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More Need-to-Knows About Raw Diets for Pets

More Need-to-Knows About Raw Pet Food Diets

Dr. Dodds and many veterinarians advocate feeding raw pet food to companion dogs and cats. We have discussed the topic of raw pet food diets numerous times before as in our article, Pet Foods: Raw Vs. Cooked Food Diets and Bacteria Concerns. We have noticed that the health and vigor of pets improve immensely when…

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Trichinosis from U.S. Pork Eradicated?

Many veterinarians warn against serving dogs and cats raw or undercooked pork because of Trichinella spiralis, an intestinal roundworm parasite that causes trichinosis (aka trichinellosis). Recently, we have heard that Trichinella spiralis has been virtually eradicated – or effectively diminished – from the United States pork industry. We had specific questions about these claims and…

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Pet Foods: Raw vs. Cooked Food Diets and Bacteria Concerns

The debate over which type of diet is best for dogs and other pets – raw meat-based or cooked meat-based – often stirs strong emotions and polarizes people into taking “sides”, often with no room for acceptance of the other viewpoint. Proponents of raw food diets cite numerous benefits, including: More closely mirrors the evolutionary…

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Raw Diets and Bloodwork Results: Should you be concerned?

For almost two decades, the veterinary community has debated the effects of raw diets on laboratory blood and urine results. Unfortunately, the debate has not been definitively resolved and is now sending confusing mixed messages to companion animal parents. I want to give my conclusive opinion, based upon published results and personal experience. Blood is my thing. I am…

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The Six Processed Forms of Dog and Cat Food

The numerous pet food options available today often present a quagmire to most pet owners – as it can be difficult to process all of it! Essentially, dog and cat foods are processed six different ways to become the end product – kibble, canned, dehydrated, freeze dried, raw, or home cooking – that your pet…

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Commercial Raw Diets and Food Sensitivities

It’s true that the health and vigor of dogs and cats fed raw diets “shine” in all respects. Commercial raw diets generally have less ingredients, less additives compared to kibbles, more organic ingredients, and more responsibly sourced meat proteins. Raw food absorbability is also greater and it is less processed. It has also been postulated…

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Raw versus cooked foods: What is HPP and why does it matter? (Part II)

As I discussed in my previous blog post, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have recently passed resolutions generally against feeding dogs and cats raw protein diets that have not first undergone a process to eliminate pathogens, such as cooking, pasteurization or irradiation. Those who feed their pets…

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