Infosheet: Raw Meat Diets for Pet Owners

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Davies RH, et al. Raw diets for dogs and cats: a review with particular reference to microbiological hazards. J Small Animal Practice. 2019;60:329-339.

Finley R, et al. The risk of salmonellae shedding by dogs fed Salmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diets. Can Vet J. 2007;48(1):69-75.

Groat EF, et al. UK dogs eating raw meat diets have higher risk of Salmonella and antimicrobial-resistant Escherichia coli faecal carriage. J Small Animal Practice. 2022;63(6):435-441. doi: 10.1111/jsap.13488

Joffe DJ, Schlesinger DP. Preliminary assessment of the risk of Salmonella infection in dogs fed raw chicken diets. Can Vet J. 2002;43:441–442.

Kaindama L, et al. A cluster of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli 0157:H7 highlights raw pet food as an emerging potential source of infection in humans. Epidemiol Infect. 2021:149:e124.

Stogdale L. One veterinarian’s experience with owners who are feeding raw meat to their pets. Can Vet J. 2019;60(6):655-658.

O’Halloran, C et al. Feline tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis infection of domestic UK cats associated with feeding a commercial raw food diet. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2021;68(4):2308-2320. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13889

Public Health Agency of Canada. Public Health Notice: Outbreak of extensively drug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw pet food and contact with cattle. 11-Nov-2023.  Accessed February 2024.

Public Health Agency of Canada. Public Health Notice: Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Carnivora brand frozen raw pet food. 12-Aug-2020.  Accessed February 2024.

Schmidt VM, et al. Antimicrobial resistance risk factors and characterization of faecal E.coli isolated from healthy Labrador retrievers in the United Kingdom. Prev Vet Med. 2015;119(1-2);39-40.

Weese JS, et al. Bacteriological evaluation of commercial canine and feline raw diets. Can Vet J. 2005;46(6):513-516.