FDA Issues Warning About Raw Diets for Pets

March 2, 2015

On July 18, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned pet owners about the dangers of feeding a raw diet to their dogs and cats because of the dangers of Salmonella contamination. They contend that feeding raw pet foods to our pets is not consistent with their goal of protecting the public from significant health risks.

The FDA pointed out that “even if the dog or cat doesn’t get sick, they can become carriers of Salmonella and transfer the bacteria to their surroundings. People can get the disease from contact with the infected environment.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea; bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and lethargy among others. Should you suspect your pet or yourself might be infected, seek veterinary or medical help at once.

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