At Carlson Animal Hospital, we strive to take care of our patients as well as their owners. As veterinarians we have a responsibility to care for animals, to promote public health, and protect pet owners.
One of the more worrisome diets for veterinary professionals is the raw food diet.
This diet involves feeding “raw or undercooked animal-source protein, which includes meat or products from chickens (including eggs), turkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, fish, deer, buffalo, or other animal sources” to pets. The regimen includes raw, unpasteurized eggs and milk” as described in the American Veterinary Medical Association (Resources) raw pet food policy.
Raw food health risk
Raw diets are a health risk to the animals being fed the diet as well as to the public. Raw foods can carry harmful bacteria and pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, Clostridium and Campylobacter, parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii, and Cryptosporidium and are often not nutritionally balanced. (more…)