If youíve decided that feeding BARF to your dog is
the way to go but you want a way to keep track of your dogís weight -
how much to feed total (for when you buy everything) and how much you
feed of each individual food like the raw meaty bones, organ meats,
vegetables and so on Ė you might want to consider a BARF spreadsheet.
There is an excellent spreadsheet created by Lauri
and Mike Stromberg of
www.rawdogranch.com that will provide all that and more! Download
(It's 794 KB so if you're on dialup it might take a few minutes.)
After downloading the spreadsheet Ė itís only 794 KB Ė you then open it
and start inputting your dogís information. This would include his goal
weight and his current weight.
Once thatís done youíll enter the different
percentages of the foods you want to feed. The example in the
spreadsheet has 65% raw meaty bones, 35% muscle meat, 5% organ meat and
0% vegetables. This of course is up to you to tweak as you find
necessary for your dogís health.
If you have multiple dogs, itís not a problem. The
spreadsheet can accommodate up to 12 dogs. If you have more, simply
save a duplicate version (with a slightly different name) to your hard
drive and start again.
This has helped us
immensely when we first started feeding RAW. With only 2 dogs, weíve
since stopped using it as itís now become old hat for us. But we know
people who still use it all the time and swear by it. It will
definitely get you off to a good start. If you need to buy the food
pre-packaged, a meat grinder (youíll want one of commercial grade, or at
least one designed for the BARF diet), scale or other accoutrements,
visit our Dog Food page for links to
stores that sell those items.