There’s plenty of beef being made about the bacterial contamination found in the meat often used in raw diets– and considering meat from grocery stores is undoubtedly pretty nasty, it’s not like there’s no thread of truth behind the complaints.
The reason for meat’s questionable safety is that meat purity is under jurisdiction of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, which unfortunately leaves “meat cleanliness” up to the same individuals who work in slaughterhouses!
That being said though, there are a plethora of valid studies finding that raw meat diets are more easily-digestible for your pets than processed foods. A veterinary nutritionist who is board-certified even said that she had evaluated raw diets and found that animals lived better on raw diets than those of the processed variety.
Let’s check out some of the gross stuff found in raw meat that veterinarians can’t stop warning us about for the sake of our beloved pet animals.
A researcher did tests on over 40 kinds of dry dog food. Each food sample showed levels of B. cereus, and the study’s author stated that most cases of “garbage gut” are caused from B. cereus– not Staph infection.
Often considered a milder extension of Yersinia pestis (or bubonic plague), Yersinia enterocolitica is a normal commensal in dogs and can be seen all over the environment. Fortunately, raw meat is probably not a big source of the frightening infection.
Listeria monocytogenes is a common source of food poisoning in humans, as nearly all human listeria comes from contaminated food consumption from grub like meat, cheese, or milk. That being said, contamination happens during the manufacturing process of foods like hot dogs, cold cuts, and other such processed food items. Research found that listeriosis was found in one pet dog, but the source wasn’t known. But there isn’t existing evidence stating that a human or pet has ever gotten listeria from raw meat.
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