BARF For Dogs (not what you think)

The popularity of BARF: Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food that emphasise raw meat, ground bones, fruits and vegetables has been on the rise.

Since we (Ah Beng Pet Store) have recently taken up distribution of Prime100 BARF™’s Single Protein Diet (SPD), it’s only fitting that we review the product to give you a better sense of what you can expect from this natural diet!

 
 

What is a Single Protein Diet?

Much like its namesake, each Prime100 BARF SPD portion contains prime cuts of muscle and organ meat from a single meat protein source, bone, selected nutritional fruits and vegetables, natural omega 3 and 6 oils, added amino acids and essential nutrients.

Prime100’s Single Protein Diet comes in four different meat sources: Chicken, Lamb, Kangaroo, Crocodile:

The percentage of protein in each serving will vary from 12.5% (Chicken) to 13.5% (Lamb or Crocodile) and 16% (Kangaroo).

 

Our Unboxing

We kept our Prime100 samples in the office freezer, and took it out to thaw for a couple of hours, until it was soft and ready for consumption.

*Do not microwave raw foods, or leave it out for too long, meat will spoil.

Prime100 SPD is conveniently portioned, and is comes in 4 x 150g packs that are easily separated with scissors:

We found out that there was room for us to cut one portion out, without compromising the integrity of/ breaking the seals of the rest of of the packages.

This ensures the freshness of the other packages, which is something that delighted us.

For one, we wouldn’t have to waste more than one packet of Prime100’s BARF SPD, and two, spend the rest of the afternoon with four packets of raw meat just sitting around the office.

 

So What Is In A Prime100’s BARF Single Protein Diet?

This Single Protein Diet is a complete and balanced meal made from “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food” and comprises of all natural ingredients.

Each portion contains prime cuts of chicken muscle and organ meat from a single meat protein source, bone, selected nutritional fruits and vegetables, natural omega 3 and 6 oils, added amino acids and essential nutrients for muscular development.

It is also enriched with Omega 6 fatty acids to help nourish your dog’s skin and coat, and includes natural digestive enzymes to help improve gastrointestinal health.

It has no added preservatives and no artificial colours and flavours.

All ingredients sourced from human consumption facilities.

But don’t just take our word for it, check out our hands-on review:

We cracked open a serving of Prime100’s BARF SPD (or rather, simply pulled the tab off the package), and (quite literally) sifted through the ingredients:

A spoonful of Prime100’s BARF SPD Chicken

Smell

To our surprise, the Prime100 BARF SPD Chicken was pleasant smelling. Not what you’d expect of raw meat, chilled and thawed.

It smells like what you would expect chopped up chicken, vegetables and fruits to smell like – a little meaty but still appetizing, and vaguely like “cream of mushroom soup”, according to Ah Beng Pet Store’s Jacquelyn.

 

Texture

We decided that the best way we would be able to inspect the ingredients would be to dig our fingers into the meat.

After some mushing around the package with our fingers, we identified several of the ingredients listed on the packaging:

Raw minced chicken (of course), carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato (various types of orange chunks), flaxseed (that look like little grains), spinach (the green fibrous chunks), and some harder off-white chunks that we assume are ground up bone and/ or apples.

 

Portion

We then scooped the rest of the meat into a doggy bowl to show you guys the rough estimate of how much each serving/ packet would look like:

The average feeding guide recommends 200 grams per 10kg body weight daily. With that measurement in mind, one packet of Prime100’s SPD serves one small-medium dog.

 

Taste

We didn’t taste Prime100’s SPD ourselves (not for human consumption), but we found a couple of satisfied pooches (Mocha and Yoyo) chowing down Prime100’s BARF SPD.

 

Why A Raw Diet?

Raw diets, or BARF diets are acclaimed diets that mimic a dog’s natural ancestral menu. The concept of raw feeding is based upon a dog’s instinctive carnivorous bias, i.e. a sort of “wired” or “built-in” desire to chase, capture and consume another animal.

These diets steer clear from the heavy processing, which means they are also fresher, and more organic.

Several benefits of feeding your pooch a raw diet include:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller stools

Yet, we suggest you take these recommendations under advisement.

While raw diets have a plethora of benefits, there are some downsides as well: for obvious reasons, raw diets do not have the convenience of the kibble. They require preparation (if you’re making your own), and need to be stored properly (refrigerated).

Besides, there is a potential problem of bacterial contamination, such as Salmonella and E. coli, if raw foods are not stored properly.

While we fully recommend Prime100’s BARF SPD raw food diet, for the safety of your pooch, we suggest proper care and handling of any raw dog foods. You wouldn’t want them barfing up chunks of spoilt meat now, do you?

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