Panda, my Great Dane, is now 13 years old. At 4 years, her vet thought she would die. None of the 4 vet specialists, no premium kibble, no vet provided diet plan, no medicine helped to stem what resulted in a five months of diarrhea and a 30 pound weight loss. The only meaningful information modern medicine provided was that her intestines were red and swollen.
With the help of a natural pet store I switched to the BARF diet plan. This was before BARF World Inc and indeed other raw food suppliers existed. I bought a grinder, Dr Billinghurst's BARF diet book and began my journey to raw feeding.
The diarrhea stopped immediately; yes, with the first feeding. I could tell from the stool that all of the food was not yet fully digested, understandable given the state of her intestines, but within a week Panda was digesting and gaining weight. What was thought to be a normally thin coat and sensitivity to touch for Panda, probably because she is a white and deaf with a potential for all sorts of genetic and health anomalies, also improved.
No one was more surprised at her return to health than her vet who I returned to for vaccinations (delayed because of the health issues) and an annual check-up. Several years later when a new vet bought the clinic, Panda's story was known to him before I arrived for her first annual physical with him.
Panda is a true success story in our little corner of the world. She continues to thrive on the BARF diet meat and patties that I buy from BARF World. The product quality, timely deliveries and helpful, friendly staff make the raw food feeding experience wonderful for me too.
Also, thank you for the formulation of BARF World [E-BARF Plus] supplement! I have always had large dogs and too many supplements. I have tried the required four and five tablespoons for their size but since my dogs did not care for the flavor, they often refused to eat. With one tablespoon of [E-BARF Plus] my dogs have always eaten their food gladly.
- Wendy Luck
Taika is my Finnish Spitz who has been on BARF all her life. It has just been easy. Her digestion is great, her weight is great, her energy is up, up, up always! It's so easy to prepare- I'm just delighted on all accounts. Her coat is glossy, which is due to proper nutrition. She has a good immune system. Eating correctly certainly bolsters one's health and she is a walking example of canine health.
- Suzanne Macaulay
Colorado Springs, CO
I’d like to thank you for your kind words of acknowledgement. It is a rare treat to find an organization so devoted, and with such a clear agenda of absolute concern, and love of animals. I regard our furry companions as "Precious Life," so dear to our hearts, and would like to thank you for your dedicated efforts of bringing the real nutritional needs of our dear furry friends to focus.
With your efforts, we now have the means to break the bonds of bogus information the pet food industry ha so cleverly crafted. It is only common sense that the dead food they have falsely led us to believe was of nutritional value is actually creating health problems that have cost us untold expense and pain.
I am convinced after seeing the wonderful changes that have come over my dog, Marky in the way of weight control and fulfillment the raw food diet has brought forth, that I am now one of your biggest advocates of your nutritional philosophy. I have already convinced several of my neighbors and friends of the value of your BARF diet, and I’m positive they will soon become part of your devoted BARF family of followers. I fully agree that a raw food diet is the smart way to go as I also eat many raw veggies and fruits myself, and I am a true believer of the value it has brought to my own well being. Raw food brings to the table a host of exceptional nutrition, and living enzymes.
- Paul Dumas
My dogs are doing fabulously. My 10-year-old boxer, Ella, is as spry as a 5-year-old. She keeps the younger one, Tigres, in check. They have been on a raw diet all their lives. I was making a raw diet myself at home and it was arduous. But when the BARF patties came available, I said "Sign me up!" They are doing so well on it. They have never had to have their teeth cleaned, and they are in the perfect weight category. They let ME know when it is time to eat.
- Nancy Isaacson
I spell his name Roscoe, he's a big 3 yr old Basset/Beagle mix, almost 60lbs!, and not chubby anymore since he's been on the BARF.
He started displaying symptoms around October/November '12 when his ear discharge became noticeable and then his nose started to scab and crust over before turning raw. And the area near his eyes had scabs. We tried some topical meds from the vet and switched him from Blue Wilderness holistic kibble to Science Diet.
Nothing worked and then we tried BARF in January but didn't give it enough time since symptoms were worsening and I got nervous.
We went back to the vet, changed his diet back to Science Diet and put him on a few rounds of steroids (prednisone) as well as eye meds and ear drops. As soon as the steroid round ended, symptoms returned. Last option was a drug called Atopica and at this point he diagnosed Roscoe with lupus.
I decided to try BARF instead since Atopica had some serious possible side effects and this was when the vet said he would see me in a month.
8 months later, he's the healthiest dog I can ask for and loves his BARF Diet patties. Quite a transformation from the sick dog he was.
I try to tell other dog owners about the benefits I experienced all the time, so their pets can be just as healthy as Roscoe.
- Kirill Galperin
Since on the BARF diet, Max (our 5-year-old golden) has more energy, he's more alert and I feel his sense of smell is heightened. I was skeptical at first but was amazed at all the positive changes in our boy! He can't wait to eat every day. We give him one patty in the A.M. and one in the P.M. We were also trying to slim him down - he was 101 lbs. It's been three weeks and he has lost 3 lbs...He's very handsome! Thank you for changing his life for the better!
- Kathy Slodowski
After Kirby was neutered, he began to gain a lot of weight and even developed a limp. The vet suggested that Kirby had a thyroid problem and wanted him on prescription Science Diet food. I didn't want to feed Science Diet because I knew that it was not a good diet. I also had previously lost a cat to that food. So, I did a little research online and found BARF. It made sense so I decided to try it. Kirby is losing that extra weight, is much healthier, energetic and even stopped shedding as much.
- Emilio Pace
I am so glad I finally decided to make the switch to the BARF diet for my pets. My eleven year old Dalmation named "Dodger" has lost weight. He had some arthritis in his hind quarters, but now acts like a puppy, running and jumping around. He keeps up much better with our Black Lab "Bruce". I wish I had done this sooner, and will never go back to that other way of feeding. They both love it! BARF FOR LIFE!
- Donna Russell
Here's a picture of my buddy (Rocket); he's a Norfolk terrier, 3-1/2 years old and loving life! My Rocketman has lost all of his extra "pudge." All his itching is gone and he goes nuts when I take it out of the refrigerator. I'm feeding all BARF, morning and evening. He switched pretty seamlessly to the raw food. The vet is very pleased with how he looks.
- Christine Semik
My Havanese mix, Chewy, was underweight and uninterested in his dry dog food. No matter what I tried, he just would not eat enough to gain any weight. I would have to constantly change his kibble because he refused everything. I even tried various different canned foods and, if I found one he seemed to enjoy, it was never for very long. Eventually he would refuse the food and I would have to try and find a new food to feed him.
Because of the constant change in diet, Chewy developed digestive problems and would have frequent accidents throughout the house because of the constant change in diet.
A colleague of mine introduced me to the BARF Diet and, though I was worried that raw dog food would make his digestive problems worse, Chewy was barely eating at that point and losing weight fast, which was much more concerning to me.
At first try, Chewy loved the food and I was ecstatic! His energy improved and his weight began to come back on which was a nice relief. But after about being on the diet for three weeks or so, Chewy suddenly flat out refused his BARF patties. I was worried he would starve again especially since he was already so stubborn. I began to try and supplement the BARF food with other things since I was so worried that he wasn't eating enough. Of course this only created a bigger problem because Chewy realized that if he didn't want to eat his BARF patty, he could always hold out and see what else I would offer him.
Once I realized this, I threw away all the extra bags of kibble and canned food I had around the house and decided that it was time to stop letting him pick and choose his meals. I began by giving him a defrosted patty, cutting it up into cubes with a little bit of garlic powder sprinkled on top. I also had these great freeze-dried chicken liver treats that he ADORED so I took a few and put them in the coffee grinder and sprinkled some of that on his food. If he refused to eat, I would put a cover on the food and put it back in the fridge and try again the next mealtime.
After a week of this, Chewy began to realize that his little "game" was of no use anymore. I'm glad to report that my "BARF brat" now LOVES his food again and is no longer a finicky dog. In the last six years that he's been on BARF, Chewy has not had another "accident" plus he has also gained some much needed weight.
