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John Burns writes about WSAVA Statement on Raw-Meat Diets

Published: Friday, May 1, 2015

The Veterinary Record dated 2nd May 2015 reports “There is currently no properly documented evidence of health benefits for raw meat-based diets (RMBD), but there are well documented risks.”

This comes from a policy statement from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA) Global Nutrition Committee.  The statement says that Raw Meat-based diets carry a high risk of contamination with bacteria and parasites and other pathogens.  Other health concerns include risks from bones (constipation, diarrhoea, dental fractures, gastro-intestinal obstruction) and hyperthyroidism from consumption of thyroid tissue.

See here for more information.

Coincidently, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council election results were announced this week.  As usual, the candidate whose solitary policy is that pets should be fed exclusively on raw meat-based diets came bottom of the poll yet again. No surprise there but he did get 377 votes.  This raises some important ethical and legal questions for members of the profession who recommend raw meat-based diets to their clients.  If an animal were to suffer an illness from a RMBD following a vet’s recommendation, would the vet be wide open to being sued or hauled before the RCVS Disciplinary Panel and accused of misconduct and failure to act in the best interests of the animal?  I’m only asking.

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