Dec 1, 2013 - of raw meat–based diets for dogs and cats

Besides meat, eggs provide an ideal protein source for dogs eating raw-food diets.
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Current knowledge about the risks and benefits of raw meat–based diets for dogs and cats, doi: 10.2460/javma.243.11.1549, Lisa M. Freeman, Marjorie L. Chandler, Beth A. Hamper, Lisa P. Weeth, published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine, 1 December 2013., news release form Tufts University, accessed 3 January 2014.
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An earlier study () cultured 112 samples of commercial raw meat used in greyhound diets. Almost 45% of samples were positive for Salmonella serovars and there was widespread antimicrobial resistance. The findings, however, are not restricted to meat fed to greyhounds. Salmonella serovars were isolated from 3.5% of fresh ground beef samples collected from retail stores in the United States (). Salmonella serovars were isolated from 20% of broilers, 8.7% of market hogs, 7.5% of ground beef, 44.6% of ground chicken, and 49.9% of ground turkey () samples from federally inspected facilities in the United States. In a group of racing sled dogs, where diarrhea is relatively common during racing and raw meat feeding is prevalent, Salmonella was isolated from approximately 63% of fecal samples (). There was no significant difference between dogs with diarrhea and with normal stool. Another study of pet dogs consuming mostly commercial foods found an isolation rate of about 1% (). may experts to recommend raw meat diets for dogs, similar to what wolves eat.
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Yes, the bacteria in raw meat might hurt your dog IFthe dog already has an immunocompromised system or some underlyingproblem. Raw diets have also been blamed for causing things likepancreatitis and kidney disease, when in reality the underlying diseasewas already there and was brought to light by the change in diet. Dogsare surprisingly well-equipped to deal with bacteria. Their saliva hasantibacterial properties; it contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lysesand destroys harmful bacteria. Their short digestive tract is designedto push through food and bacteria quickly without giving bacteria timeto colonize. The extremely acidic environment in the gut is also a goodbacteria colonization deterrent. People often point to the fact thatdogs shed salmonella in their feces (even kibble-fed dogs do this)without showing any ill effects as proof that the dog is infected withsalmonella. In reality, all this proves is that the dog has effectivelypassed the salmonella through its system with no problems. Yes, the dogcan act as a salmonella carrier, but the solution is simple—do not eatdog crap and wash your hands after picking up after your dog.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.Raw Meat Diets for Cats and Dogs? is an objective and critical evaluation of the advisability of feeding a raw meat-based diet to pet cats and dogs. It reviews the scientific literature on the issue and explores the arguments for such a diet. If you are interested in taking a careful, critical and objective look at this dietary trend this is the book to read.One study evaluated 25 commercial raw food diets for dogs and cats (). Coliforms were found in all diets and Salmonella in 20%. Another study looked at the association between feeding raw meat and Salmonella enterica infections in a greyhound breeding facility (). The bacteria were isolated from 93% of fecal samples and 66% of all samples (environment, feces, food). The investigation was prompted by an outbreak of illness in the dogs linked to the feeding of raw meat that was classified as unfit for human consumption. In the 10 mo prior to the investigation, 27 puppies from 8 litters had been affected, with 37% mortality.