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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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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Trevor   oklahoma city, Oklahoma

1/16/2014 5:15:30 AM

Wild dogs/wolves have to cook their food in the wild to survive.

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lyle   austin, Texas

12/2/2013 3:29:04 PM

Dogs have short digestional tracts and are intended to consume easily broken down diets. Cooked foods are harder for them to break down, and most dog food has some kind of persevative in it. If your dog is on a constant cooked and or, dog food diet you are not doing your best friend any justice. Right now my girls eat raw venison nearly ever friday, saturday, and sunday, and have done so for over 5yrs now. I also give them raw leg bones with fur and all on them. At least, they are enjoying what they are consuming, and not being lead a life of a routine persevative induced diet.

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nathaniel   Birmingham, International

11/12/2013 6:04:38 PM

I get compliments alot from looking or stroking my dog. They all ask what you feeding her raw meat diet regular response no way or get out of here. I think people rely on vets the world is and always will be run money over people. They have the cure for aids for atleast over 10 years or so but give you those back up anti viral drugs. Wolfs are carnivores, goats are omnivores and so a rabbit. A lion is a carnivore so why should I deny my pitbull a natural diet and dogs are carnivores ask your vets commercial feeders see how honest your vet is or yiu only get a honest response when vet bill comes. Im in the uk I fed her on commercial but found they put dead horses, road kill, animal they put down no wonder dogs get cancer so much for perservatives and healthy balance diet they promise. Then they found horse meat in our beef made supermarket products oh what a surprise no wonder people get cancer dont panic our health system is free experiment on us. No vet on the planet can tell me nothink they are surgeons not nutritionist. We either visit a surgeon or nutrionist oh a vets both guess he can help in relationships aswell. Vets harfly get nutrionist experience I rest my case.

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