Since the last time we talked, I've been eating, sleeping, fetching and walking. Now that we're all caught up, let's dish about raw meat.
For my last column, 10 Foods that are dangerous for dogs, and 5 that aren't, I learned that my buddies at the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) do not recommend feeding pets raw meat. I also learned that many of you do feed your pets raw meat and see this as a healthy pet diet go-to. So, I'm back with some info from my new friend, Dr. Cathy.
Cathy Alinovi, DVM, is the owner and veterinarian of Healthy PAWsibilities — formerly Hoofstock Veterinary Services — in rural Pine Village, Indiana. She treats 80 percent of what walks in the door with adequate nutrition, not expensive prescriptions. She's here to clear the air, and the palate, about feeding your pets raw meat.
Dr. Cathy says that from the literature to the vet classrooms, you'll be hard-pressed to find support for feeding your pet a raw diet. But there's a reason for that — and it's not what you may think. She explains, "Raw feeding is very controversial. As veterinarians, we learn in school that raw is bad, instructors cite published studies of the dangers of salmonella on raw food. The thing about published articles, it's not as interesting to publish a study demonstrating the safety of raw diets, so that will be next to impossible to find in the literature. Because of this, most veterinarians will not support raw food. Only the vets who've had some kind of an eye-opening experience will appreciate raw food. Honestly, I believe this is the case for the general dog-owning public. I am in the group of vets who had a life-altering experience, for my dogs, and I fully support raw feeding."
I asked Dr. Cathy what she tells new patients and pups who are interested in raw feeding. Below is Raw Feeding 101 with Dr. Cathy.
I'm so curious about people's — and dogs' — experiences. Share with us your opinions. Have you tried a raw diet? Would you? Why or why not? Share in the comments below.
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