The BARF Diet

Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

The BARF Diet section of Canada's Guide to Dogs is intended as a source of information only. We do not recommend or endorse any one diet over another, but rather, it is our goal to make available as much information as possible to help you, the dog owner, learn more about which diet is best for your companion. Always consult a Veterinarian or other professional about any concerns or questions you may have regarding your dog's nutrition requirements.

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For even more information on the subject of BARF Diets, the following is a listing of available books:

Barf Diet by Ian Billinghurst
Suggested recipes and practical information to assist in the home production of BARF diets - now everyone can do the BARF diet for their pets!
— Available from and
Give Your Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst
A runaway best seller based on the concept that a natural, raw food-based diet is best for your dog. Learn how to feed your dog(s) for maximum health, low cost and low environmental impact using raw, whole foods. Contains valuable nutritional information for anyone who is involved with dogs, including vets, vet students, breeders and dog owners.
— Available from and
Grow Your Pups With Bones by Ian Billinghurst
Feeding companion animals for maximum health. Part 1 introduces the Bones And Raw Food diet; Part 2, feeding for breeding - producing healthy pups with a minimum of fuss; Part 3, growing puppies into healthy adults without any of the skeletal diseases which are so common in modern dogs. Author recommends reading "Give Your Dog a Bone" first!
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cover Raw Meaty Bones: Promote Health by Tom Lonsdale
The most authoritative and complete reference in print on the benefits of a raw food diet for you dog. Exhaustively researched and clearly written. Provides a suggested diet, feeding tips and do's and don't's. If your vet is sceptical, give him or her a copy of the book!
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cover Raw Dog Food: Making It Work for You and Your Dog by Carina Beth MacDonald
This fun, informative, and slightly irreverent book shows you how feeding your dog a raw diet can be effective, economical, easy for you and healthy for your dog.
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cover Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Pet Diet by Kymythy R. Schultze
Prepare a natural diet for your dog or cat! Includes basic food groups, making the meal, treats and travel, making the switch, special diets, and an especially valuable extra, Holistic Animal Yellow Pages.
— Available from and
Note: Additional books on Nutrition, including Recipe Books, are available from the Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs.

Note: This section of Canada's Guide to Dogs is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.