Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat? Vet Warns Against Food plan for Pets

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A top veterinarian has warned dog owners against feeding their pets raw meat, after a Reddit post about collecting uncooked flesh for his pups caused outrage on the platform.

The post, which has already received 12,400 upvotes and 1,100 comments, featured an image with a whole lot of containers full of raw meat.

The poster, who went by the name cenatutu, wrote: “My dogs only eat raw meat as I feel it is best for them but I don’t need to pay the high cost. So after ads requesting leftovers, extra, freezer burnt meat. I just made enough grind to feed my dogs for 9 months. Free.”

Feeding dogs raw meat has burgeoned in popularity over recent years, although no health advantages from it have been proven. A recent survey conducted by BMC Veterinary Research listed the the explanation why some pet owners select this weight loss program.

Some 26 percent said it was to respect dogs’ carnivorous nature, 24 percent said it was to enhance the pet’s health, 21 percent said that they had problems with business food up to now, 19 percent said they didn’t trust pet food, 6 percent said their dog didn’t eat business food and 4 percent gave other reasons.

The post was made on the r/Frugal subreddit, where users share their suggestions and stories on the way to best profit from a frugal lifestyle. The vast majority of the subreddit often features suggestions and advice on budgeting, recycling, restoring, refurbishing and zero-waste lifestyles. Nevertheless, the raw meat gambit was poorly received by the community, and the thread ended up being locked by the moderators.

One user said: “It is a ridiculous fad. Vet tech here. We see numerous dogs within the ER with intestinal parasites and malnutrition after being fed these raw diets, it’s crazy”. One other person wrote ” Right, They will be feeding their dog 9 month old trash meat lol”.

A frightened user raised the problem of bacteria contamination from dog to human: ” Do you are concerned in any respect about your dogs spreading germs and bacteria from the raw meat? Like in the event that they eat some after which wanna lick you? I just don’t see how it could be secure” while one other one added: “Cross contaminating a whole house, yikes.”

One other offended user was outraged by the incontrovertible fact that the post was even allowed on the platform: “I feel it’s dangerous to permit a post like this on the subreddit. Not only is a raw food weight loss program very dangerous for dogs, but OP admitted to letting the frozen meat undergo an additional freeze/thaw which only adds to the danger.”

Dogs should not different from humans on this sense and are also exposed to bacteria that might be present in raw meat.
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While most users took to the platform to precise their outrage, a couple of commented in favor.

One person wrote: “That is sensible. I also feed my dogs raw, and this might save me a lot money! Great Tip!!”

Commenting on their post cenatutu added that they weren’t attempting to debate raw feeding and wouldn’t give out any direct advice on the way to feed raw. “I don’t recommend most individuals raw feed. I’m not giving advice on here or in dms. I even have scales, conversion charts, and follow a really rigorously dietary formula.” the comment said

But from a medical viewpoint, can dogs eat raw meat?

Is it secure for dogs to eat raw meat?

While it might appear to be an interesting idea to save lots of the additional money, feeding dogs raw meat isn’t secure and may pose a serious health risk.

In response to Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, senior veterinarian at Schwarzman Animal Medical Center, dogs should not different from humans on this sense and are also exposed to bacteria that might be present in raw meat.

“We cook meat (of all kinds: fish, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, etc) to kill microorganisms that may make us sick. Ditto for our pets. That’s the reason veterinarians DO NOT recommend diets based around raw meat,” she told Newsweek.

She also stressed the incontrovertible fact that feeding your dog a raw meat poses risks to human members of the family from cross-contamination, with the very young, the elderly, and people with cancer and other conditions at best risk. “The safest thing to do for all members of the family, human and furry, is to cook meat before eating.”

Newsweek has reached out to cenatutu for comment.

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Feeding your dog a raw meat poses risks to human members of the family from cross contamination, for instance from cutting boards, dishes, countertops and hands, which could also be contaminated with microorganisms.
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