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Feeding Raw Meat Diets

It has been determined that Salmonella poisoning is being misdiagnosed. A pet on raw meat diets having an intermittent occurrence of vomiting and diarrhea can be a case of Salmonella poisoning. Often, when a case of vomiting and diarrhea is presented to the veterinary practitioner, he or she will successfully treat the symptoms and neglect to submit the fecal matter for laboratory testing for a possible cause for the symptoms.(1)

Since the Salmonella organisms can be shed poses a risk to those humans who are “immunocompromised”(poor immune system)and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not recommend these diets because of human health risk. (2)

(1)Rebecca L. Remillard, PhD, Diplomate ACVN, MSPCA Angels Animal Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Clinician’s Brief.
(2)Karen A. Moriella, DVM, Diplomate ACVD,ZOONOSES PUBLIC HEALTH