Barfen, Clean Feeding & Co .: What food trends are really good for

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Barfen, Clean Feeding & Co .: What food trends are really good for

The nutrition of our dogs is a science in itself. The good news or bad news first: There is no one single perfect feeding method. But what about the current food trends? What are these really good for? We had them evaluated by veterinarians. These are the results:


The abbreviation BARF stands for biologically appropriate raw feed. This method is based on the eating behavior of the wolf, which feeds on prey. As the name suggests, all of the ingredients in the feed are raw. It is made up of around 80 percent animal components and 20 percent vegetable components.

This is what goes into the bowl when BARFing:

  • Meat, fish, offal, bones, cartilage
  • Oils, fats
  • Herbs, fruit and vegetables (porridge)
  • Yogurt, cottage cheese, quark, rarely milk and egg yolk
  • Grain hardly plays a role at BARF

Expert opinion on BARFing:

BARFing can only be recommended for healthy, adult dogs. Regular checks by the vet are essential. There are now so-called BARF profiles (a blood test for certain minerals, trace elements, vitamins, etc.) that should be carried out at least once a year. It is important that you do not lose your enthusiasm over time and do not refrain from feeding food supplements, otherwise this type of feed can quickly lead to deficiency symptoms. And: As a matter of principle, you shouldn’t feed raw bones.

Feeding dogs vegan

With vegan feeding of dogs, the feed consists entirely of plant-based foods and consists of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent proteins, 30 percent vegetables and a small percentage of fats and oils. It can be given in the form of dry food and / or made by yourself.

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This is what goes into the bowl with vegan feeding:

  • Potatoes
  • Cereals (products)
  • rice
  • Vegetable / fruit (porridge)
  • Legumes like lentils and peas
  • cooked and raw vegetables and fruits as well as oils and herbs

Expert opinion on vegan feeding:

Permanently vegan feeding is strongly discouraged for dogs, unless this has medical reasons (allergy) and has been expressly ordered by the veterinarian. Otherwise it can lead to severe deficiency diseases

Feed dogs vegetarian

The vegetarian feeding of dogs is based on the vegan one. In addition to meat and fish, animal products such as dairy products or eggs are allowed in the dog bowl.

Expert opinion on vegetarian feeding

The same applies to vegetarian feeding as to vegan feeding. Purely vegetarian food is by no means appropriate to the species and can only be recommended temporarily or for medical reasons.

The PREY method

Similar to BARFing, the PREY method is based on taking an example from the wolf’s eating habits. In contrast to BARF, dogs with the PREY method are supposed to feed themselves skin and hair from the prey in the truest sense of the word. This consists of around 80 percent muscle meat (including skin, fur and feathers), around ten percent bones and around ten percent offal. The addition of plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables or cereals is not intended.

This is what goes into the bowl with the PREY method:

Rabbit, bunny, fish or chicken. If a complete (dead) animal is not available, a large piece of meat with bones can be fed.

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Expert opinion on the PREY method:

Basically the same applies here as with BARFing, although dietary supplements are less important in this case.

Clean feeding

Translated into German, “clean feeding” means something like “clean feeding”. Clean feeding is about choosing fresh, regional organic food that is as unpolluted as possible. Feeding using the clean feeding method consists of 50 percent animal products, 30 to 40 percent vegetable products and 10 to 20 percent carbohydrates and a small percentage of oils and herbs.

This is what goes into the bowl with clean feeding:

If possible, seasonal, regional fresh fruit and vegetables; Fish and meat from sustainable regional companies that pay attention to animal welfare; Grain products and oils from organic farming.

Expert opinion on clean feeding:

As with BARFing and feeding according to the PREY method, the same applies to clean feeding: You have to calculate the ration precisely and you must never do without the addition of suitable supplementary feed. This type of feeding can be recommended for adult, healthy dogs after consultation with the veterinarian. Regular inspection of the dog fed Clean Feeding is recommended.

Feeding according to the ABAM concept

The abbreviation ABAM stands for “Abstauber get everything possible”. It was coined by the veterinarian Ralph Rückert. In addition to a basic structure of common dog food, his dogs get a piece of breakfast roll here, a wiener sausage there, leftover rice from the lunch table or a slice of apple between their teeth.

This is what goes into the bowl when feeding according to the ABAM concept:

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The name is program! Or as Mr. Rückert describes it: Everything that a school child would also be allowed to do.

Expert opinion on the ABAM concept:

Feeding according to ABAM only rarely leads to deficiency symptoms. However, this concept can only be recommended for healthy dogs that do not suffer from allergies or food intolerance. You should definitely pay attention to the portion size, as the calorie content is difficult to calculate in this case.

Feeding the dog properly – how does it work?

As already mentioned at the beginning: There is no general answer to the question of how to feed the dog correctly. But that much should be said: What goes into a dog’s bowl should always be adapted to the individual. Factors such as the dog’s age, size and daily energy consumption play a decisive role. It is important that your dog receives the nutrients he needs and that will keep him healthy and fit for a long time. Please note: If you plan to change your dog’s diet or use one of the feeding practices described above, it is important to first ask a veterinarian for advice. The feeding of sick or pregnant dogs should also be clarified with a veterinarian!