What? You have heard all the hype about the risk of raw fed animals spreading Salmonella to their humans? How interesting – The fact is that Kibble Fed Pets are at much more risk of spreading Salmonella to Humans than raw fed pets…
As a veterinary naturopath and small animal nutritionist, one of my passions, is research and sharing education to help expose and eliminate the unholy alliance between pet food companies and veterinarians.
Everyone needs to be aware that it is the multi-billion dollar Pet food companies that fund and control veterinary education, research, tests, trials and practice. The veterinary industry and pet food industry are in bed together! They are continually putting out lies to keep our carnivorous pets on a harmful, cooked/processed starchy diets that they have NEVER evolved to digest.
Feeding our carnivore companions a diet void of nutrition AND next to impossible for them to properly digest (they have carnivore digestive tracts – NOT omnivore systems), is keeping our beloved companions at the very least, just a little bit sick – it could be: Itchy skin, ear infections, allergies, obesity, digestive issues, etc. Yes, dogs are truly just as much an obligate carnivore as a cat is! If you not yet aware of this fact, all really need to do is look at their teeth and their jaw structure but if that does not convince you, there is so much more proof – their digestive system! Read more –> HERE
While dogs may be able to survive until they are 8 -10 years old eating a non- species appropriate, dead, void of true species specific nutrition diet, the facts are that these dogs are spending more and more time at veterinary clinics – never really completely healthy. Of course, the veterinary industry is always coming up with new drugs to SUPPRESS and HIDE symptoms – for a little while. However, this kind of life is not a thriving one.
The Pet food and veterinary industry keeps raking in the money while our precious canine companions continue to never really heal and live the 20 years they used to – happy and healthy.
The Delta Society, (now that they have Purina Pet Food Executive Brenda Bax who, by the way, has applied for a patent that seems to control any corporation working with Animal Welfare Organizations) sitting on the Delta Society Board of Directors. Brenda has banned raw fed pets from participating in visitations while being a member of the Delta Society?
For those of you who do not know what the Delta Society is, the Delta Society is a national organization that sends animal/volunteer teams to healthcare, school, and other settings to conduct animal-assisted activities and therapy programs. Their mission is “To improve human health through service and therapy animals.
The interesting point here is that the constant pet food recalls this summer (2010) have been of processed/kibble and canned foods because they feared contamination with Salmonella. Only a small handful of RAW diets were even tested and please note, the reason for the recalls was out of fear – they did not actually find any real contamination but it set the stage for fear mongering about feeding a raw diet!
Meanwhile, the Delta Society says they are concerned now about raw fed pets spreading salmonella to the patients and people they visit. Really?? Funny thing – there appears to be much more risk of salmonella contamination in cooked food or kibble diets than raw meat and bones for our pets. Is anyone else out there smelling something fishy? Are you putting two and two together yet?
Food Recalls for the Summer of 2010:
This summer has seen its share of pet food and even supplement recalls:
In early June, Procter and Gamble voluntarily recalled of Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans as a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Date on Bottom of Can: 09/2011 to 06/2012.
In mid-June, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announced a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers are urged to return bags to the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers.
Later in June, United Pet Group voluntarily recalled all unexpired lots of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction.
On July 1st, Feline’s Pride announced a voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. In late July, the company announced that they were adding their Cornish Hen formula manufactured in the June to the recall.
On July 3rd, Merrick recalled one lot of 10-ounce bags of Beef Fillet Squares for Dogs because the dog treats could be contaminated with salmonella.
On July 25th, Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled two specific lots of its prescription renal dry cat food as a precautionary measure, as it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The products in the recall are Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs with the lot code 01384174B4 with UPC code 0 19014 21405 1 and lot code 01384174B2 with UPC code 0 19014 21405 1.
On July 30th, Procter & Gamble voluntarily expanded its recall to include still more veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The products in this expanded recall are all dry sizes and varieties of Dry Dog and Cat or select Eukanuba products. “P&G Pet Care wanted to make sure veterinarians were aware of the situation as soon as possible to help them address any of their client concerns.”
These products are made in a single, specialized facility.
As a precautionary measure, P&G suspended operations at this facility and recalled all dry pet food products manufactured at this plant, which included:
Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas All dry sizes and varieties 01Jul10 01Dec11All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Naturally Wild All dry sizes and varieties 01Jul10 01Dec11All UPC Codes
Eukanuba PureAll dry sizes and varieties 01Jul10 01Dec11All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin All dry sizes 01Jul10 01Dec11All UPC Codes.
VERY INTERESTING Don’t You Think?
That the Delta Society would take this time, amidst all the processed pet food recalls to change their policy about accepting dogs (or cats) into their society that are raw fed when all the focus has been on kibble being so potentially harmful at spreading salmonella.
Please read more facts about Salmonella:
If you are still feeding kibble and/or canned food but have thought about switching your dog to a raw diet – Dr. Jeannie and The Whole Dog are here to help educate and inform you.
Whatever you do, please do your research and know that what you feed your dog is critically important for determining your dog’s well-being. Whether he/she will have a long and healthy life or short and chronically ill with one symptom or another for the rest of their life.
If you want factual information and guided support on canine nutrition, you may want to have a consultation or take Dr. Jeannie’s educational email correspondence program – “Canine Nutrition” for education and peace of mind when switching to a raw diet
While it is not rocket science, it is more than just giving your dog a lump of raw hamburger instead of a bowl of kibble.