AVMA Opposes Raw Food Diets For Pets


Raw food diets are becoming more popular, especially with dogs and cats!: image via http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/Raw food diets are becoming more popular, especially with dogs and cats!: image via http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/The House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) met on Friday, August 3, 2012, and passed a policy against the feeding of raw or undercooked meat to cats and dogs.  Recognizing that raw food diets are becoming more and more popular among pet owners...

... the policy states that the AVMA, nevertheless, discourages raw diets due to the risk of illness in both animals and people, particularly salmonella and listeria bacteria. 

The debate over raw food for cats and dogs has been ongoing between veterinarians and animal dietitians, the latter group claiming that pets who are fed diets that mimic their natural diets in the wild have more energy and fewer health problems. 

Consumer responses to the announcement on the AVMA blog have been largely negative regarding AVMA's passage of no-raw-food policy, accusing the veterinarian's group of 'catering' to the big pet food manufacturers, and claiming the group has not done its research.  Some suggest that this is the AVMA's first step toward calling for a ban on commercially prepared raw pet food.

Raw food believers are a very vocal group.  If the AVMA is going to push for legislation banning raw foods, I'm putting my money on the raw pet food consumers.

AVMA via Examiner.com.


Myra Per-Lee
Animal News

Aug 8, 2012
by Anonymous
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The AVMA policy says it

The AVMA policy says it "discourages the feeding to dogs and cats of any animal source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens". The policy is not intended to serve any regulatory purpose and it is intended to address
public health concerns regarding the handling and feeding of raw meat. This is a real issue and processes such as irradiation, pasteurization, and cooking minimizes this risk. This policy was developed after over a year of studying the scientific literature regarding public health risks. The AVMA is not looking to ban raw foods but would like the public to be aware that there are public health risks.

Aug 8, 2012
by Anonymous
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As a veterinarian, I agree

As a veterinarian, I agree that this is the AVMA toeing the pet food industry line, and ignoring the evidence of similar bacterial contamination risk that has been shown to plague processed pet foods as well. I think it is a shameful abdication of our responsibility to offer our clients a well-reasoned, informed perspective to simply dismiss raw diets in favor of commercial processed foods, often made from condemned ingredients "unfit for human consumption." Personally, I wouldn't feed my pets something I wouldn't eat myself, and I would much sooner eat an undercooked steak than any brand of kibble on the market.

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