The Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

We are firm believers in supplementing our dogs’ diet their most natural, basic diet: a raw diet. Basically, a paleo diet. meaning they are eating what their bodies naturally, biologically thrives on. Before you skip over this thinking, “No way!” watch the VERY informative video from veterinarian, Dr. Becker, above. In short, a diet based on the way canines are genetically designed to eat. You’ll never think the same way about feeding your dog ever again!!

Her first food on the list, homemade raw diet, is very time-consuming. So, we recommend a commercial raw food diet, which is second on her list. The BARF (.iologically A.ppropriate F.ood) is formulated by veterinarian Dr. Ian Billinghurst and based on 4o years of research. The BARF “multi-mix patties” (which look like hamburger meat) that are  part of the BARF diet (BARF World, Inc) are convenient and shipped right to your door, and what we recommend MOST for our dogs and puppies, and is similar to Dr. Billinghurst’s original recipe. Feed about HALF of the suggested amount on the bag (that would be for a very active, working dog). Also, be sure to use coupon code #1079 to get a DISCOUNT on your order. You’ll also enjoy their Gold level club and get free shipping to your door. By that time, it is about the same price as a premium commercial kibble, but it is the BEST, most appropriate diet you can feed your dog. Note: not all dog foods touting they are “raw” are genuinely raw. Many are simply kibble ingredients in a ‘soft’ form. This is NOT real raw food and can contain lots of processed carbs and starches with cheap protein sources. We ONLY recommend BARF World Inc, because of the research and the formulator, and their particular recipe.

As Dr. Becker mentioned, most dogs are deprived of the moisture that they really need in their diet because their whole lives they are on only dry kibble. However, we see the most common answer to this over the most recent years being smelly canned wet food, which appears to be chunks of meat like substances soaked in gravy. And how fresh is that really? A balanced meal of raw veggies, protein, and meaty, ground bone is the most natural you can get when feeding your dog. Dogs do not need an excess of carbohydrates in their diet to thrive. Europeans are far ahead of us! They expect their dogs to live into their twenties and have been feeding this diet for hundreds of years.

Learn more about Raw Diet on the EML Blog!

Not all raw foods are equal! As dog food companies begin to jump on the bandwagon of raw feeding, as you can imagine, the food revolution takes place. Many are pumping out low-quality foods (with cheap proteins in the forms of beans) that are nothing more than the inferior ingredients in the processed kibble foods. They add GMO’s, phytoestrogens, fillers, meat “meal” (not true high-quality protein), and legume-based proteins. They process it and pump it full of sugar in a tube and call it “raw.” Beware of products with high fructose and anything with lots of legumes or soy; this will wreak havoc on your pet’s hormones and other organ functions.

The BARF diet is truly complete and balanced, convenient, and simple to feed (if not homemade) with high-quality proteins from non-GMO, grass-fed animals, and without antibiotics. The fruits and veggies are in a pulverized form (the only form that pets can assimilate, not “chunked” like with some popular foods–which is just emptied out of the body as waste–and more for you to pick up). Call them at 1-866-282-2273 (BARF®) and use affiliate code #1079 and ask for a  representative, who will help you customize your diet for your dog/puppy’s needs. Using the above affiliate code will help you get quantity discounts, huge price breaks, and personalized mentoring with the company. You can also use THIS LINK.
The convenient patty form is easy to feed your dog and stores easily in your freezer. There are four varieties that you can rotate without causing any GI issues.

What we have found to be the most convenient and affordable for some, is a feeding regimen is to feed a half kibble (Life’s Abundance Dog Food), half raw diet. Not only will you see fewer stools on this diet, but with keeping the kibble in their feeding schedule, it makes it more convenient for when you do take a trip either with or without your dog. But we should note that BARF does carry freeze-dried nuggets now that you can have on hand when you travel or if you are away from home or your pet is at a daycare or boarding kennel. We DO NOT recommend mixing kibble and raw together, but either/or fully, or one one day, one the next–not allowing both to be in the GI tract at the same time.

