Belinda Pretorius, owner and founder of Dogmatters worked very closely with Dr Ian Billinghurst from Australia, who pioneered the BARF diet over 30 years ago, when she set out on her mission to help her beloved friend Basel, a Labrador who suffered ill health. Basel was diagnosed with diabetes at an early age. With a change to a raw diet Basel lived until the ripe old age of 13!

Dr. Ian Billinghurst had a simple mission: “Improving Companion Animal Health through Evolutionary Nutrition”.

“If our cats and dogs are to achieve the long life and health they deserve, they should eat the food that evolution designed them to eat. Many pets don’t tolerate modern processed pet food well and their health and wellbeing will benefit significantly from a diet change to the BARF diet. The result of this healthy raw evolutionary diet can be a reduction in many common health problems such as obesity, arthritis, allergies, autoimmune disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and other gastro-intestinal conditions, kidney disease and so many more”. Obesity is the world’s biggest health challenge not only in humans but also in our cats and dogs.

Benefits which are usually noticed in pets fed a raw diet are healthier skin and a shiny coat, increased energy, healthier teeth, strong bones, reduced stool volume and odour, to name but a few!

The gap between pet food and human food is fast growing smaller and discerning pet owners have begun to evaluate their dogs’ nutrition as closely as their own. 

Nowadays the food we, as humans, eat contains harmful substances, we are turning more to real foods in their natural state – unprocessed options that allow for all the nutrients, and none of the dangerous additives. We too are turning our focus on our cats and dogs so that they too can live a healthy, long life.

Dr Billinghurst has written several publications, details of which can be found in the ‘Reading Room’.  

Dr B’s (aka Billinghurst) bio can be found here

Reading Room

  • Pointing the Bone at Cancer :  Author – Dr Ian Billinghurst
  • The BARF Diet – Resorting Animal Wellness : Author – Dr Ian Billinghurst
  • Grow Your Pups with Bones : Author – Dr Ian Billinghurst

Other publications worth a read

  • Not Fit for a Dog : Author – Dr Michael Fox
  • The Ultimate Diet : Author – Kymythy Schultze
  • K9 Kitchen : Author – Monica Segal
  • Fresh Food and Ancient Wisdom : Author – Dr Ihor Basko
  • The Paleo Dog : Authors – Dr Jean Hofve and Celeste Yarnall
  • Pukka’s Promise : Author – Ted Kerasote

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