Why Vets Don't Like Raw Diets For Pets?

Why Vets Don't Like Raw Diets For Pets?


Has your veterinarian criticized you for feeding or wanting to feed your pet a raw diet?Why Vets Don't Like Raw Diets For Pets?


In recent years, some pet owners and veterinarians have started to butt heads When it comes to nutrition, on one end you have a frustrated owner who feels like they aren't being taken seriously, and on the other end you have a defeated veterinarian because their client is believing information they read online over their professional advice.


Pet food companies


As someone who is passionate about the raw diet but also works with conventional vets who are skeptical of the raw diet for cats and the raw diet for dogs, i feel that I need to shed light on both sides, lack of evidence, many owners criticize veterinary tailored pet food companies like hill's science diet and purina, because they believe that they brainwash vets into thinking that their product is the healthiest choice for their pets.


  • The problem is that these companies have internally funded studies and food trials to back up their claims.
  • They don't have an incentive to perform research on raw diets since it competes with their own products raw food manufacturers by comparison are still relatively small businesses and just don't have the resources to fund research on raw diets veterinarians will not be convinced until there is solid evidence from the experts as quoted by veterinarian dr lisa freeman, there is currently no Because there have been no scientific studies demonstrating any health benefits of raw meat diets, their appeal is based on word of mouth testimonials and perceived benefits.

This isn't entirely true, as new studies are being published, are starting to emerge as raw diets become more popular among pet owners.


Studies on pets on a commercial dry food versus a meat-based diet.


A few universities such as the university of helsinki have done studies on dogs and cats on a commercial dry food versus a meat-based diet:


  1. One recent study being the improvement in atopic dermatitis and dogs on a raw meat-based diet compared to dogs on a commercial diet.
  2. Number two the possibility of nutritional imbalances while the raw diet sounds nice and even may make sense to the veterinarian from an ancestral perspective, there's a lot that goes into understanding your animal's specific nutritional needs and leaving it up to the owner to figure it.
  3. All out doesn't sit well with veterinarians not everyone will go through the effort of learning what it takes to balance their pets meals and sometimes may not even realize that it's even necessary to do commercial food is balanced with the vitamins and nutrients your pet needs to sustain life.

Those requirements need to be fulfilled with a raw diet as well i remember a client coming in to board their dog at one of the veterinary hospitals i worked at, and the owner said that the dog was on a raw diet, so naturally, i was super excited, but when i saw that the dog's meals consisted of hamburger meat and eggshells, i was pretty horrified often times, it's just safer to say no to the raw diet than assume or hope that the client is going to do the right thing veterinary nutritionist.


According to Dr. Lisa Weath, if an owner chooses to feed a home-prepared diet, they should be counseled on the risks of this feeding strategy, and many veterinarians simply do not feel comfortable with this feeding strategy, doing this number three, the risk of salmonella there are bacterial risks when preparing raw meat that pet owners need to be aware of which adds to the list of liabilities, the vet has to carry when giving the okay for a raw diet teaching someone what to do and what not to do when handling raw meat, may often seem like a lot to go over and the risks just don't outweigh the possible benefits.


According to acvn board-certified nutritionist, dr. sherry sanders veterinarians who recommend feeding raw meat or eggs without giving full disclosure of the risks and precautions may face legal ramifications veterinarians use sources like the FDA CVM which claim that some commercial raw pet food may be at higher risk of salmonella contamination but the research still isn't clear on what particular strains and quantities of salmonella actually cause illness in dogs and cats when it comes down to it most conventional vets.


Also read Vet cat vaccination blog.


Just don't want to deal with the risks involved they don't want to be held responsible if someone does it wrong or ends up harming themselves or their pets in any way, so my advice to owners:


  1. Your vet is not your enemy they're the one that you need to trust with your pet's overall health instead of blocking everything.
  2. They're saying out reason with them and try to get them to reason with you.
  3. As well if all else fails find another vet.
  4. My advice to vets the raw diet is still fairly new and it may be beneficial to investigate the diet yourself from an unbiased standpoint, so you can better advise your client if they're doing something that may harm their pet, don't just tell them explain to them show them and teach them if they're truly feeding an imbalanced raw diet work with them and provide sources where they can learn how to balance it or refer them to a nutritionist because even i know that an unbalanced raw diet is worse than a balanced low quality kibble, the two of you need to work as a team for your pet's well-being remember that you may not always be right, and there will always be shades of grey is the raw diet actually dangerous.
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