The American Veterinary Medical Association approved a raw feeding policy at their national annual convention. The AVMA now advises dog and cat owners to avoid feeding raw or undercooked meats.
Unless the meat has been sanitized to remove any pathogens.
One way of sanitizing that has been mentioned is irradiating the meat. Call me crazy but I don't want to even handle food that has been exposed to radioactive materials let alone feed it to my dog!
The "official" reason is concern for animal and human health. They don't want to see food borne illnesses from raw meat.
Unfortunately, they completely ignore the fact that people in multiple states were recently given salmonella poisoning from handling the KIBBLE they fed to their dogs!
This whole raw policy came about after the Delta Society, a therapy dog organization, asked the AVMA what their stance on raw was.
One of the people on the board of directors at the Delta Society also just happens to be the marketing director for Purina pet foods.
The Delta Society instituted a ban on raw feeding, even popular raw treats such as freeze-dried liver treats, and lost many therapy dog teams as owners refused to stop feeding raw.
After the ban, all Delta Society gear started sporting the Purina logo.
Purina Pet Foods is the Premiere Sponsor of the Delta Society.
I'm sure AVMA Platinum Partner Hills (a.k.a. Science Diet) is extremely happy about this new raw policy.
What is a Platinum Partner? It is a company that gives $1,5 million to the AVMA over the course of 4 years in exchange for "benefits."
I find it sad that me, a person with no vet training, has more knowledge on how to feed my dog than the average vet.
How is this possible? I have been researching canine nutrition for 4 years.
The average vet student takes 1 or 2 semesters on nutrition with one of those semesters being a general nutrition course covering both companion animals and livestock. And in some vet schools, the course material for how to feed dogs ans cats comes straight from kibble manufacturers.
I've only had 1 vet in over 5 years, Chance's and our favorite vet Dr. Smith, who has made a good recommendation for dog food!
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