Why are vets against raw diet?

Why are vets against raw diet?

Raw feeding can pose a lot of problems, especially when prepared at home. Our vets don’t recommend preparing your own pet food – whether cooked or raw – as without help from a specialist in pet nutrition a homemade diet could be nutritionally unbalanced which can cause your pet to become ill.

Why raw diet is bad for dogs?

A raw food diet for dogs consists of uncooked meats, raw eggs, and whole or ground bones. But raw food could be contaminated and lead to bacterial infections that compromise your dog’s —and your own—health. Feeding your dog raw food could also lead to your pup having nutritional deficiencies.

Why is the raw food diet not recommended?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make the following statement on their website: Raw diets, especially raw meat diets, are not recommended because of the risk for salmonellosis and other infections that can affect pets and their owners.

Is a raw meat diet good for dogs?

Advocates of raw food diets site these benefits: shinier coats, healthier skin, improved dental health, increased energy, and smaller stools. Some veterinarians warn that raw diets are not appropriate for dogs who share their homes with young children or people with compromised immune systems.

Are there any recalls on raw meat diets?

There were 20 recalls for bacterial contamination of raw meat diets and treats in 2015, while there was only 1 during the same time period for a dry cooked diet. While pets can get sick from eating raw meat diets, these diets can also pose a risk to the human family.

Is there such a thing as a raw diet?

They can be homemade from various recipes (e.g., BARF or Ultimate Diet) and are also available commercially from a variety of companies. Commercial raw diets are typically frozen or freeze-dried but some can even look like regular dry food (e.g., diets with a raw meat coating or kibble mixed with freeze-dried raw chunks).

What foods should I avoid on a raw food diet?

Foods to Avoid 1 Cooked fruits, vegetables, meats and grains. 2 Baked items. 3 Roasted nuts and seeds. 4 Refined oils. 5 Table salt. 6 (more items)

Can a foster animal be on a raw meat diet?

For safety reasons, raw meat diets are not allowed in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. In addition to the nutritional imbalances of these diets, raw meat products are likely to carry bacteria (like any raw meat products we encounter at home or in restaurants).