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Raw-meat-based diets (RMBD) as a feeding principle for dogs

Journal: Tierärztliche Praxis Kleintiere
ISSN: 1434-1239
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15654/TPK-150782
Issue: 2015: Issue 6 2015
Pages: 409-419
Ahead of Print: 2015-11-23

Raw-meat-based diets (RMBD) as a feeding principle for dogs

P. Kölle (1), M. Schmidt (1)

(1) Medizinische Kleintierklinik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Keywords

Dog nutrition, Bone And Raw Meat, Bone And Raw Food, nutritional imbalances, zoonoses

Summary

BARF (Bone And Raw Food) is an increasing trend for feeding dogs in Germany. This article provides an overview of the history and principles of this type of feeding. Risks of feeding raw-meat diets include infections of dogs with parasites, bacteria and viruses. Some of these pathogenic organisms also have zoonotic potential. Additionally, raw-meat diets often show nutritional imbalances. Over-supplementation and deficiencies of nutrients are frequently found, especially regarding calcium, the trace elements copper, zinc and iodine, vitamins A and D and the calcium   :   phosphorus ratio. This malnutrition can cause clinical symptoms. Therefore, checking and optimising the diet by a specialized veterinarian is strongly recommended.