Raw Food Diet Not Just Bad for Dogs, but Owners, too

November 13, 2019

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Dogs are wonderful, loving creatures that truly deserve the title of man’s best friend. For that reason, many pet owners don’t necessarily look at their beloved friend as an animal, but rather a member of the family.

When a pet owner loves their canine companion that much, sometimes they feel the need to take extra special care of them. One of the most common ways to let your little buddy know you care is to give him something delicious to eat, but healthy as well because you want him to be around for a long time.

To that end, many pet owners have taken to feeding their dogs a raw food diet, reasoning that as animals, dogs would otherwise eat raw food anyway.

While the theory makes sense, many veterinarians are cautioning otherwise.

A raw food diet for a dog might contain raw meat, bones, fruits and vegetables. Sounds healthy, right? Wrong, but not necessarily for the reasons you think.

It Is Bad for Them, Too

“The most important thing is organisms. There’s high reports of salmonella, clostridium, campylobacter,” says veterinarian Maureen Saunders.

The preservatives and everything else that human’s do to our food nowadays is actually what makes our food bad for a dog. No one ever thinks that it might be us that can make the dog sick, but in this case it is true. Dogs are every bit as susceptible to the harmful organisms that are dangerous to humans.

So if you want to treat you furry friend, consult a veterinarian. It is possible to give your dog a raw food diet the way nature intended them to eat, but always talk to a vet first for pointers.

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