Raw Diet For Dogs – When Is It Safe? Rebuttal to ‘Raw Chicken Linked to Paralysis in Dogs’
By Rhonda Jewel, certified small animal naturopath
The AVMA, (The American Veterinary Medical Association) the leaders of the veterinary industry in this country, have been clear on their stance regarding raw meat diets for cats and dogs for many years. What they would like us to believe is that raw feeding is dangerous and unhealthy for our pets – too many risks.
Yet, many of us raw feeders who have been feeding our dogs raw meaty bones, including chicken necks for many years, can attest to the fact that ‘raw’ is by far the best way to feed your dog or cat!
FEEDING A SPECIES-APPROPRIATE RAW MEAT DIET TO OUR CARNIVORE PETS IS INDEED HEALTHY AND THE CUTTING EDGE WAY TO A VITAL, LONG LIVED DOG OR CAT WITH FEW MEDICAL ISSUES.
The risks are no greater than any other method of feeding, with a whole lot more benefits. Most raw-fed dogs are thriving on it, with ‘High Vibe’, strong immune systems, luxurious coats with sparkling, clean teeth and fresh breath.
Since the raw food pet industry is growing by leaps and bounds right now, It appears the anti-raw group of allopathic veterinarians, are getting more pro-active on social media sharing their “scientific” belief in regards to how bad raw feeding can be for our (carnivore) pets. Of course their practices depend on sick animals.
An article was posted Feb 1, 2018 from the University of Melbourne, about how the bacteria campylobacter that may be found in chicken necks can possibly be a trigger for paralysis in APN patients, which is the canine counterpart of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). However, if read carefully, Dr Nerissa Hannink, the author of the article, is actually saying that if your dog already has this disease, which is a rare but very debilitating condition, then eating raw chicken necks might trigger a reaction causing paralysis. ( My guess is this study was not conducted with raw fed dogs, probably with immune compromised, or kibble fed dogs given raw chicken necks.)
Personally, I think this type of article, as in the one from the University of Melbourne, and others like it are promoted to keep the veterinary industry benefactors happy, a few of which are the manufacturers of Science Diet, Royal Canin and other common kibbles. These are the recommended pet foods that are sponsored and sold through most conventional veterinary clinics. Many of these so-called “prescription” diets are a huge cash cow for their practices.
The Veterinary Association is working hard to make sure that the food we feed our dogs does not contain any unsafe bacteria, warning us about raw feeding our pets. While they think this information is credible, it simple overlooks the fact that those same risky pathogens can be found in those identical kibbles they market for pets. Moreover, hygiene starts in the home and if good habits are followed, the pet’s immune system will be strong and bacteria will not have a chance to multiply or thrive.