Dog food myths: raw diets

There are many dog food myths, some of which are about raw food diets.

It’s a myth:
Many pet owners think feeding their dogs and cats foods that mimic the raw diet of wild animals is the right thing to do. Nothing could be further than the truth.

The facts:
Raw diets may contain bacteria.
Raw meat and poultry may be contaminated with harmful microorganisms such as salmonella.
Feeding raw meets to pets can expose them to bacteria, parasites, and protozoa.

Preparing and feeding a raw diet can also expose your family to harmful organisms.
Members of the household will also be exposed to the same bacteria, protozoa and parasites when you feed a diet containing raw meat to a cat or a dog.
These microorganisms pose greater risk to the young, the elderly and those with weakened a immune systems.

In one study, Salmonella was found in 80% of raw diets and 30% of fecal samples of pets fed raw diets. This poses a threat to members of the household.

Bones as part of a raw diet can be hazardous to pets’ health.
Raw and even cooked bones can fracture teeth.
Jagged or sharp bones can tear the esophagus, stomach, or intestines.
Fragments of bone may become lodged in the GI tract.

Raw diets may not be nutritionally balanced or complete.
Diets made of mostly meat or poultry and bones may be lacking in important nutrients.
Calcium deficiency is a common problem with these diets.
Vitamin A toxicity can occur if large amounts of raw liver are fed.

Remember:
A raw food diet may not be the best choice for your pet. This type of food can expose your pet and your family to harmful microorganisms, physically injure your pet and lead to nutritional imbalances.

There are many dog food myths and picking the best food for your pet can seem daunting.  For more informations on feeding your pet, call the Rannals Small Animal Hospital in Whitehouse, Texas at 903-839-7235.

Information on this blog taken from Purina.

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