Prairie Carnivore follows the BARF diet model. BARF stands for: Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. This includes about 10% plant ingredients consisting of vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. Although canines are primarily considered carnivores, they still possess some omnivorous traits. Wild canines will eat fruits and vegetables naturally from consuming the gut contents of their prey and by scavenging for fruit and vegetable material when meat is scarce.
When feeding vegetables it is important to give them ones that are high in nutrients and low in carbohydrates. Leafy greens are the top recommended vegetables to add to the raw diet. Vegetables should always be pureed, steamed, fermented, or boiled before fed to dogs. Raw vegetables are difficult for dogs to digest and often just pass through and come out as waste without absorbing the nutrients. Some of the best vegetable options for dogs are kale, sprouts, spinach, and broccoli. There are also many other healthy options such as carrots, cauliflower, peas, sweet potatoes, cucumber and pumpkin.
Fruits should be about 1% of your dogs diet. It is important to feed fruits that are high in antioxidants and vitamins and low in starch. Berries are the best fruit option for dogs. Fruit is mostly water and can be fed raw or steamed. Most fruit is also high in sugar which is why only a small amount is added to the diet. Some fruits that are great for dogs are: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, banana and apple.