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May 02 2013

To BARF or Not to BARF (Bones and Raw Food diet for pets)

BARF: Bones and Raw Food Diet for Pets.

The American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians have announced their position that they “do not advocate or endorse feeding pets any raw or dehydrated non-sterilized foods, including treats that are of animal origin.”

Up to 30% of dogs and cats fed a BARF (bones and raw food) diet may shed E.coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium, Strep and Staphylococcus organisms in their stool.  People and pets can be infected by these organisms.

The AVMA recommends feeding “fresh, clean, nutritionally balanced commercial or home-cooked food to cats and dogs.”

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