Puppy Barfen – Which BARF supplements does your dog really need?

One of the most controversially discussed topics around the bar, is the topic of additions. Which additives are really necessary? Which accessories are decorated with the luxury status? And what additives may do more harm than good for them? We will cover all these questions in this article and give you an overview of what you really need to give your adult dog all the nutrients it needs.

Before we look at the additions in detail, it must be said very clearly:


do not need them!

This supposedly “simple” solution usually does more harm than good, because it usually contains things that the dog either does not really need, or that the powder of the ingredients ratio does not suit your dog. This usually leads to over-supplies, which can negatively affect the health of the dog.

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1 But what additives do I have to feed?

1.1 1. High quality oils:

1.2 2. Seaweed:

1.3 4. Cod liver oil:

1.4 5. Herbs:

2 In addition, it may make sense to feed the following products:

2.1 1. Green Lipped Mussel Powder:

2.2 3. Spirulina:

But which additives do I have to feed?

Basically none! But (and now comes a big BUT) then the dog would really have to be fully nourished and this is difficult to implement today. Likewise, the dog today has to deal with much more environmental toxins, etc., so that a certain feeding of additives makes sense and becomes necessary.

1.High quality oils:

To recommend here are fish oil and coconut oil. But also mix oil, the so-called 3-6-9 oil serves the purpose. Which oils are really good for feeding and what should be considered, you’ll learn in this article: Oils – What you really need?


Seaweed is offered as a powder. Please make sure when buying that the manufacturer specifies the iodine content, because the exact dosage must be strictly observed, as overdosing with iodine usually leads to significant thyroid problems. The regular feeding of sea fish requires no supplementation of seaweed.

4.Cod liver oil:

On the market are mainly products from the liver of cod. This liver contains a high proportion of vitamins A, E, D as well as iodine and phosphorus. Since many of these substances are also contained in sea fish, it can be dispensed with the supplementation of cod liver oil in the feeding of sea fish. Otherwise, a feeding twice a week is recommended. The correct dosage, however, depends on the product and the other nutritional plan of the dog.


Although the amount of fed herbs is usually quite small, we recommend feeding in conjunction with the fruit and vegetable portion of the feed. The best example is the relevant medicinal herbs, such as Peppermint, sage, nettle, …. The easiest way to feed herbs on the herbal mixture from the trade. Of course, it is equally possible to even grow herbs or to pick them with the appropriate knowledge. Please take care that some

Herbal mixtures already contain seaweed so that they no longer have to be fed separately.

In addition, it may make sense to feed the following products:

1.Green lipped mussel powder:

These preparations, which are derived from the New Zealand green-lipped mussel, contain a variety of minerals, trace elements and antioxidants. Of particular note is glycosaminoglycans.

2.Brewer’s yeast:

Brewer’s yeast contains many minerals and nutrients, e.g. Iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, …!

It should be noted, however, that brewer’s yeast is firstly very rich in purine and is not always well tolerated by sensitive dogs.


Spirulina is an alga that is very nutritious.