Recently we have had several clients approach us about the new fad of raw food pet diets. Although the idea of a raw diet sounds intriguing, we have several reasons why we do not recommend feeding raw proteins to your pets.
The American Veterinary Medical Association strongly discourages the feeding of any animal-source protein that has not been thoroughly cooked to your pets. Without taking the proper steps to eliminate pathogens you are running the risk of exposing your cat or dog to illness. Several studies report that raw or undercooked animal-source protein may be contimated with a variety of organisms, including salmonella.
Cats and dogs may develop food borne illnesses after being fed raw protein that is contimated, and it has also been reported that these illnesses can be transmitted to humans. Your pets can develop what are called subclinical infections with these organisms – and pose a risk to humans, especially children, older persons, and immunocomprimised individuals.
To avoid risks associated with these diets the AVMA recommends the following:
- Restrict dog and cats access to animal carcasses
- Never feed inadequately treated animal-source protein
- Provide fresh, clean, nutritionally balanced and commercially prepared or home-cooked food to cats and dogs, and dispose of uneaten food at least daily
And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
This is a picture of a 12 month old puppy that was brought in for coughing/choking, who had swallowed an 8 inch kitchen knife!! This did not occur at our clinic, but we wanted to share for a couple of reasons – for starters, it is pretty incredible that a puppy can swallow a knife and survive a surgery to remove it!! Secondly, it is sometimes seemingly small symptoms that can actually lead to huge problems!!
Let’s use this as a reminder to listen to the subtle hints our pets are giving us, and keep an eye on those rascally pups!!
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Did you know elephants rarely get cancer? Every now and then we hear something interesting and we wanted to share this article about these amazing animals with you. To read more click our link.
You read it right folks, by the end of next week we will be stocked with a variety of Hill’s Pet Nutrtion over the counter foods. In the past, we have only carried prescription diets from Hills, Royal Canin, and Purina, but to better serve you and your pets we have decided to incorporate non-prescription diets!
Hills offers groundbreaking nutrition that can transform the lives of pets and comfort the pet parents and vets who care for them. Their diets contain precisely balanced nutrition that can change pets’ lives. Because when they’re healthier, they’re happier.
“We firmly believe that the right pet nutrition is vital to pets living long, healthy lives. Our research, directed from the Global Pet Nutrition Center, helps make Hill’s the global leader in nutritional health care for companion animals, allowing us to provide the right formulas for precisely balanced nutrition that meets the wellness and therapeutic needs of pets worldwide.” – from the Hill’s Nutrition Website
If you’re interested in the Hills natural ingredients please click here! Or stop by to view our selection in the lobby – we would be happy to chat about the benefits of using these diets versus other over the counter brands.