Cat and canine homeowners have been warned in opposition to feeding their animals uncooked meat-based diets because it might show dangerous to each an...
As the identify suggests, the weight loss plan entails feeding pets uncooked meat, bones and animal organs alongside greens. It has turn out to be more and more in style over as many imagine it’s more healthy than giving animals processed pet meals.
However a group of Netherlands-based researchers have argued in opposition to feeding pets this type of weight loss plan. They warn that the meals could be contaminated with micro organism and parasites, which might pose a danger to each animals and their homeowners.
The group of researchers, led by Paul Overgaauw at Utrecht University, got down to decide the presence of 4 zoonotic micro organism and two parasite species in business raw-meat meals, out there in most pet outlets and supermarkets.
They analysed 35 business frozen meals from eight totally different manufacturers, broadly out there in The Netherlands.
E. coli was present in eight merchandise (23%), Listeria species had been current in 15 merchandise (43%) and Salmonella species in seven merchandise (20%). Both E coli and Salmonella infections in people have been linked with critical sicknesses.
Four merchandise (11%) contained the parasite Sarcocystis cruzi and one other 4 contained Sarcocystis tenella. Meanwhile, in two merchandise (6%), Toxoplasma gondii was discovered.
Researchers stated the micro organism and parasitic pathogens discovered within the meals “could also be a attainable supply of bacterial infections in pet animals and, if transmitted, pose a danger for human beings”.
They added: “Cats and canines that eat uncooked meat diets are additionally extra more likely to turn out to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant micro organism than animals on typical diets, which might pose a critical danger to each animal well being and public well being.”
The researchers stated pet homeowners and different family members can encounter micro organism from uncooked meals in a number of methods, akin to by way of direct contact with the meals or with an contaminated pet; by way of contact with contaminated family surfaces; or by consuming cross-contaminated human meals.
They concluded that warnings and dealing with directions ought to be included on product labels and/or packages.
In response to the examine’s findings, British Veterinary Association (BVA) Senior Vice President, vet Gudrun Ravetz, instructed HuffPost UK: “As this newest analysis reveals, a uncooked meat-based weight loss plan is related to doubtlessly critical animal well being and public well being dangers. It’s essential that pet homeowners who select to feed uncooked meat-based diets to their pets are conscious of those issues.”
“A uncooked meals weight loss plan will not be one thing that we’d advocate making at residence, notably with out veterinary steerage, as a result of potential for dietary deficiencies and attainable well being dangers,” Ravetz added.
“We’d advise any proprietor desirous to attempt a unique weight loss plan for his or her pet to first seek the advice of their native vet, to make sure they’re assembly their pet’s dietary wants.”