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    The Journal of Small Animal Practice (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) has published a free article on "Raw diets for dogs and cats: a review, with particular reference to microbiological hazards." The abstract is below; you can read the full article by clicking on the link.


    There is a recent trend to feed pet dogs and cats in Britain and other developed countries on raw meat and animal by‐products using either commercial preparations or home recipes. This shift from heat‐treated processed food has been driven by perceived health benefits to pets and a suspicion of industrially produced pet food. The diets of wild‐living related species have been used as a rationale for raw feeding, but differences in biology and lifestyle impose limitations on such comparisons. Formal evidence does exist for claims by raw‐feeding proponents of an altered intestinal microbiome and (subjectively) improved stool quality. However, there is currently neither robust evidence nor identified plausible mechanisms for many of the wide range of other claimed benefits. There are documented risks associated with raw feeding, principally malnutrition (inexpert formulation and testing of diets) and infection affecting pets and/or household members. Surveys in Europe and North America have consistently found Salmonella species in a proportion of samples, typically of fresh‐frozen commercial diets. Another emerging issue concerns the risk of introducing antimicrobial‐resistant bacteria. Raw pet food commonly exceeds hygiene thresholds for counts of Enterobacteriaceae. These bacteria often encode resistance to critically important antibiotics such as extended‐spectrum cephalosporins, and raw‐fed pets create an elevated risk of shedding such resistant bacteria. Other infectious organisms that may be of concern include Listeria, shiga toxigenic E scherichia coli , parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii and exotic agents such as the zoonotic livestock pathogen Brucella suis, recently identified in European Union and UK raw pet meat imported from Argentina.

    Dav Vandenbroucke

  • #2
    I know a lot of people swear by raw diets, but I would not feed my pet raw food.
    Diane and Cicero - Sr. Manager:


    • #3
      I almost put this in the fad category, as it rears its head periodically. To do it properly requires one really know what they are doing, and take all the necessary precautions. I do remember a report that some cats died due to a taurine deficiency even though they were fed a raw meat diet. I recall looking at some sites promoting such diets, and they were always ready to sell 'supplements' which one wonders would be necessary if the diet was that great. The referenced article goes into some detail the concern about salmonella contamination. And also the subjective nature of claimed benefits. But I am sure this topic will result in as many firm positions pro and con as the subject of dry versus wet cat and dog foods.


      • #4
        After Hill's recall, I tried to give my dog raw food like raw meat etc but then I found its very tough job. Recently, I gave my dog this CBD oil based food treat I think it is also good for his health. Secondly, these days I am using Fromm products because it didn't get any recall from the FDA.


        • #5
          Add me to the list of people who would never do it.
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          • #6
            Oh look, another dangerous fad that is not evidenced based. No way would I do this to Abby. She is not an experiment.
            The Bee and me, Maggie Forever! (January 1988- June 19, 2010), Irving Always! (March 1987 - October 25, 1999) Vancouver, BC, Theo my big beautiful boy. July 27, 2010-April 3, 2017


            • #7
              Not in this lifetime. Only raw food they eat is cheese )
              Karen A/Publicist