Pet owners have been debating whether they should be feeding their dogs raw or dry food for quite some time now, but the American Veterinary Medical Association has finally decided to chime in. According to Dogster, the AVMA recently announced a policy that recommends against feeding dogs and cats raw or unprocessed meat, eggs and milk.
While there are many raw food opposers, there are just as many advocates who have voiced their grievances against the AVMA for deciding contrary to the dog “rawvolution.” Almost 4,000 people signed a Chance.org petition when AVMA released its policy. They accused them of being “puppets of the pet-food industry.” Conversely, pet owners who feed their dogs dry food can get defensive, as well. “To me, the raw feeders of this site are akin to the Bible Punchers who knock at your door trying to convert their faith to you; they have no respect for other people’s preference and only their own view counts and is correct,” wrote an owner in a dog food forum.
The AVMA cites pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter, Toxoplasma gondii (the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis), Cryptosporidium, Echinococcus, Clostridium, Neospora, and Sarcocystis. Veterinarians say that these pathogens can sometimes be transmitted to their human counterparts. However, no confirmed cases of human salmonellosis have been associated with these raw diets.
Commercial dog food has had its fair share of controversy. In the last year alone, there have been over 270 pet food recalls. Raw proponents have expressed their concern about all fillers and grains and preservatives in commercial food.