Raw Meat Based Diets For Their Pets Essay

1815 Words Nov 17th, 2015 8 Pages
As human are getting more concerns on the quality of food for themselves, they also starting to care about what they feed their domestic pets. In recent years, raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) have become popular since the awareness of food quality arose. Many pet owners treat their domestic pets like family members and want to provide the best for their domestic pets, including food. This is a way of showing the love to the companion animals and strengthen the owner-pet relationship. Another reason why pet owners are switching diets for their pets is the major recall of pet food caused by melamine contamination in 2007. This has brought up consumer’s attention to the safeness of commercial dry extruded and moist pet foods which are not absolutely safe to feed. Pet owners are getting doubtful of large pet food manufacturers whose pet foods are not in good quality and safe as claimed (Freeman et al 1550). From then on, pet owners source for alternative quality pet foods resulting in the increasingly popular trend of RMBDs. However, there are still many concerns of feeding raw meat-based diets; one major concern is the pathogen contamination of raw meat that is fatal to both human and animals. Research found that those concerns are not necessary; in fact, feeding RMBDs will enhance the health of animals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not encourage pet owners to feed raw meat to pets. This is because raw meat contains a lot of pathogens which are disease…

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