Written by Stephanie C.

Approved by the Doctors at TLC Animal Hospital

Information about Raw Food diets:

Dogs CAN get salmonella and E. Coli from eating raw food. After eating one raw meal contaminated with salmonella, the pet can shed the salmonella pathogen in their feces for 30 days.

The USDA does NOT acknowledge the term “human grade” when it comes to meat. Almost every raw food diet website claims to use “human grade” meat.

Raw food does NOT have all the nutrition that your pet needs. It lacks sufficient amounts of Calcium and Phosphorus.

There are NO clinical studies proving that raw food diets are a good diet for pets. There are, however, a lot of opinion papers and testimonials.

The Delta Society, which is the nation’s largest group of therapy dogs, will not certify pets who are fed the raw food diet because of its ability to shed salmonella and E. Coli around immunosuppressant humans.

There are no regulatory meanings for the terms: holistic, human grade, super-premium, or gourmet.

Myths:

Freezing kills bacteria.FALSE. There are micro-organisms that have been brought back to life from fossils.

Grinding the meat kills bacteria.” FALSE. Many times human ground beef has been recalled.

Dogs cannot get salmonella.” FALSE. It has been scientifically proven that dogs can get salmonella and will shed salmonella in their feces for 30 days after one meal of raw food.

Raw food helps cut down on dentals.” FALSE. Board Certified Dentist, Dr. Robinson, did a study on foxhounds who were fed 100% raw food diets. 100% of the dogs had gingivitis and periodontal lesions. More than 50% had tooth fractures.

Bones are good for the teeth and the digestive system.” FALSE. 77% of foreign body surgeries are caused by bones. This type of surgery is usually a minimum of $1,500.

What is Salmonella?

“Salmonella is a bacteria and a common cause of foodborne illness, sometimes called “food poisoning.” ~ www.CDC.gov

In humans, typical side effects include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. These effects can last 4-7 days.

Salmonella is a “zoonotic pathogen”. This means that humans can get the pathogen from animals and vice versa.

What is E. Coli?

Escherichia coli is a species of bacteria. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. In some cases, E. Coli can cause kidney failure and even death.

Just like salmonella, E. Coli is also zoonotic and is most commonly passed around through animal feces.

Links to educate yourself about the raw food diet:

www.cdc.gov

www.usda.gov

www.aavn.org

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.aafco.org

www.petdiets.com

Links to specific articles:

FDA (Food & Drug Administration)

AVMA (American Veterinarian Medical Association)