Friday, January 30, 2015

Is Raw Food Diet for Pets Safe?

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A lot of pet owners are now giving their furry family members raw-food diet instead of giving them bag dry foods or wet canned pet foods. Raw food diets has become increasingly popular for pet owners but could this could put them at risk of food-borne illnesses.

On CBSNews cat owner Bobby Fintor of New York said that his cats are more lively and energetic when he switched to raw meats.

"My cats are 10 and 11 years old and they act like they're five. They poop less. They shed less. They seem to be full of more energy."

People who say raw meats are good for pets say that it is their natural diet and that it can give pets better digestion, a healthier coat and superior oral and general health since when you cook foods it destroys natural enzymes and nutrients pets needs for their well-being.

However, veterinarians said that this practice may endanger your pets since raw meat, fish, pork poultry, and eggs may contain disease-causing organisms like salmonella, E. coli, listeria, staph, campylobacter and clostridium according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA). These disease can also be passed to their owners. Pets could transmit these bacteria to their owners even if they don't show symptoms.

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