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Raw meat is dangerous for pets and their owners, study finds.

The increasingly popular practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat may be dangerous for both the pets and their owners, according to a new study. Some people feed raw meat, bones and organs to their pets instead of the more traditional dry or canned products, which are processed and often contain added salt, sugar...
Time: 16:36     Date: 12.01.2018
US Living News: Raw meat is dangerous for pets and their owners, study finds. NY Post 24 - US News

Some people feed raw meat, bones and organs to their pets instead of the more traditional dry or canned products, which are processed and often contain added salt, sugar and artificial colorings.

But Dutch scientists say a raw meat-based diet brings an increased risk of infection from bugs, such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria, and parasites, such as toxoplasma, the Times of London reports.

“While pets are directly exposed to food-borne pathogens when they ingest food, there are several ways in which pet owners and other household members can also encounter such pathogens,” said Paul Overgaauw of the Division of Veterinary Public Health at Utrecht University:

“This can be through direct contact with the food; through contact with a contaminated pet, such as sharing the same bed and allowing licking of the face and hands; through contact with household surfaces; or by ingesting cross-contaminated human food,” he added.

The Utrecht University study, published in the journal Vet Record, analyzed 35 commercially available frozen raw meat-based diets from eight brands for zoonotic bacteria and parasites.

E. coli O157 was isolated from eight products, listeria species were present in 15 products and salmonella species in seven products, according to the report.

Four products contained the parasite Sarcocystis cruzi and another four contained Sarcocystis tenella, both of which can cause nausea, stomach ache and diarrhea.

In two products, they found Toxoplasma gondii, which can lead to a common infection called toxoplasmosis.

Overgaauw said dry, semi-moist and canned pet food is rarely contaminated with pathogens.

“Cats and dogs that eat raw meat diets are also more likely to become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals on conventional diets, which could pose a serious risk to both animal health and public health,” he said.

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