Don't get discouraged if it takes some time to get your dog to switch to BARF because the results are well worth it!
- Amber Keiper
Hi! I just wanted to let you know how well my two "boys" are doing on their BARF diet. I could not be more pleased! We began feeding them BARF in August '07 after a few months of making my own raw dog food. I decided to change for the convenience and assurance their nutritional needs were being met.
I was recently looking at pictures of them from last Spring and was surprised to see how different they look after being on this diet for 8 months. My Yorkie mix had a very thin coat, fleas that would not go away, and tear stains. Today he is flea-free, has a thick, shiny coat and not a tear stain to be found. My Min Pin came to us from a rescue organization last March and was thin from being ill prior to his rescue. He is now glossy and muscular.
I tell everyone I meet about their diet and how well they have responded to it. Thanks for making feeding my dogs well so very easy. I am going to try it on my cat with the addition of the extra protein. I will let you know the results!
- Cherie Gudauskas
My 2 bulldog's Rufus and Lexxie are my babies. I was really worried about their health before we started the BARF Diet. Rufus had issues with yeast and was overweight. Within the last 30 days he is full of energy and I could hardly recognize him! We have notice a whole lot less pooping, especially with Lexxie, she use to poop 4-5 times a day, now twice, MAX! Rufus also had a problem with pooping after being put on an anti-inflammatory for a leg injury and that has virtually disappeared since BARF, AND we had them on another Raw Diet Food and saw pretty much no difference with anything, all Raw Diets are NOT equal! My family is so grateful for the BARF Diet and we couldn't be any happier to see Lexxie and Rufus thriving.
- Cher Castro
Hi Evan and Amber,
I wanted to send you a quick note of Thanks. Our little Karma, senior epileptic English bulldog, is doing so wonderfully on BARF. She has gone a year now without any grand mal cluster seizures. She is still on her cocktail of three medications and we are religious about her getting them on time. BUT she hasn't had a seizure. That is the most important of all. Her seizures always require hospitalization to break the clusters and they are so taxing on our girl.
Karma has reduced her weight by about 6 pounds. Doctor would like to see another 6 pounds off but it is a slow process as Karma is such a good girl she gets quite a few treats for all that goodness.
For your purposes though, while we are averaging about $220 a month on food, our vet bills have dropped by more than double that. And, Karma and mom and dad are all a lot let stressed! One hospitalization for Karma's seizures usually runs us into the $4,000 range. I am not talking about those vet bills, I am talking about all the other malady, digital cyst, eye infection, bladder or other urinary tract infections that have been a norm in Karma's past.
You see Karma was rescued from an unrepeatable breeder. Her little body had produced many puppies. She was constantly crated and not provided with good nutrition. We tried and tried different well meaning diets but the day we found BARF, we found our girls answer to a much happier healthier life.
I just want to say thank you. Your support has been invaluable. Your productions are incredible.
You are the best.
- Catherine Moore
"Joker is my Jack Russell Terrier. We started him on the BARF Diet to help him gain weight. He is missing his back teeth, so getting him to put on weight has been a challenge. Not only does he love the food, but his weight has dramatically improved in the month or two that he has been on the BARF Diet. I have my Joker back to normal, squirrel-hunting in the backyard!"
- Charlotte Rodkey
Fort Walton Beach, FL
My dog Apollo is a very high energy dog but not a big eater. BARF satisfies him and his skin and coat look wonderful. His weight stays where it should be.
- Aileen Logan
I have been feeding BARF for a long time now. We started on it because Lucy, our mini poodle, was having terrible digestive problems. She had a crisis and had to be hospitalized. She was vomiting and losing weight quickly- just wasting away. We had to force feed her just to keep her alive. But she came out of it and now she is doing as best as she can possibly do. I think the change to raw saved her life!
- Charles & Jill Ross
New York, NY
My German Shepards are loosing weight which is good. Cody has hip dysplasia but he is walking and running better. Cody seems to have a better glide to his steps. His sister Mindy, when she walks or when she runs, she has a lightness to her steps and he didn't have that before.He kind of drug his limbs along it seems and now he sort of has that lightness in his steps as well. Also when he ran his, front leg would swing out to the left instead of going straight forward and I don't see quite as much of that now.
