This stands for either
Bones and Raw Food
Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.
I used to prefer the first, but now I think the latter is better.
Meaning that the food must be appropriate for the animal - i.e. the sort of thing that is has evolved to eat and
which would result in the best health. As this is the whole purpose of BARFing.
The commercial foods are generally cooked meats and grains with additives. We do not know the quality of the
ingredients, and assume that the makers have the required experience and have done the tests. We ASSUME!!
Billinghurst indicates that before the introduction of commerical dogs foods in Australia - pets were generally
healthier. Then came the foods and !!!! We can all put 2 and 2 together.
All of my tinned dog foods were returned to the shop.
So BARF means feeding RAW meat and bones.
COOKED BONES ARE VERY DANGEROUS NEVER FEED THESE.
If you think of what a wild wolf eats - it is a variety of different prey animals - which each have different nutritional
values. They eat all parts including the nice fleshy bits that we may consider; with the offal (kidney, heart, liver, stomach)
and stomach contents of pre digested vegetable matter.
If you try to feed this then you won't go far wrong.