How to start with BARF feeding

BARF is naturally best for your dog, and it has never been easier to give your dog the kind of food it was intended to eat. 

The dog needs a balanced combination of meat, bones and organs from three different animals to be healthy

Do you have any questions or concerns? We’ll help you get comfortable with BARF!

I think BARF is too complicated

To help make BARF feeding easier, we made the user-friendly Vaisto series for you. In the past, you had to know quite a bit about BARF, and you had to get different ingredients and mix them yourself. It was quite time-consuming and therefore we developed the popular mixes in 500 g packages. The packages were a little inconvenient to use and therefore we decided to make an even better and more user-friendly product!

With our new MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto® products, you just start to BARF! You don't need to mix anything. You don't have to worry about your dog getting all the nutrients it needs. With this new product series we want to make BARF feeding as easy as possible for you, and therefore we have created a product that contains meat, bones and organs from three different animals along with some vegetables in a bite size all-in-one product. These new products suit both small and big dogs. You no longer need to think about what you fed your dog earlier in the week, because all of the Vaisto products are nutritionally complete.

Our MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto products are made with both the dog’s nutritional needs and convenient feeding in mind, therefore: 

  • The ingredients come from local farmers that we trust.
  • The products are 100 % natural and you won’t find additives, preservatives or grains in our dog food.
  • The prodcuts are raw-frozen. This way the natural nutrients are preserved as well as possible in our products.
  • Every meal contains meat, bones and organs from three different animals, which gives your dog a variety of different protein sources.
  • You no longer need to think about what to feed your dog earlier in the week. All our meals are nutritionally complete including balanced amount of meat, bones, organs and vegetables.
  • It's easy to serve the products because they come in bite sized portions of 25 gram each.
  • It’s easy to count how much dog food you should give because every package includes 30 bite sized portions of 25 gram each. If your dog needs 100 gram, you just give 4 bite sized portions. 

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Read some stories from our MUSHers about their experience with the MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto® products.

I don't know how to start with BARF

Well, you don't have to worry about where to start. We have made the products easy-to-use for you, so you don't necessarily need to have any previous knowledge about how to feed your dog raw. Our MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto® meals include meat, bones and organs from three different animals and are suitable for all dog breeds.

If your dog's diet consist of only MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto® meals you don't have to give the dog any additional bones. The dog gets all the amount of bones it needs from the Vaisto products, but if you want to give your dog something to chew on, a bone is a perfect match for the dog.

STARTER FORMULA

We’ve made a special product for those of you who have never given your dog BARF before.  MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto® STARTER FORMULA is made especially for dogs that are switching from dry food to BARF, or for dogs that have a slower metabolism. When switching from dry food to BARF, one must take into consideration that the dog is not used to raw food. This is why the STARTER FORMULA contains less bone, plenty of rumen with good enzymes and bacteria that promote digestion when shifting to a new diet, and a few more vegetables to keep stool consistency normal. You should use this product for two to four weeks prior to starting the other Vaisto products.

 

 

ALL BREEDS FORMULA

Our Vaisto products marked with ALL BREEDS FORMULA are suitable for all breeds that are already familiar with BARF. We have taken the dog's nutritional needs into consideration when developing these products. They are as close as it gets imitating a dog's natural food. All the products are nutritionally complete, but there are however differences in the amount of energy between the products.
 

 

 

PUPPY FORMULA

If you have a puppy, we have developed a product for puppies that are still growing in height. Our Vaisto products labeled with PUPPY FORMULA are meant for puppies that are still growing in height. The products contain a slightly higher percentage of bones so that the puppy gets all the nutrients it needs to build a strong skeleton. There are also a few more vegetables in the products so the stool will not be too hard, and so that the dog is kept slender as it still grows in height. The rest of the nutrients (meat, organs and oil) give your puppy the proteins, vitamins, fatty acids and other essential nutrients it needs. The product should be used for the whole time that the puppy is growing in height. When the dog has grown to its full height, it is time to move to the other Vaisto products.
Read stories about starting with BARF from our MUSHers.

Do I have to add something to MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto?

No, you don't have to add anything. The BARF-diet imitates nature’s way of providing everything a dog needs. Vaisto is a complete BARF meal, which includes raw meat, bones, organs and a small amount of vegetables. This means that the product contain many nutrients that are important for your dog. Dogs are still individuals, and therefore it's important to follow your dog's health, and maybe add something if you find it necessary.

Read some stories about feeding a dog BARF from our MUSHers.

How much BARF food should I give my dog?

An adult dog should be fed 2–5 % its own weight in BARF food. A recommendable amount for an adult dog is 2,5 %. (Check the table below). Every dog is unique and the optimal feeding amount depends on factors like age, activity, metabolism and environment. Pay attention to your dog’s health regularly. If your dog looks too skinny, give it more food. If your dog is overweight, give it less food. If it’s hard to find a suitable meal size for your dog, contact our BARF expert.

How often should I feed my dog?

It's recommendable that one should feed an adult dog once a day because this is what is natural for them. In the wild, dogs eats one large meal daily and then they fast. Some dogs can be very fussy, or even refuse to eat altogether if they get food too often. If your dog is used to eating more often than once a day, you can continue the same way without having to worry about the dog's well-being.

Read some stories about feeding a dog BARF from our MUSHers.

What if my dog refuses to eat raw?

It's nothing to worry about, it takes a while to get used to something new. It´s completely normal that a dog reacts negatively when you switch from dry food to BARF, since it is not used to getting such nutritious food. It's not uncommon that in the beginning a dog vomits pieces of bone that it hasn’t been able to digest. It is also normal that it might get stomach problems when you start with BARF. These symptoms usually end within a week, but sometimes it might take two weeks before a dog gets used to the new food.

Read more about how to start with BARF in our BARF Experts blog.
Read some stories about feeding a dog BARF from our MUSHers.
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It’s never been easier to give your dog a complete BARF meal!

Recommended MUSH B.A.R.F. Vaisto Feeding table

Dog's weight

Kg
2
5
10
20
30
40
50
60
Normal Active Dog
Daily food amount:
2% of Dog's weight
g/day = bites/day
40 2
100 4
200 8
400 16
600 24
800 32
1000 40
1200 48
Very Active Dog
Daily food amount:
5% of Dog's weight
g/day = bites/day
100 4
250 10
500 20
1000 40
1500 60
2000 80
2500 100
3000 120
Puppy
Daily food amount:
7% of Dog's weight
g/day = bites/day
140 6
350 14
700 28
1400 56
2100 84
   
   
   

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