- Robert Hughes
Santa Cruz, CA
When we rescued Greta, she was a year old and 25 lbs under weight. She was in terrible shape. Even the vet that had a wall of kibble diet in her office, advised me not to feed raw. When I took her back to the vet after being on raw the vet said, "My God, what have you done to this dog!" I gloatingly told her it was the raw diet. The diet really turned Greta around. She switched to it immediately, with no problems at all.
- Jere Murray
Marley loves the (BARF) food. He looks really good and everyone can't believe that he is almost 9. His fur looks really nice. He used to be overweight at 117 and now he's staying at under 100! On the diet his weight just came off easily and naturally. It is a big change. The vet says his weight is just right.
- Janine Dickenson
Lexi has lost weight. She is down 10 lbs from when she was overweight. Her teeth are white. She really is a beautiful dog- people stop their cars so they can look at her!
- Nancy Ruiz
My two 9-year old girls were a good 15 lbs. overweight and had constant tummy gas issues. Since we switched and used BARF World's products, they have lost weight and their coats are beautiful. As far as tummy issues are concerned, they are totally resolved. You guys have given excellent customer service and I will spread the news. Thanks so much for healthier pets.
- Ursula Terrio
crescent city, CA
I have been feeding my soft-coated wheaten terriers BARF patties for over a year now and I am thrilled with the results. My first wheaten, a female, would eat anything at all and never had any digestive issues – but was always carrying a few extra pounds that we couldn’t lose. My male wheaten would eat only a few things and that did not seem to include kibble. I tried so many different brands of kibble for him and he did not gain weight. I tried adding cheese, then home-cooked supplements, then handmade meatballs and still he did not gain weight. He was so thin that it was holding us back in the show ring.
I was advised to try feeding a raw diet for both dogs but I resisted out of fear of germs and inconvenience. Then I heard a presentation on BARF frozen patties. I decided that since I had tried everything else, I would try this and see. To my amazement, both dogs loved the patties! They had energy and stayed healthy and vibrant. My female lost weight and my show male gained weight!! I find it easy to control their weight with the patties and I always know they will eat their meals.
I am very impressed with the food. When people see my show male they often ask what I feed him and I proudly report BARF frozen patties. Try them for your dogs, they will love them!
- Sandra Ross
I have two 18-month-old Boston Terriers that are thriving on the BARF Diet. I am quite knowledgeable about body building and knew that if I put my dogs on a high protein raw diet that their muscle mass would increase.
I found the BARF Diet on the internet and thought that the price was quite reasonable compared to similar products out there on the market. The patties are so easy and convenient to feed – just thaw and serve!
The first thing that I noticed after feeding my dogs the BARF Diet patties was that my dogs started to bulk up and their coats also began to shine like never before. One of my terriers, Risa, just delivered her first litter of puppies. According to the breeder books, Boston Terriers normally have 3 to 5 puppies per litter and must have a cesarean section done to deliver. Risa had eight puppies naturally and all the puppies are plump and full of life. She is extremely healthy and full of milk.
I have had many people remark on the excellent condition both my dogs are in. I am so ecstatic about the results the BARF Diet has had on both of my dogs and I have convinced my mother-in-law and sister-in-law to feed the BARF Diet to their pets as well.
I'll never go back to kibble!!!
- Lynn Ann Bogard
Tinton Falls, NJ
Lia has been on the BARF diet for only 2 weeks and her weight is dropping back down to a healthy weight and she has more energy. She's more playful and bouncy too. She doesn't need to be coaxed to eat her food anymore and she's not trying to eat the cats' wet food instead. BARF has definitely turned around meal times for us and now everyone is happy!
- Heidi Hentila
Ollie is a gorgeous 9-year-old "charparymer" mutt. Since he started BARF, he's lost weight, has got more energy, and his eyes are clearing up!!
- Paula Knudsen