Study Discovers New Risks of Raw Meat Diets

November 8, 2019

Is it safe to feed your dog a raw meat diet? Risks of E. coli and Salmonella infection are relatively well-known, but a recent study found that the problem goes even deeper. 

A team of researchers at the University of Zurich discovered strains of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in 62.7% of raw meat dog and cat foods they tested. They found that many of the antimicrobial-resistant bacteria produced enzymes called extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs). A previous 2018 study had tested a group of 64 pets and found that over half carried EBSL-producing germs. 

According to experts, antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to animal and public health. If our pets contain bacteria that make antibiotics lose their effectiveness, this is a concern that spans beyond the individual pet or household. 

Read the full study here

Learn more about the risks of raw meat diets here

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