This way his body is still adjusted to kibble and you don’t have to worry about keeping patties frozen. And you know the kibble you are feeding, is a HIGH-quality one. Not to mention, both of these food companies deliver right to your door, deeply frozen which kills all parasites and bacteria. Can’t get much better than that! BARF World also makes countless other holistic products for your pet that you’ll find yourself adding to your inventory! Join many Europeans who have already learned for decades and longer that this diet is the best!

TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING TO RAW (I’ve found that for LABRADORS, the directions for the feeding amount on the BARF multi-mix patties is too high, so here is how I recommend you feed your lab BARF):
Don’t overfeed–feed about HALF of what is recommended by weight on the bag (unless your dog is a VERY active dog). I also recommend fasting your pet for 24 hours before introducing the new diet. This way you can switch over more quickly and both food will not be in the GI tract at the same time. BUT ideally, we recommend 100% raw

OH! One the BEST things about this diet…especially a fully raw diet…NO MORE SMELLY, HUGE KIBBLE POOPS TO PICK UP!  YAY!!! (Basically, the poop dries up and breaks apart like a charcoal briquette…you can do less poop scooping and more cuddling with your furry family member!)

20 Questions you may be asked (see BARF World, Inc site for more info!)

  1. What exactly is BARF®?​ BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, or Bones and Raw Food.
  2. How long has BARF® World, Inc. been in business?​Since the summer of 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 to be 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.
  3. What goes into the BARF® Diet?​ The BARF® diet is a natural, whole raw diet composed of high quality raw meat, vegetables and bone, as well as one proprietary blend of vitamin/mineral mix and love.
  4. What are the benefits of BARF®?​ Living Enzymes are proteins found in raw foods which help the body function. Enzymes are only beneficial to the body if they are living. Once food is cooked or heat processed, it no longer contains living enzymes. Foods without living enzymes put stress on the pancreas to produce the necessary proteins to function. Living Enzymes in a raw diet restore, repair, and maintain health. Animals replenish their enzyme systems by eating raw unprocessed foods. Our convenient Patties, Chubs and/or Nuggets retain their living enzymes, along with phytochemicals, antioxidants, and unprocessed amino acids. Your pet’s long term health depends upon these factors to ensure a long and healthy lifespan. These living enzymes are what make the BARF® diet so beneficial. Some additional benefits are as follows:

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Some ways the BARF diet can help your pet, according to BARF World, Inc:

“Healthy Teeth & Breath​ – Your pet will have much-improved breath, minimal tartar buildup, and beautifully clean and healthy teeth; all without having to visit the pet dentist or brushing teeth. In addition, periodontal disease, which is so prevalent with grain-based diets, is almost nonexistent.

Healthy Skin & Coat – ​This can be one of the first changes you will notice when you start feeding the BARF® Diet. If those persistent skin problems suddenly disappear or improve, and you no longer need vet visits, medicated washes, antibiotics, cortisone shots, and cortisone tablets, it is evident that the natural, healthy, and raw diet is supplying nutrients that other diets are missing. You will clearly notice the deeply colored, lustrous, thick, and healthy coat!

●  Optimum Immune System – The BARF® diet normalizes and strengthens the immune system. The immune system is a wonder of creation. Because the BARF® diet contains a good balance of essential fatty acids and other immune normalizing and strengthening nutrients, it reduces inflammatory conditions and waves goodbye to infections.

●  Enhanced Digestion & Absorption of Nutrients – ​Living enzymes break down and utilize food to maximize the digestive system’s effectiveness.

●  Degenerative Disease​ – ​Pet owners that switch their older pets to the BARF® diet usually find that whatever degenerative disease their pet has contracted becomes less of an issue. Our raw diet is not a wonder drug, but it has reversed many aggravating, degenerative conditions and has given relief to a variety of diseases. One has to only review the various testimonials to see the dramatic changes that a biologically appropriate raw diet can achieve. Even arthritic conditions are improved and you can expect to see greater mobility in your pet. This is part of the reason so many older pets have a new lease on life after switching to the BARF® diet.

●  Stool Volume & Odor – Reduced stool volume and odor is a sign of an improved and healthy digestion cycle. The BARF® DIETTM is more readily absorbed in the digestive system than grain-fed diets. The result is less stool volume and odor. Odorous stools are a result of improper or incomplete digestion of nutrients.

