Raw meat based diets ("RMBD") can be home cooked; they are also available commercially. A new international study reveals that there are no health benefits obtained from a RMBD. There are numerous health risks including nutritional imbalances, bone ingestion causing bowel obstruction, diet-induced hyperthyroidism, and life-threatening bacterial infections including Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacter, and Listeria. Human Salmonella has been documented after the handling of RMBD food and treats. Dogs and cats fed RMBD pass live Salmonella bacteria in their feces.
I have never been an advocate of any RMBD. I have, however, experienced some situations whereby a patient of mine has seemingly benefited from a raw diet. In my opinion, the benefit was merely a reflection of the feeding of a limited ingredient diet which confirmed the diagnosis of a food allergy. I would far prefer a manufactured or COOKED and balanced limited ingredient diet.
Please don't risk your pet's life, and maybe your own, with one of these 'fad' raw diets. In a few years, no one will be feeding raw diets as this trendy fad will have completely ran out of gas.
Dr. Kimberly Daffner
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