Many say that raw food producers are ignoring the problems caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. It is obvious that pathogens are present in raw meat diets. Just like it is obvious that dry heat processed kibble contain similar pathogenic problems with salmonella, mold, and a variety of other potential hazards. The real difference is that MOTHER NATURE has equipped the dog with specialized internal safeguards that help to reduce the dangers of pathogens that would typically harm humans.
I am realistic in my views and importance of pathogen contamination, dangers exist but normally are only involved in situations such as a compromised immune system, or when other medications have triggered gastrointestinal responses. Much stronger stomach acids and a much shorter digestive track are two good reasons why the pathogen concern is reduced or eliminated in the dog. The key is the amount of time a pathogen is present in the gastrointestinal track. By providing a faster elimination time from mouth to tail the pathogens don’t have time to build toxicity and the stronger acids tend to neutralize the damaging effects of the pathogens. This is why a dog can unbury a putrified and pathogen loaded carcass and be able to digest the material without harm or detrimental effect.
Personally, I am far more concerned about feeding my dog a dry kibble product that is laced with pesticides, flavoring agents, chemicals and toxic preservatives. The continuous daily ingestion of these toxic agents tend to provide a more wide range detriment to the health of the animal than what it might receive from the periodic ingestion of pathogenic material. For example the recent Menu Foods recall that killed thousands of dogs gives me reason to question the logic and safety of dry kibble diets.
The bottom line is this: there are potential hazards when ingesting dry kibble diets or pathogens from raw meat diets. The choice is yours to make when you weigh the benefits against the risks of each product.