●  Healthy, Lean Body Mass – By feeding the BARF® DIETTM, your pet will lose unwanted fat and gain that much desired increase in muscle mass. This not only makes your pet look better, it also increases your pet’s metabolic rate, activity levels, and a healthy life span. The effect will be more rapid if you combine the BARF® DIETTM with some normal exercise.

  1. What type of issues does the BARF® Diet help alleviate?​ Allergies are less prevalent with the BARF® diet. Grain is to blame for most allergy issues, making kibble an enemy. BARF® is known to help prevent and alleviate symptoms of diabetes and arthritis. In addition, it helps strengthen the immune system, which in turn causes a lower susceptibility to cancer, viruses and infections. Free shipping is available. We also offer Freeze Dried nuggets, along with various supplements, essential oils and healthy treats and chews.
  1. How will I receive my BARF®?​ BARF® is shipped via FedEx Ground Delivery, right to your door in our disposable coolers, packed with dry ice. You will receive your order within 1-3 days depending on your shipping zone.
  2. What is AUTOBARF?​ ​AutoBarf is our membership program. Our Platinum Membership is $99 per year. You will receive FREE SHIPPING on your orders, will automatically be enrolled in our rewards program, will have the option to mix & match your cases and your fur baby will also receive a Holiday gift at the end of the year. We also offer our Gold membership for a $79 one time annual fee. Our raw food specialists are available Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm CST to answer any questions you may have about feeding amounts and what to order. We will then schedule your future orders through our flexible autoship program. Also included in your annual fee, you will receive FREE GIFTS, exclusive promotional offers and discounts.
  3. Is it SAFE?​ The BARF® diet mimics what animals thrive on in the wild. Dogs and cats were not made to eat kibble! They are designed to eat raw food diets. They have shorter 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.

10. Is BARF® complete and balanced?​ 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.

11. Why are bones important in a raw diet and are they safe?​ 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 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. Dogs need the minerals provided by animal bones. Especially Calcium and Phosphorus. A kibble diet throws these levels off, where a raw diet balances them. An imbalance can cause diseases such as arthritis, thyroid issues and bone deterioration.

12. How much and how often do I feed?​ 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 8ounce 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.

Here is a link to our Feeding Calculator: ​

  1. What treats do I feed?​ Our freeze dried nuggets are perfect treats!
  2. Diarrhea?​ 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 probiotic supplement to help aid digestion during the transition phase. We recommend one teaspoon for every 5 lbs. of the animal’s weight. You can also use plain yogurt or kefir. Feed one tablespoon for every 25 lbs. of the animal’s weight.Vomiting? ​Your pet may have developed an allergy due to the nature of the processed nature of the food given. ​Do not continue to feed the specific protein thatmay be causing the problem. Instead, switch to another variety. For example, you may be feeding the Beef patties so switch to Chicken. 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.-Use our E-BARF Plus probiotic supplement to help aid digestion during the transition phase. We recommend one teaspoon for every 5 lbs. of the animal’s weight. You can also use plain yogurt or kefir. Feed one tablespoon for every 25 lbs. of the animal’s weight.-Feed smaller, more frequent meals as your dog may be eating too much, too fast, causing them to throw up the excess food.

15. Organic ingredients?​ ​No. We believe that using USDA sourced ingredients is an adequate supply source as well as helping to keep the cost down. 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.

16. Where does your meat come from?​ ​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 Australia – our chicken, beef and pork all come from USDA inspected facilities.”


17. What do I do with the cooler it’s shipped in?​ We do not currently have a return program in place.. 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:​You can also check with your local UPS or FedEx store as they sometimes take the coolers for 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.

. Supplements available​- 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 Alaskan Natural 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. 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.


●  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, picky eaters, underweight issues and depressed immune systems caused by cancer and other degenerative diseases.

This is the best guarantee you will find. Our 100% money back guarantee is risk-free! If you don’t agree this diet is the most effective natural remedy for your pet’s skin problem, or you and your pet are not completely satisfied with the Original BARF Diet Premium pet food–simply email us and we will issue a 100% refund on the spot. No hard feelings and no questions asked. All the risk is on us! (”