issues and depressed immune systems caused by cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Discounts

Q. Do you have a frequent buyer/membership program?
A. Yes, the AutoBARF Gold membership program offers you the convenience of automatic delivery for your pet's food, treat, and supplement orders so you never have to worry about running out of food for your dog again. The AutoBARF program also includes free standard shipping for all orders shipping within the continental United States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii). We also automatically apply any current promotions or discounts that you qualify for to your orders for you so you always get the best possible price. The annual enrollment fee is $49.00.
Q. Do you offer bulk discounts/volume order pricing?
A. Bulk Discount
  • Yes. Though you can order the BARF Diet patties and nuggets by the bag, you will receive a discount on the BARF Diet when ordering product by the case. The case prices listed on our website reflect the case bulk discount. You can find them by going to:
http://www.barfworld.com/cgi-bin/product.cgi A. Volume Order Pricing
  • Yes. We do have a volume purchase program, which gives discounts to those who order 500 lbs. of food or more at a time. Please email Evan Price at EvanPrice@barfworld.com if you are interested in learning more about BARF World's Volume Purchase Program.

Company

Q. How long has BARF World been in business?
A. BARF World Inc. has been in business since the summer of the year 2000. Renowned Australian veterinary surgeon, Dr. Ian Billinghurst and pharmacist, Robert Mueller got together with a few other animal loving people to create BARF World Inc. Ian and Rob collectively comprise the most experience in the raw diet industry and are both considered the pioneers of the raw food movement. BARF World is considered the originators of the raw diet movement and the first to sell biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diets to pet owners.
Q. Where did you get your name?
A. BARF stands for “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food” or “Bones And Raw Food”. BARF World is considered the originators of the raw diet movement and the first to sell biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diets to pet owners. BARF World Inc. holds the trademark rights to the word “BARF”.

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