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  • Is raw food bad for my dog and cat?

    There are a lot of opinions on the risks and benefits of feeding your pet a raw food diet. This is not to be confused with feeding a homemade diet unless the homemade diet is a raw diet.

    Proponents of raw food diets like them because they are free of additives and preservatives. Those that are opposed to feeding raw food diets are worried about disease risk, Salmonella being the biggest concern especially since Salmonella poses a significant disease risk to people.

    Food labels can be very confusing and sometimes misleading. An example would be a pet food product carrying a "human grade or human quality" label as there is no such official designation for food.

    The decision as to whether a raw food diet is right for your dog or cat is one that should be made after a discussion with your veterinarian, making sure you have all of the information to make the best decision.


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