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Is a raw diet for dogs safe? Two veterinarians provide perspective

Why I can say that a raw diet is not dangerous for dogs

I just came across the response from a Victoria vet, Dr. Chris Collis, regarding the December 10 Times Colonist article “This Raw Deal Is a Good One” and I feel compelled to respond.

I am also a veterinarian, with 24 years of clinical experience. In the early days of my practice, I also believed what I was taught by companies that produced processed pet food, that their food was the best.

However, as the years went by, I noticed an alarming trend where feeding processed foods and even special diets were not enough to keep my patients healthy. I continued to see an increasing number of patients suffering from allergies, obesity, diabetes, pancreatitis and a variety of organ disorders and cancer. The paradox was that even though I knew that eating processed food was not good for people, I somehow blindly believed what I was told: kibble was best.

In the mid-1990s, I noticed some of my clients switching their pets to raw or cooked natural foods. At first I was concerned, but as I started to see dramatic recovery and overall improvement in most, I began to question commercial diet companies and their intentions.

After 15 years, I have no doubt that pets who eat healthy foods live longer, look younger, exercise better, and require fewer visits to the vet. In fact, my own cat Mina has been on raw food since she was eight years old and is now 21. My dog ​​Skai, who turned 10 in August 2011, has never had processed food and is doing very well. I have attached a short video of him and his sister, who is also fed raw. The film was shot a few months after his 10th birthday.

It is not my intention to have a lengthy debate about who is right or wrong, because diversity of opinions is a good thing.

However, I disagree that commercial diets are the safest, because we are all aware of the hundreds of cats and dogs that have been irreparably damaged or died from the effects of tainted commercial pet food.

It is true that the quality of any pet food is important and can vary depending on the knowledge, skills and integrity of the manufacturer. However, unlike processed kibble manufacturers who, as my colleague pointed out, use second-rate ingredients, raw food companies often use premium, non-medical, human-grade meat and organic vegetables in their products.

I completely agree that it is important to feed our dogs and cats a balanced diet, and ideally we veterinarians should assist animal care providers with this. Strangely enough, we seem to have given up our common sense about what healthy food is and blindly follow the pet food companies, while some of our customers know better.

According to statistics in recent years, the number of vet visits and sales of processed pet food have decreased, despite the increasing number of dogs and cats. It’s possible that the pets of people who have embraced feeding healthy, fresh diets are healthier. And that some people may be afraid to go to their vet and tell them they are eating raw.

When it comes to bacteria, I have not seen a single client report salmonelosis from feeding raw meat. I have also come to accept that dogs and cats are naturally resistant to enteric pathogens and that they are not people. Cats often eat mice that often carry salmonella and other bacteria without any ill effects. And let’s be honest: dogs sniff and eat worse things than a piece of raw meat.

With respect and gratitude,

Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM, North Vancouver, BC

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Re: “This raw deal is a good one,” December 10 by Dr. Chris Collis, DVM

I have been a veterinarian for 22 years. The article about the pet food company concerns me greatly. I’m a big supporter of small businesses, but the raw pet food trade carries significant risks.
The article ignored the dangers associated with feeding raw meat to our pets. Nutritionally balanced, consistent quality and biologically safe food requires an understanding of biology, nutrition, biochemistry, disease and quality control. No routine standard testing of pet food by government agencies exists.
All pet food is made from the discarded waste of the human food industry, including waste contaminated with salmonella, e.coli and campylobacter. Commercial diet “cooking” destroys the infectious diseases and additional testing ensures that no foreign material, mold and chemical toxins are present.
A sick pet fed raw food and entering our hospitals would be treated as a potentially contagious, communicable disease risk and a quarantine protocol would likely be instituted to protect our staff.
Using commercial diets is the safest, most complete and balanced way to feed 99 percent of our pets. I eagerly await the end of this craze and can only hope that the catalyst for its inevitable demise is not the death of a toddler owned by a raw food owner who thought he was doing the right thing.
Who would want to have these kinds of risks on their conscience?
Chris Collis B.Sc.(Agr.), DVM
Victoria

© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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