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BARF recipes for dogs without bones

BARF for dogs the easy way - here you will find delicious recipes with and without dairy products consisting of meat, innards, vegetables and fruit, oils and our Vitamin Optimix Barf Plus Calcium

Feeding recommendation including dairy products and treats (for adult dogs, daily amount in gram):

body weight (kg)

meat/fish (gross weight)

dairy products

vegetables/fruit

oils

Vitamin Optimix Barf plus Calcium*

treats

2.5

50 - 60

15 - 25

25 - 45

1 - 1.5

1.5

5 - 6

5

85 - 100

30 - 50

50 - 75

2 - 3

2.5

8 - 10

10

140 - 170

60 - 80

95 - 120

4.5 - 5.5

4

11 - 14

20

240 - 285

110 - 130

170 - 210

9 - 11

7

16 - 19

30

325 - 375

150 - 175

235 - 280

13 - 17

9.5

19 - 21

40

410 - 465

185 - 225

300 - 340

18 - 21

11.5

20 - 22

50

490 - 550

220 - 280

350 - 400

22 - 27

13.5

22 - 25

60

560 - 625

260 - 310

400 - 450

27 - 32

15.5

23 - 26

70

630 - 700

300 - 340

450 - 500

32 - 37

17.5

25 - 27

*one measuring spoon (leveled) corresponds to approx  3.5 g

 

Feeding recommendation excluding dairy products and treats (for adult dogs, daily amount in gram):

body weight (kg)

meat/fish (gross weight)

vegetables/fruit

oils

Vitamin Optimix Barf plus Calcium*

2.5

80 - 100

25 - 30

2.5 - 3

1.5

5

135 - 170

40 - 50

4 - 6

2.5

10

230 - 280

70 - 90

8 - 10

4.5

20

385 - 470

120 - 150

13 - 16

8

30

520 - 640

160 - 200

18 - 22

10.5

40

650 - 790

200 - 250

22 - 27

13

50

760 - 930

240 - 300

26 - 32

15

60

875 - 1100

270 - 340

30 - 37

18

70

980 - 1200

310 - 375

33 - 40

20

 *one measuring spoon (leveled) corresponds to approx  3.5 g

further information:

meat/fish:

You may generally alternate between different types of meat every day. Meat varieties differ in energy content due to their protein and fat amounts, e.g. turkey is leaner than fatty duck. Pork should always be cooked.

You may feed raw fish once per week. If you want to feed fish more than once per week, you should cook it to prevent a Vitamin B1 deficiency. 

innards:

Acceptable innards are rumen, leaf tripe, spleen, heart, udder, lung and kidney. They do not necessarily have to be included in the ration. Innards have a higher connective tissue content compared to muscle meat. This can cause a change in feces consistency when given in large amounts. 

Liver has a high content of Vitamin A. The portion of fresh liver therefore should not exceed 0.5g per kg of body weight per day (e.g. a 10kg dog: 5g of liver per day or 35g a week).

Maw meat may have remains of thyroid which, when feeding large amounts regularly, may have effects on the hormone balance.

bones:

Feeding bones is not necessary. Our meal plan supplies the sufficient amount of calcium and phosphorus with mineral powder. If bone feeding is still desired you can replace up to a maximum of 5 % of the meat ration with meaty bones such as chicken, turkey or duck necks, fleshy oxtail or lamb ribs. 

dairy products:

Suitable dairy products such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, curd, yoghurt, lean curd and buttermilk are highly digestible proteins that partially contain lactic acid for the intestinal function. Please consider that higher amounts of lactose can lead to changes in faeces consistency. Therefore, it should always be individually tested which and how much of a dairy product can be tolerated.

vegetables/fruit:

With a few exceptions, all types of vegetables and fruit can be given. They are a source of fiber and folic acid. It is essential to exclude the following varieties: onions, garlic, leeks, avocados, grapes and raisins. Instead of fresh vegetables or fruit you can also give flakes or canned vegetables. In case your dog refuses vegetables, the feeding of cellulose fibers may be useful to balance intestinal activity. 

supplements:

  • oils: To cover the essential fatty acids we recommend safflower oil, hemp oil or sunflower oil and salmon oil. The daily amount should consist of ¾ of one of the vegetable oils and ¼ of salmon oil. Instead of salmon oil from the bottle you can use salmon oil capsules. 

 

We hope this makes feeding your dog a lot more fun! If you have any questions or would like a customized recipe, we are here to help! Please note that questions by phone and email will be charged after consultation. 

 

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