Over the past two years, many people have been turning to the Paleolithic diet, also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, which is a modern variant on the eating regimen that people followed up until 10,000 years ago, when agriculture became widespread.
The theory is that it is more beneficial for people to follow the hunter-gatherer diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era, and millions of people around the globe now extol its virtues as a way to cut out processed food and other things that the human digestive system was not intended to eat, such as dairy.
So popular is the diet that it was Google’s most searched-for weight loss method in 2013, but it is not only restricted to humans.
In fact, dogs have their own version of the caveman diet, known as the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food regimen, or BARF diet for short.
The benefits will be clear to anyone who has given up processed foods in favour of natural ingredients, as it mainly involves eating raw meat and bones, with vegetables, fruit carbohydrates and dairy products all thrown in.
Of course, humans cook their meat and avoid eating bones, but apart from that the diets are very similar, and from your dog's point of view it is much closer to what they would eat if they were wild animals.
As such, it is better tailored to their nutritional needs, and may also mean they have improved energy levels and live longer.
Despite this, there are many risks to it - it is important to avoid any foods that could harm your dog, such as poisonous foodstuffs and bones that could splinter.
However, if you follow the rules it should provide a great way to change your dog's diet, and could be the perfect accompaniment to your own caveman diet, if you decide to follow the Paleolithic regimen.
Written by: Hannah Dyball