Raw meat for dogs and cats is a potential source of pathogenic bacteria

A study published by the Royal Society for Open Science highlights the negative aspects of raw meat for dogs and cats. This study also shows that providing raw meat for your pets, a trend that is spreading more and more to the same research, can be dangerous because these raw or untreated dishes can contain significant amounts of bacteria. Among other things, the risk, albeit minor, also applies to the owners.

As AFP’s statement shows, various samples of raw meat commercially available to dogs and cats have been tested for this study. We are talking about so-called “biologically acceptable raw food” or BARF (biologically acceptable raw food), a raw food for pets, the sales of which have increased significantly in recent years, including through the distribution of paleodiet to humans.

Researchers found that three-quarters of the samples tested exceeded the recommended limits for bacteria that could cause gastrointestinal infections. In addition, half of the samples contained known drug-resistant bacteria.

According to Nuesch-Inderbinen, a researcher at the University of Zurich who conducted the study, some of the samples also included samples of Escherichia coli, a bacterium that can cause infection in both animals and humans. There are also bacteria that can be a source of salmonella or yersiniosis in dogs.

These pathogens can also be dangerous for humans, as the latter must still be manipulated in order to feed their dogs or cats. In addition, the risk to humans can also be caused by any contact with animal feces and generally with household surfaces contaminated with the same feces.

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