Practical information about commercial pet foods and what goes into them.
Although raw meat diets are popular among some pet owners, there is no scientific evidence that they provide any specific health benefits other than being highly digestible. In fact, raw pet food diets may present several major health risks.
"If you’re considering feeding homemade or commercial raw diets, we recommend that you first consult with a boarded specialist in veterinary nutrition for guidance. While your pet may enjoy eating raw pet food and it may have some benefits, there are several health considerations for your pet and your family that you should know about."
Raw food diets are popular with pet owners but the nutritional benefits are unproven, and most are unaware of the health risks that raw food can pose to pets — and people.
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Lenz, J., Joffe, D., Kauffman, M., Zhang, Y., & LeJeune, J. (2009). Perceptions, practices and consequences associated with foodborne pathogens and the feeding of raw meat to dogs. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 50, 637-643.