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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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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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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