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Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, oh my! Why I Don’t Recommend Raw Meat for Pets

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Some qualified thoughts on raw diets. We don’t hear enough of this side of the conversation, by far.


I received an email from a concerned pet owner this week who found my contact information on the American College of Veterinary Nutrition website. She had reached out because her 14-year-old dog had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. Her primary veterinarian had told her that the cancer seemed to be involving about 90% of the liver and there was nothing they could do to treat this condition. Being the dedicated “pet parent” that she was she won’t take this as the final answer, so looked into alternative therapies and ended up in my inbox.

I would say this was a fairly common type of “self-referral” that I saw in practice. Concerned caregiver is given bad news from their regular veterinarian and comes to see the Veterinary Nutritionist for a second opinion on treatment options. They often have seen the Veterinary Nutritionist as another type of “holistic” veterinarian and assume I…

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Author: offleash

Small farmer, student of canine life, advocate, dog rehab and behavior specialist.

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