Is Raw Meat Safe For Your
ongoing debate has been waging among dog owners, dog breeders, dog trainers and veterinarians for some time with
regard to the safety of feeding raw meat and raw food to dogs.
Advocates of the Bones and Raw Food ( BARF) regimen argue that
feeding dogs raw meat is essential in order to deliver the
nutrients in a state most closely resembling those that dogs ingested in the wild 10,000 years
aficionados argue that by cooking, even partially, the food that we feed our dogs, we are removing critical
nutrients and therefore not delivering a healthy and balanced diet to our best friend. Raw meat they argue is
result according to BARF advocates is that a dog which is not on a
properly balanced raw meat dog diet will be less resistant to disease and will likely live a shorter
This is the essence of
BARF as I understand it. I am sure that there is more to it but our discussion here is with regards to the
safety as opposed to the nutrient value of the raw meat dog food.
would acknowledge that raw meat, raw vegetables and raw fruits will contain higher nutrient levels than those
that are cooked. Nutritionists have been telling us this for years.
what if we eat raw meat? And what if Fido does?
The FDA has issued Safety Guidance with regard to the use of raw meat for pet
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FDA guidance is published in the Federal Register
and gives safety and nutrition information. The reason for the
FDA action was due to the upswing in raw dog food diets and the
fact that dog owners may not be aware of the nutritional and safety issues.
is the finding of the FDA that raw dog food diets are not new and in fact have been used by dog racing
facilities for many years.
the trend toward raw dog food for companion dogs presents new challenges as these dog owners may be unaware of
the possible danger of using raw meat dog
of the problems is that raw meat diets are classified as “foods” and as such does not need pre-marketing
approval or certification.
FDA goes on to state that data “… from commercial raw meat pet
foods are sparse, the potential for risk to public health from such products is significant given the
microbiological results from studies of ingredients that could compose such
There is the danger of contamination from bacteria as well as potential harm that can be caused to the dogs
teeth and gastrointestinal system if bone is ingested with the raw meat.
Further risks exist with regard to the possibility of raw meat
dog food contamination and associated disease. These risks exist as
a result of transportation, distributors and retailers. The FDA
recommends minimizing these risks by the use of irradiation and proper transport and
the FDA has chimed in and the question remains. Is a raw meat diet
safe food for your dog? Maybe and maybe not. It depends on a variety of factors such as the as the source and
health of the slaughtered food animal, the conditions of transport,
and storage both pre and post sale.
Absent Federal legislation which has to date failed to materialize and protect dogs from the potentially
unsafe and toxic additives and ingredients in commercial dog food, I would be hesitant to risk
It is imperative that every dog owner know exactly what his or her dog is eating,
what the ingredients are and whether it is safe.
Ultimately the choice is yours. If you are feeding your dog
commercial dog food you must become familiar with what is in
the commercial dog food you buy.
can’t wait for a law to protect you. You must become educated in this area. Your dog’s life may depend on it
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commercial dog foods are full of junk and may even be toxic. I stopped using the dog food I was feeding and
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