Last week the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) passed a resolution discouraging people from feeding raw meat to their pets. Though more of a suggestion than a full-out ban, the AVMA’s resolution comes after many members expressed health concerns over raw food diets for humans and animals—pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli can be easily transmitted through raw meat.
As we know from the recent Diamond Pet Foods recalls, harmful bacteria like Salmonella are transmittable through commercially packaged dry foods, and the concern is not limited to raw meats. But the decision by the AVMA last week suggests that some veterinarians are growing particularly weary of the raw food trend for pets.
The ruling is still out on whether feeding your pets raw meat is a beneficial health booster or a potentially harmful danger. Until more research is done, it may be hard to know for sure who’s getting their facts right. No matter what you decide to feed your dog or cat, make sure you make informed decisions and always consult your veterinarian about any feeding questions or concerns.