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Yet another reason not to feed raw chicken

Posted in Dogs, Other diseases
As if another reason was needed, a recent study from Australia (Martinez-Anton et al. 2018 J Vet Internal Med) found a strong association between dogs that consume raw chicken meat and a serious neurological condition known as acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN).  APN is comparable to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in humans.  The main objective of the study… Continue Reading

Salmonella in kids linked to raw pet food

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
When we have discussions about the risks of feeding raw meat to dogs and cats, a frequent refrain is “where are the published reports of people getting sick?” While we know some illnesses occur, they tend not to get investigated to the level that they are published, which is problematic when trying to demonstrate the… Continue Reading

Raw Pet Food and Human Salmonellosis Outbreak

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Salmonella
According to an alert from the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia: The BC Centre for Disease Control is collaborating with BC health authorities, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections in British Columbia likely related to raw pet food. Raw pet food is food served… Continue Reading

Raw food recall…with a twist

Posted in Cats, Dogs
I don’t usually write about recalls of raw pet foods because… well, finding Salmonella, E. coli or Listeria in raw meat is far from surprising (although certainly concerning). However, the recent recall of Stella & Chewy’s products because of Listeria contamination is noteworthy. Why? Because their food is treated with high pressure pasteurization (HPP). This… Continue Reading

Yes, dogs can get salmonellosis

Posted in Dogs
Let me say it again… yes, dogs can get salmonellosis. …and in French, oui, les chiens peuvent devenir malades de salmonellose (hope that’s close) …and in Swahili, ndiyo, mbwa anaweza kuwa na wagonjwa salmonellosis (thank Google Translate for that one). What prompted my recurrent ‘yes dogs can get Salmonella rant’? Another fluff piece on feeding… Continue Reading

Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella outbreak

Posted in Dogs
After starting off like a simple recall of potentially Salmonella-contaminated dry pet food, the Diamond Pet Food problem has now expanded into a multistate outbreak of salmonellosis in humans linked to exposure to the contaminated pet food. At last count, there were 14 affected people from 9 US states, including 5 who required hospitalization. These numbers… Continue Reading

Raw diets…again

Posted in Dogs
CTV has a consumer reports segment and a recent topic involved feeding pets "natural" diets (although no one ever defined what that really means). In the report on the CTV Consumer Alert website (it’s currently about the third story into the video if you just press play, or you can shortcut to it using the… Continue Reading

Pet food (beef) recall: Canada

Posted in Dogs
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have issued warnings about frozen beef pet food made by Surrey Meat Packers of Cloverdale, BC. The Beef Pet Food consisted of frozen 500 g blocks of beef (presumably raw) sold between October 8 and 23, that may contain E. coli… Continue Reading

Tiger park Salmonella outbreak response…weird

Posted in Other animals
A somewhat strange report from MSN News India describes measures that are being considered following an outbreak of salmonellosis that killed 3 tigers at Bannerghatta Biological Park.  The zoo authority is investigating whether tests used by the Indian army to detect Salmonella in milk and milk products could be used to detect Salmonella in meat.… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak claims 3rd tiger

Posted in Other animals
A Salmonella outbreak at the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bangalore, India, has resulted in the death of three tigers. The latest victim, a four-year-old female tiger named Minchu, had been critically ill for the past two weeks and died of kidney failure. (Kidney failure is a potential complication of severe intestinal bacterial infections like salmonellosis.)… Continue Reading

Frozen mice recall: Salmonella

Posted in Reptiles
MiceDirect, a company that sells frozen mice, rats and chicks as reptile feed, has issued a recall because of Salmonella contamination of their product. Contaminated critters have been sold across the US (except Hawaii) through mail order and pet stores, and recalled product codes can be found in the FDA recall notice. Contamination isn’t a… Continue Reading

Salmonella recalls

Posted in Dogs
A couple of more Salmonella recalls have occurred recently. Feline’s Pride Natural Chicken Formula, a raw chicken diet, has been recalled, as has Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken, a kibble diet. Finding Salmonella in commercial raw diets is expected and I’m surprised about the recalls that have happened. If you buy raw meat, you need to… Continue Reading

Raw Q and A

Posted in Dogs
While I hate to initiate another round of emails from raw diet supporters, here are a few of the more common questions that I get about these diets and some answers: I use frozen raw food. Doesn’t freezing kill harmful microorganisms? No. Freezing is an effective way to eliminate most parasites (with an adequately low… Continue Reading

More raw debate

Posted in Dogs
Since my post about Delta Society and raw diets, I’ve had multiple questions or comments about the research behind it. Here’s one question: "Please site the research that "clearly show…" that raw-fed animals shed bacteria at a higher rate." Here’s the answer: Lefebvre et al, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2009 Study following therapy… Continue Reading

Raw diets banned by Delta Society

Posted in Dogs
Delta Society has recently announced a policy prohibiting animals fed raw meat or raw animal products from participating in their Pet Partners program. This policy was established because of research indicating dogs fed raw meat are much more likely to be shedding harmful bacteria like Salmonella and drug resistant E. coli in their feces compared… Continue Reading

Raw diet “research”

Posted in Dogs
PetProductNews.com reports that Nature’s Variety, a raw pet food company, has unveiled results of a recent "research study" on their products. Whenever you see "research," especially on the web, you need to consider whether it’s really valid scientific information or a marketing ploy. This particular case certainly doesn’t seem like anything approaching real research. Apparently… Continue Reading

Raw food recall expanded

Posted in Salmonella
Nature’s Variety has expanded their recall based on more concerns about Salmonella contamination of their products. In a lot of ways, this makes no sense to me since you have to assume that raw meat is contaminated with Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter and various other pathogens. That’s been clearly shown in studies of raw meat… Continue Reading

Risks of Raw – More evidence

Posted in Salmonella
A study by Erin Leonard of the University of Guelph and others, that has just been published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health, once again points to the increased risk of Salmonella shedding associated with feeding raw diets to dogs.  The study looked at 138 dogs from 84 households in Ontario.  One-quarter of households… Continue Reading

Raw food recall: Salmonella

Posted in Dogs
Nature’s Variety has recalled chicken-based raw meat products because of Salmonella contamination. After a customer complaint about "digestive problems," they tested the food and found Salmonella, prompting the recall. (For more details about the recall, click here.)  In some ways, this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. If you think Salmonella contamination should… Continue Reading

Organic meat is not sterile!

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Salmonella
I frequently get e-mails from people who are proponents of feeding raw meat to pets. The e-mails often start by calling me an idiot, and they generally go downhill from there. Some, however, go into detail about why they think there are no health concerns for themselves or their pets associated with feeding raw meat.… Continue Reading

Nontraditional Pets and Children: Beware

Posted in Birds, Other animals, Pocket pets, Reptiles, Salmonella
A report about the health risks in children associated with nontraditional pets was recently published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report also discusses diseases associated with animals in public settings such as petting zoos and pet stores.  Although contact with pets and animals can be beneficial to growth… Continue Reading

Rawhide treat recall: Salmonella

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
Hartz Mountain Corporation has voluntarily recalled one lot of its chicken-basted rawhide chews for dogs because of potential contamination with Salmonella.  Rawhide treats, as the name suggests, are raw treats that  are literally made from the hide of typically cattle or pigs. The finding of Salmonella in rawhide treats is not particularly surprising, since Salmonella… Continue Reading