How Unsafe is Raw Meat for Your Pet?

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There’s one thing about owning a pet that’s universal. We always want the best for them. They’re creatures that love us no matter the day. So they deserve all our love in return. We all know that dogs are descendants of wolves, and wolves are predators. They get food by hunting. They prey on weaker animals and that’s how they survive. Cats are part of the same family as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and tigers – all of them carnivorous predators.Cats and dogs are domesticated. But knowing where they came from, you might think it’s a pretty good idea to switch them onto a raw meat diet. While a raw meat diet does have its ups, there are also various downs that you should be aware of.

What are the risks involved in feeding your pet raw meat?

In a recent study done about the safety of raw meat for pets, researchers found that 86% of all raw dog and cat foods had dangerous bacteria in them. They studied 35 commercial cat and dog foods. When you feed your cat or your dog cooked or dry food, the food has been through processes that clean it and make sure it’s healthy for consumption. Whereas with raw meat, that is almost never the case.The study shows that the infections that are spread by these parasites found in raw meats don’t just affect pets, but also humans. You can easily get the infection when you pick up animal waste. You can sometimes even get infected if an animal carrying the infection licks your hands or face.

Here are a few tips you could use to prevent illnesses from raw foods

If you still choose to go ahead and feed your pet raw meat, then here are a few things you should keep in mind. There is a good chance that you could infect your pet and yourself with L. monocytogenes and salmonella. You might accidentally touch your mouth after you’ve handled the raw food. So the diseases travels that way and festers. If you get some of the salmonella or L. monocytogenes on your clothes or your hands, you’re also at risk of transmitting it to other people.To prevent all this from happening, wash your hands. A simple hand wash is enough to prevent the outbreak of salmonella. After every time you come in contact with your pet’s raw food, make it a point to wash your hands. Wipe down objects you’ve touched with cleaning detergent. Make sure that all the surfaces you came in contact with are disinfected and clean. You can also try and run the kitchen utensils and other things you’ve touched through the dishwasher.

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