Vet Council Says Beware of Undercooked or Raw Pet Food

Raw meat pet diets can transmit internal parasites and bacteria.

Posted: May 03, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Recent pet food recalls have prompted pet owners to consider the safety of foods that they feed their pets. In response to this, the nonprofit Companion Animal Parasite Council is warning pet owners of the dangers associated with raw meat pet diets.

“We recognize some pet owners may choose to feed homemade diets in lieu of those that are commercially prepared, especially with the pet food recalls of the last month,” said Jay Stewart, DVM, of the Aumsville Animal Clinic in Aumsville, Ore.

But, Stewart said, pet owners need to be aware of the potential transmission of certain internal parasites and bacteria through digestion of raw meat sources. Some parasites and bacteria found in raw meats can be transmitted to humans and make animals sick.

Cooking foods appropriately will help kill parasites and bacteria, and it can improve the digestibility of the proteins in the diet.

“All dogs and cats should be fed a well-balanced diet regardless of whether it is commercially or home-prepared,” Stewart said.

Also, a veterinarian is the best resource for determining your pet’s dietary needs and can provide recipes for nutritionally balanced home-prepared foods, Stewart said.

For a list of recalled cat foods, click here.

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heidi    duluth, MN

5/3/2007 11:53:56 AM

I know it can be harmful, but I see how people would want to make thier cats food. since the recall

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

5/3/2007 11:23:20 AM

I see nothing wrong with this, except that it has ato be a really involved process to design a food that will meet all the necessary nutritional requirements that your cat needs.

Sandy    Covington, GA

5/3/2007 9:16:57 AM

There are lots of us who do feed raw diets, either made from great recipes, bought already prepapred by reputalbe companies, etc. I am disgusted that you do not have a counter article to this!!!! And Vets are not the greatest resource on what to feed your cat either!!!!! They have an agenda to push food loaded with fillers and grains that our little carnivores don't need. What an injustice!

Marielle    Mississauga, AE

5/3/2007 5:48:28 AM

I'm so glad I only feed my three kitties Purina dry and wet foods. This is so worrisome...

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