15th April 01:40
Is feeding dog raw meat bad for them?
The vast majority of veterinarians disaprove of the BARF diet. Not
one single Diplomate of the American Colelge of Veterinary Nutrition
agrees that BARF feeding is a good idea. The BARF phenomena is a fad
diet that is based on a series of myths. See below for the myths.
If you have children at home this is a dangerous practice.
Bacterial contamination in raw meats is extremely common. BARFers who
make the decision to feed the BARF diet do so entirely based upon
emotional decision, there is no data that supports this fad.
Myth 1 - Claimed similarities between modern wild canids and the
domestic dog, and thus modern domestic dogs therefore have identical
genetic development and nutritional needs as wild canids.
Myth 2 - Claims of increased disease levels and shortened life spans in
pet dogs versus claimed lack of disease and increased life spans in
wild ancestral canids like wolves and coyotes.
Myth 3 - Claimed reduced levels of parasites.
Myth 4 - Claimed reduced levels of food intolerance, adverse reactions
to foods, and or "allergies".
Myth 5 - Claims that feeding "raw meaty bones" are good for
Myth 6 - Claimed increased value of uncooked foods versus cooked
foods and subsequent loss of trace micro-nutrients by the cooking
All of these myths are just that purely myths without any
substantiation in science.