5 Myths About Raw Food Diets for Pets | PawCulture

Apr 8, 2013 - In part 2 of a 3-part video series on raw food diets for pets, Dr
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I have been feeding my labs raw for the past 15 yrs and I will NEVER go back to commercial pet food! I have had such beautiful results with the raw method. You will however, find it difficult to find a vet who is on board with this type of diet and one who doesn’t blame anything that may arrise on a raw diet…I guess who can blame them, they make HUGE profits off of the sales of their pet food, and they don’t get to see your pets as often, meaniong less $$ for them as well. Thanks for the article, we have to tick together! Cheers!
Here is some more information about the benefits of raw food and why so many pets have thrived on the BARF Diet®.
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“Feeding raw foods to pets increases the risk that both the pet and the people around the pet will encounter bacteria that cause foodborne illness, particularly if the products are not carefully handled and fed,” Burkholder says. “This is certainly one factor that should be considered when selecting diets for your pet.” Anyone interested in a raw food diet for their pets should consult their veterinarian first, the FDA adds.
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Photo provided by FlickrNot all raw dog food is created equal. People who choose raw diets for their pets generally subscribe to one of these three models:
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Most domestic pets are, by nature, carnivores and evolved/thrived eating raw meat, muscle, organs and bone as part of their healthy development in the wild. The protein and nutrients allowed them to grow, build strength and maintain balanced health. The bone cleans their teeth and gums, and provided an excellent source of calcium. With a raw food diet, offered by specialized retailers like us at Back to the Bone, we are able to achieve the natural diet intended for pets through various options – raw meaty bones, convenient pre-packaged meals and a variety of all natural treats.The only available published information on feeding raw meats to a number of dogs and cats that could be interpreted as remotely positive is a survey study on feeding practices in the United States and Australia (). Results of the survey indicated that 98.7% of dog owners and 98.5% of cat owners deemed their pet healthy. Of all of those owners, bones or raw food were provided as part of the main meal to 16.2% of dogs and 9.6% of cats. Less than 3% of owners fed exclusively home-prepared diets. The study did not try to correlate the owner’s perceptions of health with diet, but the bone and raw food feeders would have been amongst the group that considered their pets to be healthy.Feeding of raw meat-based diets to pets has become an increasingly popular trend amongst pet owners. Owners, who desire to provide the best for their pets, seek veterinary opinions about food options. This paper reviews and applies standards of evidence-based medicine to grade the available scientific literature that addresses the nutritional benefits or risks, infectious disease risks, and public health implications of raw, meat-based pet diets. Although there is a lack of large cohort studies to evaluate risk or benefit of raw meat diets fed to pets, there is enough evidence to compel veterinarians to discuss human health implications of these diets with owners.Clearly, there is some compelling evidence suggesting that raw food diets may be a theoretical risk nutritionally. In addition, raw food poses a substantial risk of infectious disease to the pet, the pet’s environment, and the humans in the household. What is lacking, however, is level 1 evidence from randomized controlled trials or strong level 2 evidence from large cohort studies to evaluate risks or benefits of raw meat diets in pets. There is, though, sufficient evidence available that veterinarians should feel obligated to discuss the human health implications of a client’s decision to use a raw meat-based food for their pet. CVJ