Health Risks in Companion Pets Fed Raw Diets

The latest RMB news from an Australian University is that there is now another sinister disease linked to the feeding of raw bones. This peer-reviewed paper has just been published. By happenstance, vets coming from overseas noted a condition not uncommon here but rare to them. Investigations suggest the habit of feeding raw chicken may well be the cause in Australian of this horrendous paralysis in our pets.

Yet another reason to steer clear of raw chicken food to our pets!!

Our clinic has Never Ever supported the feeding of raw chicken necks and wings to dogs and cats. The risk of infection in the humans around these pets was always a concern and then validated by several earlier peer-reviewed papers showing raw- chicken-fed pets were a disease risk to their owners. Coming from overseas, where this raw food trend was not common, we became aware of several clients here who became ill and the dog traced as the source of the salmonella.

Cats fed improperly cooked chicken are a known public health risk source of salmonella infection in humans.

What is not often obvious is how fastidious the recommendations are for feeding raw chicken-those vets who promote it are almost fanatical about when and from where they purchase the chicken for their cats. They don’t just walk into Coles or Woolies and pick the raw chicken from the deli that has to be cooked and consumed in 24-48hours. The raw chicken advocates spend time and money on finding the cleanest and freshest raw meats-in fact one vet I know won’t trust even his own partner (also a vet) to buy the cat raw meats. Most owners I know don’t do that-they just pick up some raw chicken along with the rest of the groceries and don’t give the disease risk much thought.

In the wild, it is the dental floss like action of predators, such as dogs and cats, ripping through the skin and fur and feathers on the dead animal that clean the teeth- not the naked necks and bones owners fed their pets. Avoid feeding tinned foods and sugar-rich human food treats to your pet to provide superior dental health protection rather than thinking the wolfed down neck or wing did anything other than represent a choking hazard to your pet. We do sadly see pets who have choked to death or suffered bloat and died due to chicken bones blocking throat or entrance to the stomach.


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