PREY vs. BARF: Similarities or differences?

Today we are looking at the differences and similarities between the BARF and PREY feeding methods. In principle both methods have the same goal: to feed the animal a healthy and species-appropriate diet. Both feeding methods are suitable for feeding the animal a healthy diet. That is why our comparison is actually about the similarities between the two methods and not about the differences.  

  Most dog owners are certainly familiar with BARF by now. While PREY has not yet achieved the same level of awareness, it is still catching up. Both methods were developed for domestic dogs. The term BARF was coined by the Australian vet Ian Billinghurst in the 1990s. It originally meant feeding raw meat, offal, bones and raw vegetables. There are now countless variations of BARF, including PREY.    


The word "Prey" comes from the English language and can be translated as "prey". The PREY method is actually relatively similar to the BARF method. However, with "PREY" you should feed a whole prey animal and feed it raw.

Furthermore, fruit, vegetables and food supplements are avoided. Instead, fur, blood, roots, berries and the like are added. This method of feeding raw meat from a whole animal is called "whole prey".

However, you can also opt for the so-called Franken-Prey method. This involves trying to replicate a natural prey animal or a part of it, using the percentage of meat, offal and bones as a guide.

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As the PREY method always feeds the whole animal, we offer the PREY as a menu.


Barf has already been explained several times on our website. But here is a brief overview so that you can see the similarities to Prey at a glance. The abbreviation BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Species-appropriate feeding is based on the diet of wolves and was originally designed for dogs. Like Prey, the diet is based on the structure of a prey animal. The Barf rations are supplemented with oils, vegetables and food supplements. This means that with Barf, the meal is freshly prepared from raw meat and fresh ingredients. Otherwise the dog would lack certain nutrients, which are supplied by these supplements  


In conclusion, it can be said that there are more similarities than differences between Barf and Prey. In contrast to Barf, the Prey model is only recommended for dogs, whereas Barf is also possible for cats. Basically, it doesn't really matter whether Barf or Prey, because both are healthy and species-appropriate. In addition, both methods are certainly more suitable than store-bought ready-made food. What you should pay attention to is the financial outlay and the procurement and storage of the food. As Prey does not contain any additives, it may be necessary to use fish oils, as otherwise an iodine deficiency may occur. Of course, it can also happen that a pet does not want to be fed raw meat diet and therefore has to be fed a different variant. 

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