Why are vets against raw diets? 4 key reasons
1) Lack of nutritional training
Many vets aren’t extensively trained on the topic of nutrition in vet school .
This lack of knowledge regarding healthy feeding practices means many vets tend to err on the side of caution when clients seek advice on feeding their pets a raw diet.
Thankfully, some vets go out of their way to receive additional education on nutrition from other, specialised institutions, which is why we’re now seeing an increasing number of raw feeding vets in the UK.
2) Health concerns
Veterinarians are scientists. For this reason, they have a wealth of knowledge about bacterial risks.
One common myth about raw feeding that is often cited by vets that are against raw diets, is that it’s unsafe due to bacterial concerns.
However, much of the prevalence of bacteria in raw meat stems from lack of testing for these organisms.
Reputable raw feeding companies follow stringent safety protocols.
These include proper freezing practices and safety testing, both measures have virtually eliminated the risk of harmful bacteria in raw dog food , especially when dog owners adhere to standard storage/handling guidelines.