Is Raw Meat Safe for Dogs?

A diet of raw meat opens the way for many parasites to enter your dog's body.


Q. We have a 4-year-old dog. My boyfriend's mom gives the dog raw meat sometimes. I have read a lot of articles that say it's not healthy to feed your dog raw meat. Is it OK for dogs to eat raw meat?

Dr. Jon GellerA. The raw-meat diet is a topic of great controversy in veterinary medicine.

Most veterinarians don't like it because of the toxic bacteria that is present, such as E. coli and Salmonella.

In addition, raw meat is often riddled with parasites that will take up residence in the intestines of a dog that eats the meat. These parasites can migrate about the body, often curling up in a little cocoon-like structure known as a cyst. They can live in the intestines, wreaking havoc with normal digestion and causing diarrhea and vomiting.

Once you have looked at these worms, flukes and tiny parasites under a microscope, you hope that they never make their way into your own body.

So to answer your question, no, I don't recommend giving your dog a raw-meat diet.
Jon Geller, DVM


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Barry   JACKSONVILLE, Florida

8/24/2016 8:49:12 AM

Who is the scientist here? What makes you think raw meat doesn't cause wild animals problems and shorter life span? A pet that lives at home has the luxury of eating good food and live longer, a wild animal has no choice in what it eats. I'm pretty sure a human digging through the garbage to eat is not very healthy.

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Lori   Warrens, Wisconsin

8/23/2016 4:42:26 PM

Your a fool if you believe that raw food is bad for dog's, whild dog's eat raw food,wolves, fox, and they are always saying that domestic animals are deep down inside wild like wolves. So if it's alright for wolves to eat raw it's alright for domestic dog's as well. I've got three rotties and all three eat raw food once - twice a week, they are more energetic,their coats are shinner, their bones,teeth are very good. They do not have parasites and their vet has no problem with their raw food diet. I would rather give them what I know they are getting then to give them something that I have no clue is in their food. They get vitamins,and everything they are in need of. So take your suggestion an do more research before opening your mouth.

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jimontay   marietta, Georgia

5/12/2016 2:10:45 PM

i bet those wolves have parasites like crazy

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michael dinkins   whitesburg, Tennessee

11/21/2015 10:07:48 AM

How do you think wolves survive they dont eat plants unless they cant find food.

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