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Dog's flatulence, flees, bad skin, allergies, cancer, etc
Many dogs are suffering from flatulence, have flees, bad skin and often die of cancer. Haven't you ever wondered why only humans and their pets get cancer. In the wild, where animals eat the way nature intended, cancer and these modern diseases are virtually extinct.

Regular Treatments
Normal treatments look a lot like the treatments for humans: Fighting the symptoms and not looking for the causes. Your dog has flatulence, then you should switch commercial food brands. If it has flees, use some poison. It his skin is bad, use some creams. If it has cancer, then let's try to kill the cancer. Seemingly, nobody ever wonders about this.

New Treatments
When you start to look for the real cause, it's always wise to first check the food. Let's review some facts:

  • A domestic dog originates from a wolf. They differ in only 1% to 2% in their gene sequences.
  • Wolves and domestic dogs also have identical digestive tracts.
  • Domestic dogs are carnivores, which means they primarily eat meat.
  • Commercial dog food contains loads and loads of grains.
  • Grains are polysaccharides and very difficult to digest for dogs and humans.
I think you are starting to get the picture here ?

The B.A.R.F. diet: Bones and Raw Food
The perfect diet to prepare for your dog, would be the food he would eat in the wild. This is primarily meat, bones, organs, eggs (all raw). Also, a wolf really likes to eat the stomach contents of its prey. This contains predigested vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and minerals. So, you can also give your dog vegetables. They seem to be very important, because the wolf knows it instinctively.

Won't my dog die because of all the bacteria and parasites or the splinters of the bones
No way: Wolves don't leave a piece of meat in the wild because it lay in the sun for several hours. Their digestive juices are stronger than those of humans and it kills virtually all bacteria and parasites. You can keep the meat and bones in your freezer and take out the parts you need the next day and put those in the refridgerator. People on the raw paleolithic diet even eat meat raw and don't get sick. The paranoia about bacteria is all in our head. Ofcourse, after feeing your dog, it would be wise to wash your hands and not leave the bacteria on your hands for hours, because then the population increases multifolds.

Where to start
Just go to your local butcher and ask for the cheapest meat and bones they've got: Chicken backs, chicken wings, beef ribs, heart, kidney, liver tripe, etc. You'd be astonished to see how much meat you can get for such low prices. Get plenty of eggs and give them raw with the shell. At first the dog won't understand how to break the shell so help him out by breaking it while he sees it. Next time (some need longer) they will finally rediscover their wild nature. Get some vegetables once in a while: carrots, turnips, parsnip, green beans, yellow squash, zucchini, dark green lettuces, celery, a little spinach, kale, turnip greens or broccoli. You can also add some olive oil.. Fish is also allowed. Just feed entire fish (with head, organs, scales and fins) like blackfish, whiting, red fish, mullet, sardines, mackeral, etc.

It is very important that the food is raw. If you give your dog a cooked bone, it will splinter and kill the dog. Raw bones are of no problem at all. Read the BARF FAQ for lots of information.
And be sure to read and watch this: The BARF Pictorial: A great place to get a good idea of the diet.

Further readings
Dogs- Anatatomy of a Carnivore and Dietary Need.
Book review of: Give your Dog a Bone by Dr. Ian Billingherst and how our dog benefited from it.
Further studies and articles concerning the optimal diet for dogs and cats.

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