Risks Outweigh Benefits of Raw Meat-Based Diets for Pets

“Feeding pets raw meat has become increasingly popular, especially with the availability of more commercial products and home-prepared recipes, but it’s a polarizing issue. Enthusiasts claim it’s a healthier, more natural diet for dogs and cats, yet the American Animal Hospital Association and American Veterinary Medical Association have discouraged the inclusion of raw and undercooked meats in pet food, citing a potential for food-borne illness for both the pet and humans who are in contact with the pet.

The risks for food-borne illness with raw meat are real but other studies suggest additional concerns with these diets. In a recently published article in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine, a group of researchers compared the perceptions of raw meat-based diets (RMBD) against existing evidence to help separate fact from commonly held beliefs.”

 

Read more at ScienceDaily.com

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