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'Raw food, raw nerve? Assessing the pros and cons of raw diets for dogs and cats'

Published: 6/24/2019
Professor Nick Jeffery, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice, our Official Scientific Journal, highlights a paper that provides foundational information on this contentious topic.

Dog and cat owners are increasingly looking at alternatives to processed pet food. Whether this is because they are more questioning of expert opinion or because they believe that lumps of raw meat are the most appropriate food for their domestic wolves or wildcats, it is important that veterinarians are able to provide accurate and up-to-date evidence-based guidance on feeding. In this month’s JSAP, Dr Davies and his colleagues deliver the necessary foundational information by dissecting the pros and cons of raw diets for small animals, specifically highlighting microbiological hazards for both pets and humans. Although die-hard advocates of raw diets may not be fully dissuaded, the ball is now unequivocally back in their court and asking them to provide countervailing evidence to support their point of view.