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hey guys. just got another email from the same vet who set me the email on the risks of fixing your dog. this one is in regards to a raw diet. just thought you may find it interesting.

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Website: Pet Health And Pet Care With Dr. Andrew Jones: The Online Vet

Hello Todd,

Re: Is Feeding Raw worth the RISKS?

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A cheery Hello to you and your furry friends
this morning.

The whole Raw Food debate.

As I was waiting for an emergency to come in last
night, I spent some time reading one of my Veterinary publications.

Which talked about the RISKS of feeding RAW.


Here are the claims:

Little scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of these diets.

Scientific evidence of potential animal and public health risks in
feeding raw meats outweigh any perceived benefits.

Risks from bacterial pathogens ( ie Salmonella, E.Coli) present in
raw meats for both pets fed these diets, and for pet owners.

Pets fed raw meats can shed potential bacterial pathogens in their
stool thereby acting as a source of potentially significant zoonotic
infections.

Pets fed Raw are at risk of intestinal obstruction if the diet
includes bones.

And here is the WARNING to people like me:

If veterinarians do recommend raw meat diets for pets under their
care they should be aware of potential liability concerns should a
pet or pet owner become ill due to feeding raw.

The Basic Summary-

DON't advise pet owners feed raw- it has BIG health risks, and you
could get sued.

Instead advise that pet owners feed our OH so safe,
ALL in one, nutritious ( proven scientifically) Kibble.

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WOW
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So what do I think?

That there are limited risks to feeding Raw, but an educated Pet
Owner can minimize them.

First to yourself- Wash EVERYTHING well- and use some common sense.
If you are cutting up raw meat, wash your hands before putting them
in your mouth.

Wash your counters and utensils.

Grind up bones IF you are to feed them. This will provide the Calcium
benefit, without risking obstruction.

Freeze the meat first, and have it defost overnight in your fridge.
Another option which even I use, is pre-packaged frozen raw.

In my unscientific observation of pets being fed Raw food, they are
Healthier than MOST of the pets on the commercial dry kibble.

Cleaner teeth.

Shinier coats.

More energy.

Less frequent trips to the Veterinarian.

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So WHAT do I advise?
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That you decide for yourself if the 'risks' outweigh the benefits.

I am firmly of the belief that our pets BENEFIT from being fed a
variety of foods- including some Raw.

I feed Raw once or twice a week to my dog.

IF you are wanting to KNOW more about feeding Raw,
or just about HOW you can be feeding your pet healthier At Home
diets- including diets for certain health conditions such as
Allergies, you should check out my Pet Food Secrets here:

Pet Health And Pet Care With Dr. Andrew Jones: The Online Vet

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P.S. After reading the article even I was a little more concerned
about Raw- and when this company talked about their fancy pants
NEW antioxidant filled Dry Kibble even I could see How it would be
'safer' to advise feeding it.

I likely won't be getting sued for advising that you keep feeding
the same old same old.

But then that is their strategy.

Scare you from advising to feed an alternative,
and then have you feed their product.

Ultimately it's up to you as a Pet owner to decide what is BEST
for your pet- regardless of what I or a Pet Food Company says.

To educate yourself on the Pros and Cons of feeding Raw, check
this out.

Pet Health And Pet Care With Dr. Andrew Jones: The Online Vet

P.P.S. I am continuing to feed Raw to my dog Lewis- and he
LOVES it :)
 

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Hmm that is interesting. At least he's on board for SOME raw, though he seems like a germaphobe :smile:
 

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yea, he sends out emails all the time. he is also on youtube. he believes in raw, but i think his big thing is variety with raw, kibble, and home cooked.
 

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I don't know, I watched him a bit and think he's ultra cheesy.
I wouldn't take my pet to him, but that is just my opinion.
 

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That's like how "my thing" is a variety of salads, baked goods, and french fries! I'm sure I'd be a lot healthier if I ate a diet based on a variety of only healthy foods, like my dogs get. I dunno, I still think it's healthier for them to get a variety of raw, whole foods, than making kibble or cooked food any significant portion of their diet.
 

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The way I understand the response is safety comes first.

The baby boomer generation ate more well done foods because of health issues with foods and E-coli outbreaks.

If I buy stew meat which is already cut-up. I will pour the meat into a container and fill it up with 90% water & some distilled white vinegar. The vinegar helps kill bacteria and helps remove any artificial dies, etc. Finally, I rinse the meat and then use the chunks of meat as rewards/dinna' during training.

I will give my beast probiotics as needed. The dogs stomach acid can handle quite the load of bacteria on it's own, however I can assist if the need arises.
 

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Well it's good to see that he doesn't otally bash raw like most vets. He seems to be the one foot in one foot out type, and his videos have a cheesy factor plus ten.
I wouldn't be rushing to his clinic or using him as a mentor any time soon, that's for sure.
 

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I think I could even venture to say that he is cheesetastic LOL :wink: :biggrin:

I think he is headed in the right direction, but needs to have a sit down with a PR specialist!
 

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I think I could even venture to say that he is cheesetastic LOL :wink: :biggrin:

I think he is headed in the right direction, but needs to have a sit down with a PR specialist!
yea, even though his videos are fun to watch, he is really cheesy:biggrin:
 
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