No question is too silly, and I am happy to set the record straight. First and foremost, you have to consider the big picture - is the information you've received from a competitor trying to sell puppies? A Vet's office or pet store with shelves full of dog kibble? And next, I ask that you just do simple research.
"If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it is the truth."
A great source of information is: www.rawfed.com/myths
My dog will get sick from salmonella or some other bacteria, if it's fed raw.
Yes, your dog might get sick. It might also get sick from kibble! Or even die! Generally dogs getting sick from a raw fed diet, have some underlying problem which has been brought to light by the diet change. Dogs saliva contains lysozyme - an enzyme that lysis and destroys harmful bacteria. Their digestive system is designed to push food through quickly, not allowing time for bacteria to colonize and cause problems. And the gut is extremely acidic, killing off much of any bacteria. Many times, kibble has been pulled off shelves due to salmonella, bacteria and molds. Most cases of severe septicemia have been kibble fed animals or those suffering from vaccine reactions
My children will pick up bacteria/salmonella from the dogs mouth, if it's fed raw.
Yes, your children might pick up bacteria/salmonella from the dogs mouth. Is this strictly due to raw fed? NO! Quite often dogs shed salmonella in their feces - kibble fed as well! (An indication that they are pushing the bacteria through and not getting sick.) Are you afraid of the children picking up salmonella from kibble fed dogs? Are you afraid of the bacteria your children might get from the dog after it licks it's backside and genitals? Eats the horse manure? Cow manure? Goose poop? Dead things in the garden? Let's use common sense here! I buy human quality meat for my dogs - the same grade that my family eats. I freeze it and use the same methods of hygiene that I use anytime I handle meat. I wash all utensils, plates, bowls, etc. that the meat has touched, as well as counters, and my hands. Does the possibility of getting salmonella from the meat that you eat, mean that you shall no longer eat meat? The difference is, that dogs MUST have raw meat, for optimum health.
In an Aug./04 report, The Salmonella Myth by Mogens Eliasen, PhD, he claims that research shows that dogs do not carry salmonella in their saliva even after eating infected food., and about 1/2 will show moderate concentrations in their feces. From the U.S. Centre For Disease Control, Health Stats for 2001/02, there were 585 deaths due to salmonella. 556 were attributable to food, leaving 29 POSSIBLY due to dogs OR ANOTHER FOOD SOURCE! This would indicate that of a population of 293,000,000, the risk would be .25ppm of infection and .05ppm of dying, as compared to 108 ppm of being murdered; 100ppm of being killed in traffic; 11ppm for people over 91 to die of flu or pneumonia.
These are the two most common questions I get. I am sure that I shall be adding to this page as time goes by! LOL! Meantime, some quotes I'd like you to consider:
"Meat products not intended for human consumption, such as inedible tissues, condemned portions of carcasses, and entire carcasses of condemned animals (eg, animals found to be dead, dying, disabled or diseased at the time of slaughter), are also used for dog food. Because of the inherent nature of these products and the less stringent handling requirements, compared with products approved for human consumption, these products may contain high levels of bacterial contamination." (LeJuene, J.T. and D. D. Hancock, 2001. Public health concerns associated with feeding raw meat diets to dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 219(9): 1222)
"Pet food, commercial or homemade provide an ideal environment for bacterial proliferation." (LeJuene, J. T. and D. D. Hancock, 2001. Public health concerns associated with feeding raw meat diets to dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 219(9): 1224)
From the British Journal of Small Animal Practice: "A growing number of Vets state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In Dec. 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food supresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. This research, initially conducted by Dr Tom Lonsdale, was researched further by the Australian Veterinary Association and proven to be correct." - Canine Health Concern Dr Donald Strombeck tells us, "if salmonella really is a problem, then we should be just as concerned with processed pet food." He states that, "Salmonella has been found in commercial pet foods, something the public never learns." - Dr Donald Strombeck, PhD, DVM, Professor Emeritus