Top Veterinary Groups Target Raw Diets

Two of the nation’s top veterinary medical associations have come out with recommendations opposing feeding raw diets to dogs.

Posted: September 6, 2012, 5 a.m. EDT

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golden retriever puppyIn a statement raising concerns about potential harm to both animals and humans, the American Animal Hospital Association joined the American Veterinary Medical Association in taking a stand against raw food diets for pets.

AAHA published a position statement on its website that reported the association “does not advocate or endorse feeding pets any raw or dehydrated nonsterilized foods, including treats that are of animal origin.” The association based its decision on “overwhelming scientific evidence” and cited 50 sources.

“Homemade raw food diets are unsafe because retail meats for human consumption can be contaminated with pathogens,” AAHA reported.

“Studies that have been done on both commercially available and homemade raw protein diets have found a high percentage (30-50%) of them contaminated with pathogenic organisms, and up to 30% of the dogs fed such diets may shed pathogenic organisms in their stool.”

The AAHA, which accredits veterinary practices across the U.S., composed of more than 47,000 veterinary care providers, cautioned that many of the pathogens found in raw protein diets “can be transmitted to the human population by contact with the food itself, pet or environmental surfaces,’’ posing a health risk to pets, other animals and people.

Both the AVMA statement, issued in August and the AAHA statement tiptoed around the issue of whether commercially prepared raw diets are safe.

In its statement, the AVMA acknowledged that “newer technologies and other methods such as irradiation are constantly being developed and implemented” but did not state whether those technologies are adequate to eliminate pathogens.

The AVMA also recommended feeding “fresh, clean, nutritionally balanced and complete commercially prepared or home-cooked food to cats and dogs” but did not use the word “raw” when describing the commercially prepared food.

Meanwhile, the AAHA statement denounced “nonsterilized” raw foods for pets but did not say what constitutes sterilization. Otherwise, AAHA did not mention commercial diets other than in its cited sources.

An AAHA spokesman could not be reached for further comment.

 

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liantsim   Waterloo, IA

1/14/2013 9:04:49 PM

I'm really hoping more research is done on the commercially prepared raw diets. I see a lot of potential benefits to a more natural diet, but for the time being, I'm only feeding my dog minimal amounts of raw dehydrated foods until I am sure it is safe.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

12/31/2012 8:37:55 AM

Good information about hazards of raw diets. thanks

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JudithT   Bramsche,

12/28/2012 4:16:19 AM

@bk52girl hi you dont have to be afraid of the bacterias etc of your dog is a healthy one. dogs can handle them very
well.
just take a look at rawfed.com its a great site taht explains everything. you might wanna check the myths
site.
they have a yahoo und fb group which you can join and start feeding raw. they will help you with any problem if there will be
some.
i did what they say and it went great without any problems at
all.
they are sometimes a bit harsh but they know what they are talking about and would have advice for every possible
situation.
especially for your diabetic dogs you cant feed any better than prey model raw, believe
me.
it was the best decision ever i made for my dogs and cats.

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Lezlee   Kerrville, Texas

12/18/2012 5:02:06 AM

This paragraph came from a page on the CDC web site regarding salmonella in dry dog
food.

“Consumers and health departments should be aware that all dry pet food, pet treats (3), and pet supplements (4) might be contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, and consumers should use precautions with all brands of dry pet food, treats, and supplements. In contrast, canned pet food is unlikely to be contaminated with such pathogens because the manufacturing process should eliminate bacterial contamination. To prevent Salmonella infections, persons should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap immediately after handling dry pet foods, pet treats, and pet supplements, and especially before preparing and eating food for humans. Infants should be kept away from pet feeding areas. Children aged <5 years should not be allowed to touch or eat dry pet food, treats, or
supplements.”

Below I have copied and paste the links because they are very long and there are two different
pages:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5744a2. htm

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5719a4. htm



P.S. Overcooked hard kibble type dog food verses raw meat and bones looks like a 50-50 chance of salmonella poisoning either way.


Lets see....processed food verses real food. Which is healthier? Which would you give children?

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