A raw meat diet may have a downside for dogs

Written by Kara Morris HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay reporter

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Thursday, July 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Feeding raw meat to your dog may spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to researchers who studied the droppings of dogs fed these meals.

What did British scientists find? Dogs fed raw meat were more likely to shed resistant antibiotics Escherichia coli in their feces.

Meanwhile, previous research has found that everyday interactions between dogs and their owners have the potential to spread bacteria.

“We know that humans and animals share bacteria with each other, so what we find in your pet may be inside of you as well,” said Kristin Reher, professor of veterinary epidemiology and population health at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Medicine and one of them. Author in search.

“Pet owners should be encouraged to practice good hygiene, and not feeding your dog raw food can be part of this,” Rehr said in a university news release. “We can all do our part to reduce antibiotic resistance and its terrible effects on human and animal health.”

For pet owners, this may mean not feeding their dogs raw meat or, if they do, taking extra precautions when handling meat and being extra careful when cleaning out dog poop.

The last two studies looked at raw meat diets in both adult dogs and 16-week-old puppies, a total of more than 800 dogs.

Owners completed questionnaires about their dogs, their diets, and their environment. They also provided stool samples from their pets.

The researchers analyzed the samples for the presence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria. They analyzed risk factors to explore associations between lifestyle factors, environments reported in the owner survey and detection of Escherichia coli resistance.

The team found that dogs fed raw meat meals were more likely to secrete antibiotic-resistant bacteria, regardless of age or how long they had been fed.

Matthew Avison, a professor of molecular bacteriology from the university’s School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, who led the microbiology aspects of the studies, said. “This does not mean that the animal or the owner will get sick.”

E. coli is a widespread bacteria found in the intestines of all humans and animals, Avison said. He noted that it is a common cause of many diseases including urinary tract infections and can cause serious illness, including sepsis, if it spreads to other parts of the body.

“We must do everything we can to reduce the circulation of the very important antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli bacteria,” Avison said in the statement. Our research adds to the growing evidence that not feeding dogs raw meat may help achieve this goal.

The results of the second study were published on July 21 in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, While the other report was published earlier this year in the magazine one health.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on Escherichia coli.

Source: University of Bristol, press release, 20 July 2022

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