But Don’t Raw-Fed Animals Pose Health Risks To Humans?
Part 3 – Have you Considered Feeding Your Dog A Raw Diet?
By Dr. Jeannie Thomason
This is all part of the lie being told by veterinarians and the multi-billion dollar pet food industry! This lie or myth is based society’s pathological fear of bacteria.
Are you aware that there are about the same number of bacteria in our bodies as there are human cells? (1)
It’s true! Of the millions of bacteria in existence, it is estimated that less than 1% are harmful.(2) Media and society as a whole have played up bacteria, painting it as an evil nemesis that must be stomped out with disinfectants, antibacterial everything, and unnecessary vaccinations. In the late nineteenth century, Louis Pasteur’s “germ theory” became the medical paradigm, the controlling medical idea, for the Western world. In its simplest form, the germ theory proposes that the body is sterile and that germs from the air cause disease. This “theory”, wrong as it is, has resulted in the emergence of super-bacteria and “super-viruses”,no thanks to the improper use of antibiotics and the plethora of antibacterial soaps and other “disinfectant” products.
In contrast to Pastueur’s theory, Antoine Bechamp discovered tiny organisms he called “microzymas” which are present in all things – animal, vegetable, and mineral, whether living or dead. Depending upon the condition of the host, these microzymas could assume various forms. Bad bacteria and viruses were simply the forms assumed by the microzymas when there was a condition of disease. In a diseased body, the microzymas became pathological bacteria and viruses. In a healthy body, microzymas formed healthy cells. When a plant or animal died, the microzymas lived on. To this day, the whole theory of microzymas has never been disproved.(3)
Over the years, developmental biologists have learned that bacterial exposure is actually an absolute necessity for the development of a healthy immune system, among other things. Humans and dogs have always lived in the presence of bacteria.
So, insisting on a sterile environment has created more damage than good. So where does this all of this come into play with raw feeding?
Raw diet critics are always touting the germ theory as a big reason not to feed raw. Yes, of course, there is bacteria in raw meat and yes, this bacteria could harm you under the right circumstances.
So if a raw-fed dog licks you in the face or on the mouth, are you going to get sick? Most likely, you will not get sick. Bacteria does not long persist in the mouth of a raw-fed dog. You see, canine saliva contains “lysozyme”, an enzyme that lyses and destroys bacteria.
A fact about raw fed dogs, rarely talked about, is the absence of plaque on their teeth. This means the raw fed dog’s mouth is no longer a hospitable place for bacteria to inhabit. However, a kibble-fed dog’s mouth, provides the perfect environment for bacteria growth: plaque-covered teeth with sugary and starchy complexes from processed pet food provide both food and shelter for bacteria! “The bacteria thrive in the mouth of a kibble-fed dog because it provides both a perfect atmosphere and a good food source” (Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones.). Have you ever wondered why kibble-fed dogs so often have stinky dog breath? Because of the bacteria in their gums and on their teeth (just like the bacteria in our mouths gives us halitosis). A raw-fed dog’s mouth provides neither food nor a viable atmosphere for bacteria, which is why a raw-fed dog has odorless breath. So which dog would you be more worried about being kissed by and contracting disease from? If you are still going to worry about being licked by a raw-fed dog, there are solutions. Teach the dog not to lick, or avoid being licked. However, if you have a healthy immune system, being licked and in contact with a raw-fed dog will not affect you other than boosting your immune system. This is the same thing for kids: being around and being licked by a raw-fed dog will do nothing but boost their immune systems and help them grow up into happy, healthy adults.
Anti-raw feeding proponents proclaiming that feeding our carnivores a raw meat, bone and organ diet poses serious health risks appear to think that people are incapable of a)
- properly feeding their dogs
- cleaning up after themselves
- using good hygiene practices
Most people who handle raw meat in their household, know to clean countertops and utensils and to wash their hands. Just good hygiene.
Some raw feeders feed the dog outside or if fed inside, put the meat or carcass on a towel or plastic-type tablecloth that can be washed and d reused. Or feed they feed the dog in its crate, or on some easy-to-clean surface to minimize the spread of any bacteria. Honestly, as long as proper hygiene is observed, the bacteria in raw meat is an non-issue.
However, if you are still concerned about bacteria on your dog, spreading to you, you can clean your dog’s paws, mouth, etc. with a diluted white vinegar.
For articles on the risk of salmonella infection and raw-fed pets, here are a couple for you: