What do you think of raw food diets? I'm a final year vet student and one of our senior clinicians absolutely hates them. We have to barrier nurse them in the uni hospital, which I sort of agree with but am trying to get a few different opinions out of interest. Question tax: what was the last book you read for fun? Was it any good?
I have spoken about raw feeding here, but you can find other posts on the same topic using the search function.
Overall I’m fairly neutral on it for adult, healthy dogs and cats, however those that are raw feeding zealots would interpret that as being against it, and somehow in the pocket of the pet food industry. (I wish, I could really do with a few thousand extra dollars right now.)
They are not a miracle cure for everything under the sun, though they can be useful, sometimes, in pets with food allergies or IBD. But they do cause the pets to shed increased numbers of food borne bacteria in their saliva, feces and on their hair. Of particular concern are salmonella and campylobacter.
Note that I specified ‘healthy’. Because of their increased bacterial load, I generally recommend against feeding raw if the family has young children, or if someone in the household is immunosuppressed. If you are in a hospital situation where other patients potentially have suppressed immune systems, and it’s a hospital so at some point you will, barrier nursing those raw fed patients (or feeding cooked for the duration of their hospital stay) is a reasonable precaution.
(My personal pet hate is when I see a raw fed animal dog vomiting and diarrhea 6 times in 12 months and they still refuse to consider feeding it a cooked diet.)
Raw feeding advocates might take offense at their pets basically being treated like a biohazard, but in a hospital you need to consider the bigger picture. Humans on chemo are told to avoid high risk foods for the same reason.
The last book I read for fun was the Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett. Shows you how long it’s been, but I don’t have a lot of spare time these days.