What are the dangers of feeding a raw meat diet?
The first question I always ask is danger to whom?
- Is it the dog?
- Is it you or I the human?
These are two separate concerns. Let’s cover the concern to the animal first.
In my opinion there is no such thing as a completely safe diet for the domesticated dog and cat whether it is a dry food, canned or natural raw meat diet. Each diet has its pros and cons. From my experience however, I can attest to the fact that animals raised on our formulas for over 35 years have experienced improved health and vitality over all the other canned and dry formulas. There are reasons for this advantage. The raw diet has not been heat processed which is the biggest detriment to all dry and canned products. The advantage gained is a diet that has its nutrients preserved as nature intended and still contains active enzymes and phytonutrients that create essential life giving and life extension qualities. As far as safety for the animal is concerned, mother nature has blessed the dog with a digestive system to handle potential bacteria and pathogen concerns. Namely stronger stomach acids, and a shorter digestive track.
Comparing the dangers of feeding a dry kibble diet and a natural raw meat diet is an interesting comparison. All I can say is that the news media has presented far more detrimental feeding scenarios from eating dry kibble than from eating a raw meat diet.
Now let’s cover the concern for us humans.
Is there risks involved in feeding a raw meat diet to us as dog owners? Of course there is and that is why we give specific instructions for safe handling and feeding practices. In general, I always suggest that you handle the raw meat diets the very same way that you handle raw chicken that is being cooked for your family. Sterilizing dishes, washing hands often, using disinfectants, and observing safe handling procedures is the key to eliminating potential hazards. This is common sense stuff, but needs to be emphasized to eliminate the possibility of harm to humans.
There are situations that may require concern for a us. Using the diet around older adults that may have a depressed immune system or around infant children requires additional preventive measures. Again it is just common sense to be aware of the potential harm that could result in this situation. Take the necessary sanitary precautions to minimize any risk.
In all feeding situations we must weigh the benefits against the potential liabilities. Caution should prevail for whichever feeding method you use. Do your homework and discover the advantages and disadvantages of all products.